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Saturday, December 07, 2019

Bulldogs return home tonight to host Silverbacks


It's the first meeting between the teams this season, as the Bulldogs (14-12-0-2, 4th Island) host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks (19-11-1-1, 3rd Interior) tonight at the Multiplex. 


The Bulldogs were in Victoria last night, where they won their second straight, 4-3 over the Grizzlies at the Q Centre. The Silverbacks began a three-in-three weekend last night in Nanaimo, where they lost their sixth straight 2-1 to the Clippers. It concludes tomorrow afternoon in Duncan when they face the Capitals. 
Catch all the action on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on  93.3 The Peak FM, starting with the pregame show  taking the airwaves at  6:45 , with the game action to follow the 7:00pm puck drop. I'll  take care of calling the play-by-play, while  Bruce MacDonald provides colour commentary and game analysis.  




Tonight's 2nd Intermission feature is the latest edition of The Island Division This Week - a compilation of previews, recaps, highlights and various news and notes from all  of the BCHL's Island Division play-by-play voices. 



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Hammer



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Friday, December 06, 2019

Bulldogs win second straight, 4-3 over Grizzlies.

Here's some of the highlights from tonight! 

Hammer



The Bulldogs held off an opening-minute push by the Grizzlies, before putting some heat on of their own as Blake Wood came up with a big save between the hashmarks on a Stephen Castagna one-timer. The Bulldogs kept pushing relentlessly, and opened the scoring for the first time in four games when Isaac Pascoal picked off a loose puck on the right wing wall in the Grizzlies end and walked to the slot where he put a low shot on net that resulted in a cross-ice rebound for Olivier Fizet that he made no mistake on, sliding it through Wood to make it 1-0, for his first career goal at 4:10 of the first. The Bulldogs continued to run all over the Grizzlies in their zone, but couldn't build their lead despite some great chances and extended shifts on the attack as they ran up a 9-1 edge in shots by the midway point of the period. The Grizzlies earned a power play soon afterwards, but the Bulldogs didn't give up much in successfully killing it off. They would build their lead with under three minutes to play in the period when Jackson Doucet took an outlet pass in his zone up the right wing from Grayson Valente, before dishing off to Tim Gould at the right side of centre ice on the rush. Doucet would drive the net, where Gould put the puck off of him and in, to make it 2-0 at 17:12 of the first. Shots in the period were 18-3 Bulldogs. 

The second period began with the Grizzlies having an initial push, but the Bulldogs responding and threatening on the power play, but being unable to build their lead. The Grizzlies would earn a power play short of the midway point of the period, and were then gifted a two-man advantage on a soft call on a net drive to earn a 5 on 3 power play for 34 seconds. To their credit, they took advantage of it, making it first 2-1 on a cross-ice set up by Cody Monds finding Vincent Nardone in the right circle where he got a quick one-timer away that went off the stick of Pearson and in at 11:27 of the second. They would tie the game on the second penalty just over a minute later,  as Chase McInnis walked off the left circle where he put a quick release on goal that was deflected in by Andrew Amousse on the doorstep past the glove of Pearson to make it 2-2 at 12:42, with Brendan Bowie also drawing an assist. Just nine seconds later, the Bulldogs instantly answered as Caige Sterzer fought the centre ice faceoff over the Victoria line up the left wing for Jacob Bosse who walked into the circle and snapped a wrist shot past the glove of Wood to make it 3-2 Bulldogs at 12:51 of the second. Luke Pearson would be tested frequently in the following minutes, but was solid to protect the lead. The Bulldogs would earn a power play of their own late in the period, and made good on it just nine seconds in as Jimmy Rayhill fed a pass to the top of the point to Jackson Munro, who set up Jacob Bosse at the bottom of the right circle. He would simply throw a quick shot on net that might've hit a defender, but certainly caught Wood by surprise to find the far corner low to make it 4-2 at 16:28 of the period. Shots in the frame were 20-10 Grizzlies, for a 40 minute total of 28-23 Bulldogs. 

