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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Grizzlies top Bulldogs 2-1 in overtime



The game started with the Dogs pushing on the opening shift before then getting caught in their zone on an icing on back to back instances. The game continued to be fairly tight through the first half of the period, with neither side looking especially sharp or being able to generate much in the way of sustained pressure. The Grizzlies would open the scoring just short of the midway point of the period at the end of an attacking zone shift that saw Riley Hughes power out of the left corner before putting a cross-ice pass into the right circle where Jeremie Bucheler found it and beat John Hawthorne with a quick release five hole. Lach Hadley also drew an assist on the play at 9:21 of the first. The Grizzlies would earn a power play four minutes later and looked dangerous on it, but Hawthorne and the Bulldog penalty killers stood tall to keep it a one-goal game. There would be no further scoring through the period, with the Bulldogs having several great chances turned aside by Kurtis Chapman to protect the lead. Shots in the first were 15-13 Bulldogs.


The second period was similar to the first, with the teams trading chances and the Bulldogs continuing to get their opportunities but through the middle of the period being unable to beat Kurtis Chapman despite two power play opportunities. The lead stood until the back-half of the period, with Chapman making a fantastic diving save with his paddle to keep it 1-0 with 6:22 remaining in the period, but injuring himself on the play. The Dogs would continue to push, and tied the game with Keenan Rancier making a couple good saves in the first few minutes of relief. He wasn't to blame on the one that beat him, as Spencer Hora kept the puck in at the right point and put a perfect D-to-D pass to the left point for Marcus Walter. He would get a low shot on goal, that Ryan Miotto deflected inside the far post on the doorstep to make it 1-1 at 14:05 of the second. The pace would pick up almost immediately after the goal, with Hawthorne coming up with two good saves, while Chapman returned to the net after receiving attention. Neither team would find the net, as it remained 1-1 after 40 minutes. Shots in the frame were 18-13 Bulldogs, for a 33-26 Bulldog advantage.


The third period seemed somewhat similar to the first two through the midway point of it, as neither team could find the net or manage to sustain any extended pressure in the attacking zone. The Bulldogs came up with a penalty kill to keep it tied, before attacking on the rush with a great chance at the net that saw Chapman stop Grayson Valente in tight. The teams didn't give up much either way through the remainder of regulation, with the best chances maybe coming in the final minute, as John Hawthorne came up with a big glove save on Alex Newhook. At the other end, Aaron Bohlinger drove the net but couldn't get a banker to beat Chapman with under 10 seconds to play. Third period shots were 12-10 Bulldogs, for a 45-36 lead after 60 minutes.


Overtime wasn't the prettiest to watch, with the Bulldogs having the initial possession but being unable to generate and opportunity. The Grizzlies would have back to back possessions off faceoffs, but couldn't generate much either as they repeatedly exited the attacking zone to attempt to generate a chance on the rush. The Bulldogs would win possession off a save by Hawthorne that saw Alex Newhook run him over on a net drive. They attempted to attack on the rush, but Alex Newhook made a nice defensive play to strip the puck and attack on the rush. He would draw a delayed penalty, but it didn't matter as he entered the zone on a 2 on 1 up the left wing where he put a perfect cross-ice pass onto the tape of Alex Campbell who one-timed it up and over Hawthorne for the game winner at 3:10 of overtime.


Overtime shots were 3-1 Grizzlies, for a game total of 46-39 Bulldogs, with John Hawthorne earning 2nd star honours with the loss while Kurtis Chapman earned 1st star honours with the win. Each team went 0 for 2 on the power play.

The Bulldogs are next in action Friday in Salmon Arm.


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Bulldogs host Grizzlies tonight, "Pink the Rink"


It's the second meeting between these teams in as many days, as the Grizzlies (8-5-0-0, 1st Island) return the favour and visit the Bulldogs (5-7-0-0, 3rd Island) tonight at the Multiplex to conclude this home and home set.

The opener was last night at the Q Centre, where the Bulldogs won their second straight, 5-3 while the Grizzlies lost their second straight.


It's Breast Cancer Awareness month, and the Bulldogs are encouraging fans to wear pink to tonight's game.

Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey will be on the air on 93.3 The Peak FM starting at 6:45 for our pregame show, with the puck drop to follow at 7:00. I'll be responsible for the play-by-play while Bruce MacDonald handles the colour commentary and analysis.



Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Josh Mitchell (2009-2012), who's now into his third season with the Hamburg Crocodiles after a four year career with the NCAA's RIT Tigers. 





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Friday, October 12, 2018

*UPDATED WITH HIGHLIGHTS* Bulldogs win second straight, 5-3 over Grizzlies in Victoria

Here's some highlights to check out from tonight. 