The third period saw the Bulldogs threaten, but be unable to build their lead on an early power play. They spent the following minutes with good attacking zone shifts, but unfortunately were penalized at the end of the sequence. They killed the penalty off without giving up much. The Grizzlies made it 4-3 immediately after the media time out when the Bulldogs fell asleep in their zone, with a pass through the seam to the backdoor that saw Luke Pearson make a circus stop with his paddle along the ice. but Andrew Amousse got ahold of his own rebound that he lifted into the open net to make it 4-3 with 9:23 to play in the third with assists Brendan Bowie and Chace Oliver. The Bulldogs again responded and had a great answer back shift that drew a penalty, that they once again threatened on but couldn't find an insurance marker. The dying minutes were crazy at both ends, as Olivier Fizet deflected a Jackson Munro shot off the post - that I thought went in, but play carried on. At the other end, Marty Westhaver rang a shot off the post that also stayed out. The Grizzlies would be whistled for an intentional offside with 22 seconds left, putting the faceoff back into their zone. The Bulldogs would win it, but be unable to get it deep. The Grizzlies would attack, and have an in-alone chance that saw Isack Banhu race in alone on Pearson, who got his right toe on it to save the game, with Grayson Valente clearing the rebound out of the crease as the Bulldogs killed the puck on the wall to the buzzer for the win. 

Shots in the third were 8-4 Grizzlies, for a game total of 32-31 Bulldogs, with Luke Pearson earning the win while Blake Wood took the loss. The Bulldogs went 1 for 6 on the power play while the Grizzlies went 2 for 4. 

The Bulldogs are next  in action tomorrow night when they host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. 

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Bulldogs visit Grizzlies tonight to open weekend




It's the fourth meeting of the season between the teams, and the second in a span of five days as the Bulldogs (14-12-0-2, 4th Island) make another visit to the Q Centre to face the Grizzlies (11-21-0-0, 5th Island) tonight to begin a three-in-three weekend.


The Bulldogs last played Wednesday night at home, where they halted a two-game winless slide with a 4-3 shootout win over the Merritt Centennials in comeback fashion. The Grizzlies meanwhile have been idle since their 4-3 win over the Bulldogs Sunday afternoon. 

The Bulldogs won the previous two meetings prior to last Sunday - 5-3 at the Multiplex on October 10th, and 6-2 at the Q Centre on October 19th.





We'll bring the game to you on 93.3 The Peak FM's Bulldogs Hockey, brought to you by Van Isle Ford with the pregame show on the air at 6:45, followed by the 7:00pm puck drop. Bruce MacDonald (game analysis, colour commentary) and myself (play-by-play) have the call. 


Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Nathan Kanter, the play-by-play voice of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, who the Bulldogs host tomorrow night for the first meeting between the teams this season. 


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Wednesday, December 04, 2019

UPDATED WITH HIGHLIGHTS Bulldogs comeback from 3-0 hole to top Merritt 4-3 in shoot out



The Bulldogs earned a power play just over a minute into the game, and while they threatened on it they couldn't get anything on goal to test Ryan Winter. Seconds later, they found themselves in a 1-0 hole as Hunor Torzsok accepted  a  pass - that looked very close to offside - behind the Bulldogs defence to skate in alone where he made good on the opportunity with a  shot  high-far side over the glove of Luke Pearson to make it 1-0 at 3:43 of the first, with assists going to Brophy Dunne and Joey Berkopec. The teams traded chances throughout the period, with both goalies being  good and Ryan Winter coming up with a notable highlight reel save going right to left to get a glove on an open net set up for Tommy Bannister. Luke Pearson would make a great save on a point blank set up a minute later, but the Centennials still padded their lead with under a  minute to play in the period when Daniel Tkac walked across the slot untouched and went against the grain inside the far post past the glove of Pearson to make it 2-0 at 19:07 of the first. The Bulldogs had two good chances to equalize before the period was out, but again couldn't beat Winter as the Centennials took the lead to the dressing room. Shots in the period were 18-13  Bulldogs.

The Centennials had a fantastic start to the second period, hemming the Bulldogs in their zone for the opening minute, with Luke Pearson making a couple saves to keep it 2-0. The Bulldogs countered on the rush and had a glorious chance to get on the board, but Ryan Winter made another highlight reel save to protect the lead on a 2 on 1 rush with a left toe save on a Stephen Castagna one-timer. Seconds later, it was 3-0 as Josh Kagan skated in alone on Luke Pearson who made the initial save, and a follow up rebound, but Kagan was allowed a third whack to knock it over the line as Pearson lost his helmet in the process at 3:03  of  the second. The Bulldogs  continued to chase the game for the majority of the period, with the Centennials running up a 10-1  edge in shots through the first six minutes. They came close to getting on the board when Moe Acee rang a shot off the post. Two Bulldog power play opportunities in the period were devoid of chances, and if anything lost momentum. A late period penalty kill showed some inspired effort and didn't give up much, but the Centennials came  incredibly close to building their lead  on back to back  instances in the final minute of  the period with Pearson coming up huge with a  breakaway save on Payton Matsui, and a left-toe save on a cross-crease set up for Christian Buono to keep it only 3-0 through two. Shots in the second were 16-8 Merritt, for a 29-26  Centennials advantage heading into the third. 

The Bulldogs began the third period with a power play, and while the first minute didn't generate much, it finally found the net with three seconds remaining as Ryan Doolin put the puck back to the left point for Grayson Valente, who just simply put a wrist shot at the net where Dawson Tritt deflected it home five hole to make it 3-1 at 1:57 of the third. The Centennials did well to push back against the momentum, but the Bulldogs were persistent, and made it a one-goal game just over eight minutes into the period off a defensive zone faceoff that Tim Gould poked ahead for Jackson Doucet. He flew up the left wing out of the Dogs zone, and banked it off the wall and danced around a defender to create a 2 on 1 where he walked into the faceoff circle and snapped a perfect shot top corner far-side over the glove of Winter to make it 3-2 at 8:00 of the third, with assists to Grayson Valente and Mitchel Deelstra. The Bulldogs continued to push, and potted the equalizer with under five minutes to play on a neutral zone turnover that saw Tommy Bannister find a full-flight Jacob Bosse up the left wing where he beat a defender wide before cutting across the crease to  tuck it home past Winter to make it 3-3 at 15:05 of the third, with Grayson Valente also drawing an assist. The Bulldogs earned a power play with just under two minutes to play, but the Centennials did a fantastic job to not give up much to force overtime and secure the single point. Third period shots were 20-13 Bulldogs, for a 60 minute total in their favour  of 46-42.

Overtime began with an eight-second Bulldog power play, and a  following two plus minutes of no whistles resulting in 4-on-4 hockey instead of the usual 3-on-3. The Centennials had the edge in chances, out-shooting the Bulldogs 5-2 with Luke Pearson being sharp to force the shootout, with final shots being 49-47 Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs went first in the shootout, with Ryan Winter stopping Ryan Doolin. Daniel Tkac went next for Merritt, but failed to get a shot  on net. Jacob Bosse went next for the Bulldogs, and came down the right wing and went high far-side over the blocker of Winter to give the Bulldogs  the advantage. Josh Kagan went next for Merritt, and hit the post. Mitchel Deelstra was stopped by Winter on a chance to win the game, with Christian Buono needing to score to keep the game alive, but he missed the target to seal the deal for the 4-3 final.



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Bulldogs back home tonight to host Centennials


After the first attempt between these teams to play at the Multiplex on November 15th was postponed due to a lack of ice, it's the makeup game tonight as the Bulldogs (13-12-0-2, 4th Island) host the Merritt Centennials (8-19-1-0, 6th  Interior) to begin a stretch of four games in five days. 