Hammer





The Grizzlies had a good opportunity on the rush off the opening puck drop, before the Bulldogs pushed back with a good shift in the attacking zone. Seconds later, the Bulldogs ended up in the penalty box when Marcus Walter finished a check on Alex Newhook. The Bulldogs killed it off, with Cole Demers tested but turning away a couple of shots. The Grizzlies took a 1-0 lead 7:04 into the first when Carter Berger took a Alex Newhook pass at centre ice up the left wing and carried it over the Bulldog line into the left circle where he pulled the puck back and put a quick release on net that went off the tip of the glove of Demers and in to make it 1-0 Grizzlies at 7:04 of the first. Just 19 seconds later it was 2-0 on what is best described as an odd goal, as Berger put a wrister on goal from the left point that was head high, where it hit something and bounced skyward before ending up in the back of the net. The Bulldogs protested, the Officials conferenced, but the initial call of good goal stood as it was 2-0, with Jeremie Bucheler and Lach Hadley assisting at 7:23 of the period. The Bulldogs showed zero signs of letting the quick two-goal hole deflate them, as they instantly pushed back and put a plethora of pucks on Kurtis Chapman in the Victoria net. They would be rewarded for their efforts in the back half of the period when Tanner Pochipinski succeeded with a determined effort to dump a puck out of mid air at neutral ice into the Victoria zone. They would quickly turn it over, as Ethan Jones skated onto it and put a high shot on Chapman that resulted in a rebound that Dawson Tritt ripped high far-side over the glove of Chapman to make it 2-1 at 13:11 of the first. Just 1:01 later it was a tie game, as Jackson Doucet retrieved a loose puck and sped up the right wall in the Victoria zone before finding Darren Rizzolo entering the zone at the left point. He would make a perfect cross-ice pass onto the tape of Keaton Mastrodonato, who fired it into the open side to make it 2-2 at 14:12 of the period. The Bulldogs ended up in the penalty box a minute later, but again manged to kill it off to keep it tied. Shots in the first were 18-13 Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs came out strong to open the second, carrying the play and spending extended periods of the Victoria zone in opening up a 9-0 advantage of shorts just short of five minutes into the period. They continued to push and control the game, and finally got the go-ahead goal thanks to solid defence in their zone as Spencer Hora checked Ryan Nolan three times and finally manged to knock the puck loose high in the zone for Stephen Castagna. He would make a perfect head-man pass onto the tape of a speeding Mitchel Deelstra, who wouldn't be caught as he raced in alone where he lifted a shot high past the blocker of Chapman to make it 3-2 at 7:55 of the second. The Dogs finally earned their first power play chance of the game less than two minutes later, and took just four seconds to make it count as Evan Googins won a face off to the front of the net where Keaton Mastrodonato out-waited Chapman to get him down and out before lifting it home high on the forehand to make it 4-2 at 9:16 of the second on the power play.  The Grizzlies were awarded a power play late in the period, but again the Dogs killed it to protect their lead. Shots in the period were 18-8 Bulldogs, for a 38-21 advantage after 40 minutes.

The Grizzlies earned a power play early in the third, with the Dogs protecting their lead with Cole Demers coming up with a couple big saves in tight to keep it a two goal game. The Dogs then had a couple of power play chances of their own, but they couldn't make them count to further pad their lead. The Grizzlies would make a game of it at the conclusion of the second penalty, as Ryan Nolan exited the box and picked up a perfect stretch pass from Nico Somerville to skate in alone where he beat Demers inside the post blocker side to make it 4-3, with Riley Hughes also drawing an assist at 13:18 of the third. The Bulldogs showed no panic in defending their lead, with the Grizzlies pulling their goalie in the final minute. Keaton Mastrodonato would hustle hard to negate an icing, and Cole Demers would come up with a huge save on a broken play that ended up in the hashmarks for Alex Campbell, who one-timed it on net only to be denied by Demers. Darren Rizzolo would poke it ahead for Keaton Mastrodonato, who put a perfect pass onto the tape on Ryan Miotto, who gained the red line before hitting the empty net to seal the deal for the 5-3 final at 19:34 of the third.

Shots in the period were 13-6 Grizzlies, for a final total of 42-34 Bulldogs, with Cole Demers picking up the win while Kurtis Chapman took the loss. The Dogs went 1 for 3 on the power play while the Grizzlies went 0 for 5.

With the win, the Dogs have now won two in a row, and the Grizzlies have lost two in a row.

These teams meet again tomorrow night at the Multiplex to conclude this home and home set.


Hammer


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Bulldogs visit Grizzlies tonight to open Home and Home set



After seven straight games for the Bulldogs (4-7-0-0, 3rd Island) against out-of-division opponents, it's the first of back to back games against the Grizzlies (8-4-0-0, 1st Island) tonight at the Q Centre.

The Bulldogs were last in action Saturday night at home, where they picked up a 4-3 overtime win over the Trail Smoke Eaters.

The Grizzlies last played Sunday in West Kelowna, where they had a six game winning streak snapped with a 4-1 loss to the Warriors.

Tonight's meeting is the second between the teams this season, the previous being a 5-1 Victoria win spoiling the Bulldog Home Opener on September 14th.