The Bulldogs last saw action Sunday afternoon in Victoria, where they lost their second in a row 4-3 to the Grizzlies. The Centennials were in Langley last night, where they lost their fourth straight, 4-3 to the Rivermen. 

This is the second meeting of the season between the teams, with the Bulldogs emerging victorious in the previous affair by a 4-1 score at the BCHL Showcase in Chillilwack on October 3rd. 


We'll broadcast the game to you, on 93.3 Peak FM courtesy of our title sponsor of our Bulldog Hockey Broadcasts - Pacific Chevrolet with the  pregame show on the air to commence the proceedings at 6:45.  I'll call the play-by-play, while Bruce MacDonald provides game analysis and colour commentary. 

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Bulldogs Head Coach Joe Martin, currently serving as Head Coach for Team Canada West at the World Junior  A Challenge. The interview is from last week when he joined TSN1040's Matt Sekeres and Blake Price




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Sunday, December 01, 2019

Bulldogs drop second straight, 4-3 to Grizzlies


The Bulldogs had two good looking offensive rushes in the opening seconds of the game, but they couldn't bury them. Seconds later, they were in a 1-0 hole as a Victoria net drive off a  rush was stopped by Luke Pearson, who also appeared to get a pad on a rebound chance  in tight. The scramble continued, and a cross-crease pass was one-timed home inside the far post by Marty Westhaver, with assists  on the play to Cody Monds and Alex DiPaolo at 51 seconds of the first. The  Bulldogs pushed back, and responded on the power play  to tie the game  just short of six minutes  in when Ryan Doolin accepted a Dawson Tritt pass and simply just threw the puck at the net. It  would bounce off a skate, and right onto the tape of Mitchel Deelstra, who made no  mistake finishing it into the open net behind Blake Wood at 5:54  of the first. The Grizzlies would have two power  play chances throughout the remainder  of the period, but the Bulldogs successfully kill them to preserve the 1-1  tie into period two. Shots in the first were  9-6 Grizzlies.


The second period for the most part was played  somewhat sloppily by both sides, with Luke Pearson and Blake Wood keeping it tied 1-1 into the late stages of the period with each making a handful of big saves, with  Pearson's most notable ones coming off a 2  on 1 for Marty Westhaver, and a follow up  chance on a Bulldog turnover to the slot that saw Pearson make a fantastic glove save and  blocker stop on  the rebound. The Bulldogs were unable  to respond, and the Grizzlies took the lead  later  in the  period on an odd-man  rush that  saw Jake Veilleux skate  into  a drop pass and walk to the deep slot where he  put a perfect finish long-side past  the blocker of Pearson. Assists on  the play went to Alex DiPaolo and Chace  Oliver at 16:37 of the second. The Bulldogs earned a power play late  in  the period, but couldn't cash in on it before the buzzer, carrying over a minute of power play time to start the third. Shots in the  second were even at 12-12, with  the Grizzlies leading 21-18 after 40 minutes. 

The Bulldogs were unable to make anything happen on the power play, but in the following minutes had a series of chances both on the rush and on scrambles around Wood, but couldn't find the equalizer. Shortly afterwards a long delay occurred when a chunk of vertical padding at the Bulldog bench became separated from the glass. After a rink attendant eventually arrived and re-affixed it, it was a matter of seconds before the Grizzlies went up 3-1  on a  rush out of their own end that saw Chase McInnis find Brendan Bowie over the Bulldog line up the right wing where he went rink-wide onto the tape of a wide open Andrew Amousse who walked in alone and beat Luke Pearson high blocker side at 4:40 of the third. A few minutes later there were considerable fireworks as a net drive by the Grizzlies saw Henri Schreifels run a defender with a hit from behind into Luke Pearson, who lost his helmet and glove in being driven defenceless backwards into the post and crossbar as the net became dislodged. After remaining down a considerable period, he would remain in the game and Schreifels received a five minute major for goalie interference. The Bulldogs squandered the early minutes of the power play, but eventually got within a goal on a cross-ice one-timer and deflection to make it 3-2 as Mitchel Deelstra put a perfect pass to the right point for Tim Gould, who blasted a one-timer on net that was deflected in by Dawson Tritt at 9:57 of the third. The Bulldogs were unable to make good on the remaining two minutes as the Grizzlies held the lead into the latter stages of the third period when they picked up a critical insurance marker off a faceoff in the Dogs end following a big save by Luke Pearson on an in-alone Chace Oliver. A broken play would see Cody Monds put the puck towards the net where it hit something and went cross-ice to the near post where Alex DiPaolo slid it home to make it 4-2 at 16:06 of the third. To their credit, the Bulldogs didn't quit, with again the simplest of plays being the most effective as Caige Sterzer won a battle back to the right point for Grayson Valente. He would simply flip a wrist shot on goal that Ryan Doolin deflected before burying his own rebound to make it 4-3 at 18:53 of the third. The Bulldogs would get the extra attacker out in the final minute and would press, but couldn't generate a Grade A chance to find the equalizer as the Grizzlies held on to the buzzer.

Shots in the third were 12-9 Bulldogs, for a game total of 30-30, with Luke Pearson taking the loss while Blake Wood earned the win. The Bulldogs went 2 for 4 on the power play while the Grizzlies went 0 for 3.

The Bulldogs are next in action Wednesday night when they host the Merritt Centennials.

Hammer

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Bulldogs visit Grizzlies today *2:00 start*

It's a quick turnaround for the Bulldogs (13-11-0-2, 4th Island) as they hit the road this morning to visit the Grizzlies (10-21-0-0, 5th Island) at the Q Centre for a 2:00pm matinee.

The Bulldogs made their long-awaited return to the Multiplex last night, where they suffered their first loss of the season in regulation on home ice, 6-4 to the Cowichan Valley Capitals

The Grizzlies had last night off after winning their second in a row, 4-3 over the Capitals at home on Friday night.

This is the third head to head meeting between the teams, with the Bulldogs winning the first two by scores of 5-3 at the Multiplex on October 10th, The Bulldogs took the most recent meeting  6-2 on Victoria ice on October 19th.




Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM is on the air for our pregame show starting at 1:45, with the game action to follow at 2:00pm. I'll call the play-by-play, while Bruce MacDonald provides game analysis and colour commentary. 

Today's 2nd Intermission guest is Jared Thomas, the play-by-play voice of the Merritt Centennials on Q101 in Merritt, with the Bulldogs hosting the Cents Wednesday night for the make up  game after the previous meeting earlier this month was postponed due to a lack of ice. 




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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Bulldogs fall 6-4 to Capitals in Multiplex return


The Bulldogs came out off a 28 day wait between home games, and spent a full minute to open the game in the attacking zone, however they were unable to get any pucks on net. The Capitals answered with a solid shift of their own in the Bulldogs end. Jackson Glassford would suddenly become very busy as the Capitals started to carry the play. He made three great saves in succession to keep it scoreless, on a bouncing puck from the left point that resulted in two rebound chances in tight for Luc Wilson that he got his right toe on before  making a glove save.  The Capitals continued to control the Bulldog zone, and went up 1-0 on a shot from the deep slot that hit something and changed direction drastically to sneak inside the far post, with Cole Broadhurst getting credit for it at 7:01 of the first. Four minutes later, it was 2-0 when the Capitals made good on the power play as Will Arquiett walked into the top of the right circle and snapped a wrist shot high far-side past the blocker of Glassford. Assists on the play went to Primo Self and Olivier Gauthier at 11:08. The following five minutes saw the Capitals continue to have the edge in play, but the Bulldogs  started to tilt the ice later in the period. Despite several good opportunities and extended shifts in the attacking zone, they  were unable to  beat  Zach Borgeil to to trim the deficit.  Shots  in the first were 18-8 Capitals.