If you can't make it down to the Q Centre, we'll bring the game to you on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM, with the pregame show on the air at 6:45 and the game action to follow at 7:00pm. Bruce MacDonald will be on hand to provide analysis and colour commentary while I'll take care of the play-by-play and hosting responsibilities.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission feature is this week's edition of "Island Division this Week", courtesy of Dan Marshall, the play-by-play voice of the Nanaimo Clippers on 106.9 The Wolf in Nanaimo.

If you missed it last week - the premise is simple. It's a recap of the week that was, and a preview of the week coming up with the Broadcast voices of all the BCHL's Island Division teams.



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Saturday, October 06, 2018

*UPDATED WITH HIGHLIGHTS* Dogs comeback to top Smokies 4-3 in OT

UPDATE - Here's some highlights.


Hammer





The Bulldogs got off to a great start with several pucks on net on the opening shift of the game. The Smoke Eaters countered on the rush a minute later, with Cole Demers making a great save on Bryce Anderson. The Bulldogs continued to push the pace and put pucks on net, but the good start was quickly erased by back to back penalties where the Bulldogs were careless with their sticks, clipping Smoke Eaters up high. The Bulldogs would kill off the 5 on 3 of 1:07 in duration, with Demers making a handful of big saves, including one of a highlight reel variety diving on his stomach to get his glove up to rob Tyler Ghiradosi of what was a completely wide open net. It would be all for naught unfortunately, as the Smoke Eaters found the net seconds later to open the scoring as a shot was stopped off a deflection before ending up at the side of the net where Tyler Ghiradosi found it and lifted it home before Demers could recover. Trevor Zins drew the lone assist at 7:18 of the first. The Bulldogs didn't appear to be deflated, as they kept their foot on the gas and were rewarded with a power play when Dawson Tritt was tripped up after chipping it at neutral ice past the last man back. The Bulldogs would make it count, as Aaron Bohlinger set up Darren Rizzolo at the top of the point, where he slid it over to Isaac Tonkin-Palmer at the top of the left circle. He would blast a one-timer on net that was stopped by Tanner Marshall, but Mitchel Deelstra fired the rebound home for his third in three straight games to tie it at 1-1 at 9:55 of the first. The Bulldogs continued to push and generate chances, with Marshall coming up big to keep it tied. The Bulldogs would somehow end up with the extra penalty when the dust settled, as the Smokies went to the power play late in the frame. The Bulldogs killed it off, and came painfully close to getting the go-ahead goal as Mitchel Deelstra slid the puck across the crease for Dawson Tritt, who couldn't get a stick on it cleanly to jam it home. Shots in the first were 15-14 Bulldogs.


The Bulldogs had another fantastic chance to take the lead two minutes into the second, but Tanner Marshall stared down Isaac Tonkin-Palmer on a breakaway with a big glove save. The Bulldogs would be penalized short of the midway point of the period, but again came up with a big kill to keep it 1-1. Marshall would again come up with a big save with his glove at it's conclusion on Nicholas Seitz on a 2 on 1 rush. The Bulldogs would continue to carry the bulk of the play, but they couldn't take the lead. The Smoke Eaters instead would cash in to go up 2-1, as Cole Demers made a good first save on Diarmad DiMurro, but he couldn't recover back to the post before Carter Jones tucked it home on a wrap around at 15:38 of the second. The Bulldogs would earn a power play a minute and change later on a dust up after an Isaac Tonkin-Palmer check on Jeremy Smith, that saw Smith jump up and chase him down to retaliate. The Dogs couldn't capitalize on it though, as the Smoke Eaters held the lead into the third. Shots in the period were 11-5 Bulldogs, for a 26-19 Bulldog lead after 40 minutes.


The Bulldogs began the third with another Grade A scoring chance on the rush, as Ryan Miotto put a Keaton Mastrodonato pass low on net, with Marshall coming up with a pad save but giving up a big rebound. Jackson Doucet would walk in alone on it, but Marshall somehow out-waited him and got something on it to protect the lead. The pace continued to be high through the back-half of the period, with the Bulldogs appearing to tie it for a fleeting moment but the goal was waved off on contact on the goaltender in the crease as it stayed 2-1. The Bulldogs just kept pushing, and would get rewarded for it at the end of a long shift in the attacking zone that saw Keaton Mastrodonato do a good job to retreive a loose puck off a failed one-timer set up by Ryan Novecosky to feed it back to the left point for Grayson Valente. He would blast a puck at the net that hit something and bounce into the air where Keaton Mastrodonato baseball-ed it to tie the game at 2-2 at 14:39 of the third. The Bulldogs attacked off the ensuing face-off, and the Smokies held on to force a draw in their end. It would end up in the back of the net just 1:01 later as Ryan Miotto won the draw back to Aaron Bohlinger, who put a quick release high short-side off the post and in past the glove of Marshall to make it 3-2 Bulldogs at 15:40 of the third. The Dogs wouldn't be able to find any insurance, and the Smoke Eaters didn't quit, as they pulled their goalie for the extra attacker and forced overtime when Trevor Zins took a feed at the line from Carter Jones that he somehow found a way to get on net through a maze of bodies and past the blocker of Demers to tie it at 3-3 at 19:30 of the third. Shots in the third were 15-5 Bulldogs, for a 60 minute total of 41-24 Bulldogs.