The Bulldogs came out a new team to start the second, with an obvious jump that they carried through the opening minutes of the period. It led to them halving the deficit just short of four minutes into the period as Caige Sterzer fought a puck from the left wing behind the net and out the right side before putting a perfect pass into the hashmarks for Isaac Pascoal to beat Zach Borgeil with a quick release far-side  past his blocker to make it 2-1 at 3:56 of the second. Less than three minutes later, it was a tied game as Jackson Doucet kept the puck in at the left point to continue the attack. Josh Zary would find the puck behind the net before feeding Doucet  in the slot. He would walk  to the middle before setting up Tim Gould in the right circle, where he put a perfectly placed shot top corner, over the glove of Borgeil to make it 2-2 at 6:41 of the second. The pace would slow  through the following ten minutes, but the Capitals took the lead back late in the frame on a  crazy play  that saw a wide-open Zach Brooks hit the bar behind Glassford, only to have the puck bounce to the far circle where Will Arquiett snap it home short-side before he could recover to make it 3-2 at 16:37 of the second, with Primo Self also earning an assist. Just over a minute later, the Bulldogs tied it as Caige Sterzer won a battle in the right corner to walk to the side of the net before putting a perfect pass onto the tape of Tommy Bannister in the slot, where he beat Borgeil with a quick release five-hole to make it 3-3 at 17:50 of the second, with Olivier Fizet also assisting. Shots in the period were 16-14 Bulldogs, for a 32-24 Capitals advantage after 40 minutes.

The first few seconds of the third period were a bit bizarre, as a Bulldog dump in hit a stanchion in the glass went on net where it was stopped by Borgeil. A Capital defender then accidentally put it off the post on his own net, but it stayed out. The Capitals would take the lead back just over eight minutes into the period after a failed Bulldog power play with a gorgeous goal by Primo Self, who walked down the left wing and put a pretty spin move to avoid a defender to skate in alone where he went high short-side over the blocker of Glassford to make it 4-3 at 8:27 of the third. The Capitals pushed hard over the following minutes to not let the Bulldogs mount a response, before getting a critical insurance marker as Cullen Ferguson put a shot on net from the left circle that resulted in a rebound that Primo Self got to first where he slid it home past the right pad of Glassford to make it 5-3 at 15:40 of the third. The Bulldogs had a couple fantastic chances to make it a one-goal game in the following minutes, as Ryan Doolin was stopped in alone by Borgeil, before a long 2 on 1 rush never ended up on net. Seconds later, it was 6-3 as the Capitals made good on an odd-man rush of their own as Brady Lynn walked in deep and snapped it past the blocker of Glassford at 17:42 of the third, with Dimitri Mikrogiannakis drawing the lone assist. The Bulldogs didn't quit, and made it a 6-4 score late in the period as Caige Sterzer fought the puck to the top of the point where Moe Acee beat Borgeil with a quick release blocker side at 18:32 of the third. Before the Bulldogs could attempt a further comeback, they ended up in the penalty box and the Capitals killed the rest of the clock.

Third period shots were 12-11  Capitals, for a game total of 44-35 in their favour as Zach Borgeil and Jackson Glassford were the goalies of record. The Bulldogs went 0 for 3 on the power play, while the Capitals went 1 for 2.

The Bulldogs are next in action tomorrow afternoon in Victoria as they visit the Grizzlies for a 2:00pm puck drop.

Hammer


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Bulldogs FINALLY back home, host Capitals tonight


After last playing in their building on November 2nd, the Bulldogs (13-10-0-2, 4th Island) finally have their home back, as they return to the Multiplex tonight to host the Cowichan Valley Capitals (18-11-2-1, 2nd Island) for the second game between the teams in seven days to conclude the "swapped home games" scenario that saw the Bulldogs give the Capitals their home date last Saturday, and the Capitals return the favour tonight. 

The Bulldogs last played Saturday in Duncan, where they emerged victorious 6-5 in overtime in a wildly entertaining affair. The Capitals have played twice already this week - they lost 4-2 to the Grizzlies in Victoria on Tuesday night, and lost their third in a row again against Victoria, 4-3 last night at the Q Centre. 

The last head to head game between the teams prior to last Saturday was  on October 25th, a 4-3 Bulldog win. The previous meeting was a 3-1 Bulldog triumph on October 5th, both at the Dog Pound. The first meeting of the season was in Duncan, a 3-2 Capitals win on September 20th.




I simply cannot wait to broadcast a game from inside the friendly confines of the Dog Pound. 

If you can't make it, we'll bring the game to you on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM. Dan Tisserand takes care of individual and team statistics, Bruce MacDonald handles colour commentary and analysis and I'm responsible for the hosting and play-by-play responsibilities. We're live for our pregame show at 6:45, with the puck drop following shortly after 7:00pm.



Tonight's 2nd Intermission feature is the latest edition of "The Island Division This Week" - a collaboration of all the BCHL's Island Division play-by-play voices providing previews, recaps, highlights and various news and notes from their respective teams they cover. 




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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Bulldogs top Capitals in wild one in Duncan, 6-5 in overtime




The Bulldogs didn't even have a chance to get into the game, before they trailed 1-0 as two back to back giveaways in their zone saw the second one end up in the back of the net as Cole Broadhurst made no mistake on a look from in tight, going high over the glove of Luke Pearson from the right circle. The Bulldogs ended up in the penalty box two minutes later, and the Capitals went to a four-minute power play. Luke Pearson was very busy, as the Capitals put a lot of rubber on net, but the Bulldogs did a good job to limit scoring chances throughout the kill as they kept it 1-0, while the Capitals ran up a 11-1 edge in shots. Once it was back to five-on-five hockey, the Bulldogs pushed back and generated opportunities of their own and turned momentum with extended shifts in the Capitals zone. They would get the equalizer in the final minute of the period on a delayed penalty, as Isaac Pascoal was knocked down in the near corner. Stephen Castagna found the puck and played it cross-ice back to the top of the right circle for Tim Gould. He would put a low shot off the far post, where Isaac Pascoal deflty deflected it top corner over the blocker of Ben Howard to make it 1-1 at 19:17 of the first. Shots in the period were 14-12 Capitals.

The teams traded chances to start the second through the opening minutes, with the Bulldogs taking the lead just short of five minutes in after a dangerous attacking zone shift for the Capitals as Mitchel Deelstra defended at the side of the net and then flew end-to-end up the left side to the slot where his first shot was blocked, right back onto his stick where he mid-air one-timed it inside the far post to make it 2-1, unassisted at 4:46 of the second. The Bulldogs earned their first power play of the game five minutes later and capitalized on the advantage in the dying seconds of it as Jackson Doucet set up Jimmy Rayhill at the top of the point, where he put a perfect pass on the tape of Jacob Bosse in the right circle that he one-timed home through the legs of Howard to make it 3-1 at 10:13 of the second. The Capitals didn't sag though, and pushed right back to earn a power play a few minutes later. They would strike on it in the late stages, on a faceoff win and a cross-ice pass to the deep slot where Will Arquiette put a quick release past the blocker of Pearson to make it 3-2 at 14:01 of the period, with assists to Olivier Gauthier and Primo Self. The Bulldogs came painfully close seconds later to restoring their two-goal lead, as Ben Howard made a save but kicked a rebound off the body of Jacob Bosse where it just bounced wide of the open net. Seconds later, the Bulldogs went back to the penalty box. It took the Capitals just 9 seconds on the power play to make it 3-3 as Olivier Gauthier put a quick release from the top of the point past the blocker of a screened Pearson, with Will Arquiette and Primo Self drawing the assists at 15:44 to make it 3-3. Shots in the period were 13-12 Capitals, for a 27-24 Capitals advantage.