Overtime was a clinic, with the Smoke Eaters barely touching the puck as the Dogs out shot them 6-0 and had a pair of fresh legs against a tired trio running around their zone that led to Ryan Miotto taking a crack on net after Keaton Mastrodonato and Aaron Bohlinger were both stopped by Marshall. Miotto would beat his man through the left circle to drive in on net where Marshall made the first save, but Miotto stuck with it and poked the rebound home for the game winner and the 4-3 final.

Final shots were 47-24 Bulldogs, with Cole Demers earning 2nd star honours with the win while Tanner Marshall took 1st star honours with the loss. The Bulldogs went 1 for 2 on the power play, while Trail was 0 for 4.

The Bulldogs are next in action Friday in Victoria, before returning home to host the Grizzlies on Saturday.

Have a great Thanksgiving weekend,

Hammer
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Bulldogs host Smoke Eaters tonight


It's the second consecutive game at home for the Bulldogs (3-7-0-0, 3rd Island) as they host the Trail Smoke Eaters (5-3-1-0 2nd Interior) for the second meeting between the teams in just eight days.

The Bulldogs were in action last night at home, where they lost a 4-3 heart breaker to the Merritt Centennials. The Smokies were in Powell River last night, where they topped the Kings 3-1.

These teams last met Friday night in Trail, a 7-3 Smoke Eaters win.



Catch all the action with myself and Bruce MacDonald on 93.3 The Peak FM's Bulldog Broadcasts, brought to you by Van Isle Ford. The pregame show commences at 6:45, with the game action to follow at 7:00pm.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission Feature Guest is Trevor Miller, the play-by-play voice of the Trail Smoke Eaters.


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Friday, October 05, 2018

Great effort falls short, Centennials top Bulldogs 4-3



The Centennials got a fantastic chance in the first half minute of the game, on a blown faceoff assignment that resulted in Nick Granowicz walking alone to the hashmarks where John Hawthorne came up with a big blocker save. The Bulldogs pushed back with a couple good shifts in Merritt zone over the following minutes. The hockey was fantastic to watch through the first period, with the Centennials having a couple good chances around the net, followed by the Bulldogs pushing the pace and earning several great chances as a result, with Vincent Duplessis making a great first save on an Austin Spiradakis shot, and a highlight reel right pad save on the rebound on Nicholas Seitz. The Bulldogs would open the scoring just over twelve minutes in, as Spencer Hora gloved down a flip into the zone and slid it into the left circle for Nicholas Seitz. He would go end-to-end through centre and over the Merritt line with speed up the left side where he beat Duplessis with a quick release, high far-side over his glove to make it 1-0 at 12:20 of the first. There would be no scoring for the remainder of the period, with John Hawthorne again tested several times in tight and coming up big to protect the lead into the intermission. Shots in the first were 13-8 Centennials.


The Bulldogs began the second with over a minute on the power play, but couldn't cash in on it. Just a minute later, it was a 1-1 game as Joey Berkopec put a low shot on net that appeared to be deflected off the post and in past the glove of Hawthorne, with Jackson Munro drawing the only assist at 2:13 of the second. The pace remained high through the middle of the period, with neither team able to take the lead. The Centennials would capitalize on a power play chance just a minute later, with Nicholas Wicks accepting a pass up the right side over the Bulldog line and walking it behind the net before centering onto the tape of Rylan Van Unen in tight who one-timed a perfectly placed shot high over Hawthorne from the doorstep. Nick Granowicz also drew an assist on the play at 11:44 of the second. The Bulldogs pushed back and tied it up on a power play of their own, on another end-to-end rush as Darren Rizzolo played the puck back into the Bulldogs zone for Aaron Bohlinger, who dropped it for Mitchel Deelstra. He would go end-to-end much like Nicholas Seitz, as the Centennials gave him the middle of the ice and he took it, driving through two defenders to skate in alone where he picked the top corner over the glove of Duplessis to make it 2-2 at 16:42 of the second. The Bulldogs earned another power play immediately afterwards, and while they threatened they couldn't find the net to take the lead as it stayed 2-2 into the third. Shots in the period were 11-8 Bulldogs in the period, for a 21-19 Centennials lead.


The third period began with the Centennials having an early edge in the play. It would lead to the go-ahead goal, as after a couple good saves by Hawthorne in tight a low shot by Nick Granowicz from the deep slot that just managed to slide over the goal line while the whistle sounded to make it 3-2 Cents, with Nicholas Wicks drawing the lone assist at 3:09 of the third. The Bulldogs still were a step behind over the next  couple of minutes, but John Hawthorne came up two or three good saves to keep them in it. They would respond to tie the game with eight minutes to play when Darren Rizzolo broke  a play up in the Dogs zone before head-manning it up the right side for Aaron Bohlinger at centre ice. He quickly found Ryan Miotto at the Merritt line, who walked into the right circle where he put a perfectly played shot top corner, short-side over the glove of Duplessis to make it 3-3 at 12:02 of the third. The Bulldogs would be penalized on the goal, but came up with a solid kill to keep it tied. The score remained tied into the late stages of the third, with John Hawthorne coming up with a huge save on an in-alone chance by Rylan Van Unen with just over two minutes to play to keep it tied. It wouldn't matter unfortunately, as just a minute later the Centennials took the lead for good as Bradley Cocca accepted a pass at centre and walked over the Bulldog line up the left side where he cut to the middle and pulled the puck back before putting a perfectly placed short short-side off the post and in past the blocker of Hawthorne to make it 4-3 at 18:34 of the third, with Christian Sabin drawing the only assist. The Bulldogs got their goalie out for the extra attacker and had a couple dangerous looking scrambles but they couldn't get a bounce to tie the game as time expired.

Third period shots were 12-8 Centennials, for a game total of 33-27 Merritt, with Vincent Duplessis and John Hawthorne being the goalies of record. Both teams went 1 for 4 on the power play.

The Bulldogs are next in action tomorrow when they host the Trail Smoke Eaters.


Hammer

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Bulldogs finally back on home ice to host Centennials tonight

After six straight games on the road and last seeing action on home ice twenty days ago, the Bulldogs (3-6-0-0, 3rd Island) are finally back on their own ice tonight as they host the Merritt Centennials (5-4-0-0. T-1st Interior) for the first meeting between the teams this season.

The Bulldogs were last in action Sunday afternoon in Surrey, where they ended a three in three road trip by halting a six game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the Eagles.

The Centennials last saw the ice Saturday night in Vernon, where they snapped a two game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Vipers.

I'll be great to be back in the booth at home, and even better to have the rest of the team there, as Bruce MacDonald provides colour commentary and analysis with Dan Tisserand compiling and providing statistics. Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM is live starting at 6:45 for the pregame show, with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 7:00.


Tonight's 2nd Intermission Feature Guest is Trevor Miller, the play-by-play voice of the Trail Smoke Eaters, who the Bulldogs host tomorrow night.



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Sunday, September 30, 2018

Bulldogs top Eagles 5-3 in Surrey




The pace was good both ways early, after a delay to start the game due to ice and zamboni issues. The Eagles had the first two opportunities on net, with John Hawthorne equal to the task. The Bulldogs were unable to push offensively before the Eagles opened the scoring as Spencer Hora took a high hit at the Bulldog line that appeared to stun him. He never recovered before the puck was in the back of the net as Ty Westgard put a shot on goal that was stopped by Hawthorne, but the Eagle Forward in Chase Stevenson out fought the Bulldog in front to lift it by Hawthorne to make it 1-0 at 3:38 of the first, with Eric Linell also drawing an assist. The Bulldogs were penalized twice consecutively throughout the middle stages of the period, with the Eagles threatening but Hawthorne coming up with a handful of big saves on Eric Linell, Liam Ryan and Chase Stevenson in tight to keep it 1-0. The Bulldogs earned a power play of their own later in the period, but couldn't cash in on it or generate a Grade A chance. The Bulldogs finished the period strong, hemming the Eagles in their end for the final minute and change but they couldn't find the net before the buzzer. Shots on goal in the first were 12-8 Eagles.


The second period saw the Bulldogs come out with a good jump to their step early, generating a couple good chances both on the rush, and on extended shifts in the attacking zone. They continued to be unable to generate much in the way of scoring chances to break the deadlock, as it remained a 1-0 Eagles lead through the midway point of regulation. As the period wore on, the Bulldogs continued to to all the right things, pushing the pace and putting pucks on net that ended up in chances that failed to go in. They kept at it, and were finally rewarded with four minutes to play in the period as Mitchel Deelstra took a Stephen Castagna pass over the Eagles line up the left wing. His initial bid was blocked, but he stayed with it and from below the goal line found Isaac Tonkin-Palmer driving the net. His first chance was blocked, but he refused to give up on it, managing to backhand toe the puck top corner over a fallen Cayden Bailey to tie it at 1-1 at 15:40 of the second. The Bulldogs had a couple great chances in tight over the following minutes, but were unable to take the lead as it remained 1-1 after 40 minutes. Shots in the period were 15-10 Bulldogs, for a 23-22 Bulldogs advantage after two periods.

The Bulldogs began the third the way the ended the second, carrying the better of the play and having good chances around the Eagle net, but Cayden Bailey kept it a 1-1 game. The Eagles would then take a 2-1 lead against the flow of play when a big hit by a Bulldog defender at their line saw blown coverage result in a pass from below the goal line to the deep slot that was one-timed by Hawthorne's glove by Chase Stevenson to make it 2-1 Eagles at 5:54 of the third. The Bulldogs failed to let it to them, as just eight seconds later it was a tie game as Aaron Bohlinger took a cheap hit without the puck at centre after he passed ahead for Isaac Tonkin-Palmer. He would gain the Eagles zone and find Stephen Castagna at the bottom of the right circle, where he in turn dished off to Mitchel Deelstra in the deep slot where he made no mistake in ripping one high over Bailey for his first as a Bulldog to tie it at 2-2 at 6:04 of the third. Brayden Shaw would be whistled for a major penalty on the his on Bohlinger for charging, putting the Bulldogs immediately on the power play. The first couple of minutes didn't look especially good, but the Bulldogs persisted to make it count as Evan Googins walked from the right wing behind the net and out to the left circle where he attempted to put the puck across the crease where it hit an Eagle leg and slid home five hole on Bailey to make it 3-2 at 9:35 of the third, with assists to Marcus Walter and Austin Spiridakis. The Bulldogs would play well with their lead into the late stages of the third when they were awarded a power play on an after the whistle skirmish around their net. They would make it count to open up a 4-2 lead as Aaron Bohlinger and Darren Rizzolo worked the puck around up top before setting up Evan Googins at the top of the right circle where he walked into the faceoff dot and ripped a shot far-side off the post and in past Bailey for his second of the game and a 4-2 lead at 16:49 of the third, on the power play. The Bulldogs wouldn't have long to think about their lead, as they were penalized on the following shift. The Eagles would gamble on the power play, pulling their goalie to make it a 6 on 4 advantage. The gamble paid off, as Ryan Miley simply put a puck at the net that caromed off a Bulldog leg and in past Hawthorne to make it 4-3 with 2:43 to play, with Ty Westgard drawing the only assist. The Bulldogs showed no sign of panic over the following minute, protecting their net and not giving up much. Into the final minute of play, Spencer Hora put the puck deep in the Dogs zone and fought an Eagle off of it to allow Ryan Miotto to carry the puck back of the goal where he rimmed it up the left side for Jackson Doucet. He made no mistake in chipping the puck to neutral ice, where Keaton Mastrodonato found it and spun and fired to hit the empty net to seal the deal and make it 5-3 Bulldogs at 19:07 of the third to complete the scoring.

Third period shots were 12-8 Bulldogs, for a game total in their favour of 35-30, with John Hawthorne earning the win in net while Cayden Bailey took the loss. The Bulldogs went 2 for 4 on the power play, while the Eagles were 1 for 4.

The Bulldogs are next in action Friday at home, when they host the Merritt Centennials.

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Bulldogs conclude weekend today in Surrey *4:00pm puck drop*




It's the conclusion of a three game weekend road trip for the Bulldogs (2-6-0-0, T-3rd Island) this afternoon, as they visit the Eagles (2-6-0-0, 5th Mainland) at the South Surrey Arena for a 4:00pm puck drop.

The Bulldogs were in Penticton last night, where a great effort still saw them fall short as they dropped their sixth straight, 2-0 to the Vees.

The Eagles were last in action Friday night at home, where they picked up a 3-2 shoot out win over the Prince George Spruce Kings. Earlier in the week they fell 8-0 to the Express in Coquitlam on Wednesday night.


It's a unique ice surface here in Surrey, as it's an International sized ice sheet which makes it much different than the other sheets in the league as it's 15 feet wider than regulation size at 200 x 100. There's obviously much more room to create offensively, but on the other side of that there's more room to defend in your own end. The key - at least how it was explained to me by a former Bulldog Coach, is to not chase outside the faceoff dots, as while the ice sheet is larger, it's still the same distance dot to dot.





I'll once again have the call for you on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey, on 93.3 The Peak FM, with the pregame show commencing the proceedings at 3:45 followed by the 4:00pm puck drop.




Today's 2nd Intermission guest is Lars Hepso (2010-2013)- our first (of what will hopefully be many) interviews with Bulldog Alumni throughout the season. Lars is a fantastic story - he's the President and Founder of Skate with Power, and this summer was named Skating Coach for the NHL's Arizona Coyotes.


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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Bulldogs fall 2-0 to Vees in Penticton




After a late start due to all the Home Opener ceremonies, the Vees got off to an early jump on the Bulldogs, having a couple solid chances due to misplayed pucks by the Bulldogs in the first couple of minutes of the game. John Hawthorne would be razor sharp, coming up with a couple solid saves in tight around his net to keep it tied. The Bulldogs would push back and get in the game, but were then on the defensive side of the puck on back to back instances when the Vees drew back to back power play opportunities. On the second chance, the Vees created a cross-ice one-timer set up off the back post, that appeared to hit the crossbar and stay out. The Referee at the net would immediately stop play however, and signal that it was a goal. Upon either further review from the other three Officials, or from the replay officials in the building, it was clear that the puck hit the crossbar and didn't in fact go in so the call was reversed. The Bulldogs got better at the period went on, but couldn't generate any Grade A chances to beat Jack LaFontaine. Shots in the first were 12-4 Vees.


The second period saw either team have their chances early, with Aaron Bohlinger driving the net forcing LaFontaine to make a good first save and a rebound stop at well. The Vees would counter and win an extended battle in the Dogs zone before working the puck to the slot where Hawthorne made a fantastic save on a one-timer from the slot, and a subsequent rebound stop as well. He couldn't stop a third chance though, as Andre Ghantous found the loose puck and banged it home to make it 1-0 Vees at 4:02 of the second. The Bulldogs generated a couple good looks to the midway point of the period, but they couldn't get a bounce around LaFontaine to tie the game. Each team had their chances throughout the remainder of the period, with a plethora of penalties late somewhat slowing the flow. During a delayed penalty in the dying seconds of the period, John Hawthorne came up with a huge save on and in-alone chance for Brendan Harrogate on a pass across the slot that saw him down and out, but able to get a glove up in desperation to keep it a 1-0 Vees lead after two periods. Shots were 8-aside in the second, for a 20-12 Vees advantage.

The penalties carried over to start the third, with the Bulldogs killing off a short 4 on 3 advantage for the Vees, and a follow up 5 on 4 power play. They were again penalized later in the period, but did a solid job in support of Hawthorne to not give up much. The Bulldogs had a fantastic chance to tie it at the midway point of the period, with an Aaron Bohlinger pass out of the corner finding Ryan Miotto in front, but Jack LaFontaine got his left pad on it. The period was played at a high pace through the final minutes, with the Bulldogs pushing but being unable to get a bounce to beat LaFontaine. The Vees would jump on a faceoff win in their end to create a turnover by the Bulldog defence to race in on a 2 on 0 rush with under four minutes to play. John Hawthorne would stare down Andre Ghantous, before coming up with a huge save on a cross-ice one time set up for Drew Elser that he got a blocker arm on to keep the Bulldogs in the game. It would be all for naught unfortunately, as less than a minute later the Bulldogs turned the puck over across their blue line, allowing David Silye to speed onto it up the right wing where he beat Hawthorne with a quick release high short-side to make it 2-0, unassisted with 2:29 to play. The Bulldogs pushed hard to the final buzzer, pulling their goalie with two minutes to play and generating a series of scrambles around the Vees net but they couldn't get to any available rebounds to make a game of it before time expired.

Third period shots were 15-11 Vees, for a game total in their favour of 35-23 with John Hawthorne earning 3rd star honours while taking the loss, with Jack LaFontaine earning the win with 1st star honours and the shut out. The Bulldogs went 0 for 3 on the power play, while the Vees went 0 for 6.


The Bulldogs conclude their road trip tomorrow afternoon in Surrey, a 4:00pm start.

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Bulldogs visit Vees tonight in Penticton *6:00 puck drop*



It's a fourth straight Interior Conference opponent tonight for the Bulldogs (2-5-0-0, T-3rd Island) as they travel to Penticton to face the Vees (3-3-0-0, T-6th Interior) at the South Okanagan Events Centre for a 6:00pm puck drop.

The Bulldogs were in Trail last night, where they lost their fifth in a row, 7-3 to the Smoke Eaters. The Vees meanwhile were in Merritt last night, where they picked up a 6-3 win over the Centennials.

There's no doubt going to be lots of emotions on both sides in this one. The Bulldogs have a couple of former Vees in Ryan Miotto and Henri Schreifels facing their old team after a Tuesday trade. The Vees meanwhile will make their home ice debut after playing six straight games on the road to start the season, so they'll surely be excited to play in front of their own fans for the first time.



Once again note the game time of 6:00pm, which means our pregame show on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM takes to the air at 5:45pm.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Steve Erickson, the play-by-play voice of the Surrey Eagles, who the Bulldogs face tomorrow at 4:00pm to conclude their road swing.



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Friday, September 28, 2018

Bulldogs drop fifth straight, 7-3 in Trail




After a very slow and somewhat sloppy start to the game, with back to back whistles in the first 15 seconds, the Bulldogs opened the scoring just 1:31 in when Grayson Valente played the puck down the left wing in the Smoke Eaters zone. The puck took an odd hop off the end boards and bounced back to the slot where it was found by Ryan Miotto. He put a quick pass to the left circle for Jackson Doucet, who beat Adam Marcoux with a lightning quick release five-hole to make it 1-0, with assists going to Keaton Mastrodonato and Ryan Miotto. The Bulldogs would have two fantastic chances in the following minutes on 2 on 1 rushes and in alone chances for both Nicholas Seitz and Isaac Tonkin-Palmer, but Marcoux came up with two huge saves to keep it a one-goal game. The Bulldogs would kill off a penalty short of the midway point of the first, with John Hawthorne being busy, but solid to protect the lead. Immediately after the media time out, the Smoke Eaters tied the game when Carter Jones won a draw in the Dogs zone back to Tyler Ghiradosi who rolled of the top of the circle un-checked before snapping a shot through traffic past the blocker of Hawthorne to make it 1-1 at 10:33 of the first. The Bulldogs earned their first power play of the game late in the period, and looked good on it initially with Marcoux coming up with two good saves. A cross-crease rebound on an open net would bounce over a Bulldog stick, and Smoke Eaters countered on the rush. A backchecker would lose an edge, resulting in a chance in front that saw Hawthorne come up with a ridiculous desperation save diving back to the goal line to get an arm on what looked like a sure goal. He couldn't recover in time, or get any help on the follow up rebound unfortunately, as Mack Byers out fought two Bulldogs to find the loose puck and lift it home inside the post short-side to make it 2-1, while shorthanded. Braeden Tuck drew the lone assist at 17:40 of the first, shorthanded. Shots in the first were 16-7 Smoke Eaters.

The second period started with the Smoke Eaters having a long initial shift in the Bulldogs zone. A minute later on a delayed penalty scenario, Hawthorne came up with a big save on a breakaway chance for Kent Johnson. The Smoke Eaters would catch the Bulldogs attempting to change on an early clear of the zone, as Trevor Zins put a perfect pass onto the tape of Braeden Tuck. He skated in alone and faked backhand before tucking it inside the post on his forehand to make it 3-1 at 3:28 on the power play. The Bulldogs didn't appear to be deflated by the goal against, as they continued to push over the next five minutes. They weren't able to trim the deficit though, before the Smokies went up 4-1 on a bad bounce on a long-range shot from Jeremy Smith from the right point, that appeared to hit a pant leg in front to deflect past Hawthorne. Assists on the play went to Sean Donaldson and Mack Byers at 10:19 of the second. The Bulldogs generated a chance on the following shift, resulting in an attacking zone faceoff. They would win the draw, but a Smokie winger beat his man off the draw to get to the puck before it reached the defender at the line, resulting in an odd-man rush. The rush initially looked off-side at the Bulldog line, but was waved off. John Hawthorne would make another rediculous highlight reel save on a one-timer from the slot, and a follow up rebound attempt. Once again, he couldn't get help on the second rebound as Kent Johnson banged it home to make it 5-1 at 11:03 of the second, with Braeden Tuck and Levi Glasman assisting. The Bulldogs again to their credit didn't quit, as they generated two great chances later in the period, with Adam Marcoux coming up with big stops on Stephen Castagna and Jackson Doucet to protect the lead. Shots in the period were 11-10 Trail, for a 27-17 advantage after two periods.

The Bulldogs came out flat to start the third, and fell into a deeper hole before it was a minute old. Cole Demers made a great save with his right toe on a Levi Glasman chance in front, but the rebound was found and one-timed home by Kent Johnson to make it 6-1, with an additional assist going to Jeremy Smith. Once again the Bulldogs didn't deflate, and were rewarded for it four minutes later on the power play as Grayson Valente made a good play to keep the puck in at the left point before throwing a hard D-to-D pass to Spencer Hora at the right point. He would throw a hard shot at the net that missed short-side, but the end board bounce came out off the back post where Nicholas Seitz one-timed it home before Marcoux could recover to make it 6-2 at 5:14 of the third, on the power play. The Bulldogs kept pushing, and made it a 6-3 game just over a minute later when Aaron Bohlinger put the puck into the bottom of the right circle for Mitchel Deelstra. He did a good job to protect the puck and separate himself from his man before putting a pass to the top of the crease for Isaac Tonkin-Palmer, who one-timed it from the top of the crease high over Marcoux to make it 6-3 at 6:39 of the third. That's as close as the Bulldogs would come, with the Smoke Eaters completing the scoring in the back half of the third on a 2 on 1 rush after a Bulldog defender fell at the attacking line. Braeden Tuck would accept a Levi Glasman pass in alone and make no mistake with a top-corner short-side finish over a Cole Demers pad stack attempt to make it 7-3 at 13:34 of the third. While the Bulldogs continued to generate offence through the remainder of regulation, they couldn't trim the deficit.

Third period shots were 16-14 Bulldogs, for a game total of 41-33 Trail, with John Hawthorne taking the loss before being relieved by Cole Demers while Adam Marcoux earned the win. The Bulldogs went 1 for 5 on the power play, while the Smoke Eaters also went 1 for 5 while scoring once while shorthanded.

With the loss, the Bulldogs have now dropped five straight games. They are next in action tomorrow night in Penticton, a 6:00pm start.


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Bulldogs visit Smoke Eaters tonight to kick off three game road trip



It's the start of a three game game road trip tonight for the Bulldogs (2-4-0-0, T-3rd Island) as they visit the Trail Smoke Eaters (3-2-1-0, 4th Interior) at the Cominco Memorial Arena.

The Bulldogs enter play tonight on a four game losing streak, last seeing action Saturday afternoon at the Showcase in Chilliwack where they dropped a 4-1 decision to the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Smoke Eaters last played Friday morning at the Showcase, when they lost their second straight, 2-1 to the Powell River Kings 


Here's a look inside the Cominco Memorial Arena





I'll have the call on 93.3 The Peak FM's Bulldogs Hockey, brought to you by Pacific Chevrolet.  The broadcast begins with our pregame show at 6:45, with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 7:00pm.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Craig Beauchemin, the play-by-play voice of the Penticton Vees, who the Bulldogs visit tomorrow night for a 6:00pm puck drop.




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