The third period was again played at a high pace through the early stages, with the Capitals going to the penalty box short of seven minutes in. The Bulldogs again made them pay as Jacob Bosse made a nice pass to the right point for Jimmy Rayhill. He slid it cross-ice onto the tape of Jackson Doucet who walked into the top of the left circle where he snapped a shot long-side past the glove of Howard to make it 4-3 at 7:15 of the third. The score stayed that way into the final five minutes, with the Bulldogs having several great chances around the Capitals net but being unable to build their lead. The Bulldogs were again sent to the penalty box with under four minutes to play, with the Capitals remaining on the power play when play was stopped and Primo Self was ejected from the game, but not given a minor penalty. That would be a factor, as the Capitals tied the game on the power play when Zach Brooks deflected a Dimitri MikroGiannakis shot five-hole on Pearson, with Luc Wilson also assisting at 16:25. The Bulldogs answered back and took the lead again with 1:28 to play as Grayson Valente put a perfect pass onto the tape of Tim Gould at the top of the right circle. He ripped a perfect far-pad low shot that resulted in a rebound that Stephen Castagna one-timed low through a diving Howard to make it 5-4 at 18:32. The Capitals didn't quit, and fought to the buzzer and tied the game with ten seconds to play after Pearson made two good saves around the net but couldn't get help on the rebound as Dan McIntyre poked it home, with Dimitri Mikrogiannakis drawing the lone assist to make it 5-5 and force overtime. Third period shots were 17-17, for a 44-41 Capitals advantage.


Overtime saw the Capitals have initial possession, but be unable to generate a chance on Pearson. The Bulldogs fought to get it back, and had a couple of looks of their own before the Capitals defended and got the puck back in their end. They would go D-to-D but give it away, as Ryan Doolin out-fought a defender and walked off the left wing wall to the middle where he snapped a low one on net where Jackson Doucet deflected it home for the game winner and the 6-5 final at 2:24 of overtime.

Overtime shots were 3-0 Bulldogs, for a 44-44 total with Luke Pearson earning the win while Ben Howard took the loss. The Bulldogs went 2 for 4 on the power play, while the Capitals went 3 for 6.

The Bulldogs are next in action Saturday night, AT HOME, when they host the Cowichan  Valley Capitals. 


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Bulldogs visit Capitals tonight


It's another displaced home game - or in this case, a home game traded for a game to be played later... it's getting stranger by the game isn't it? As the Bulldogs (12-10-0-2, 3rd Island) visit the Capitals (18-9-1-1, 2nd Island) tonight at the Island Savings Centre in Duncan.

This game was supposed to be played at the Alberni Valley Multiplex, but the teams have swapped home dates - big thanks to the Capitals for finding a way for this game to at least be played, as next Saturday the Capitals will visit the Dog Pound to return the favour.

The Bulldogs last played Tuesday night in Parksville, where they fell 4-3 to the Prince George Spruce Kings. The Capitals were on home ice last night, where they won their fifth in a row, 5-1 over the Nanaimo Clippers. 

The last two head-to-head meetings between these teams have been at the Dog Pound. The  most recent was on October 25th, a 4-3 Bulldog win. The previous meeting was a 3-1 Bulldog triumph on October 5th. The only meeting so far this year in Duncan was a 3-2 Capitals win on September 20th.


I'll make you feel like you're at the game, even if you can't make it - on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM. The pregame show is on the air at 6:45, with the game action to follow at 7:00pm.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission feature is the latest edition of "The Island Division This Week" - a compilation of highlights, recaps, previews, news and notes from all of the Island Division Broadcasters.





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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Dogs blow three-goal lead, Spruce Kings comeback to win 4-3


The Bulldogs took a few minutes to get going, as the Spruce Kings had an early 3-0 edge in  shots on goal. Although they weren't Grade A chances, Jackson Glassford looked sharp. The Bulldogs would get their feet moving and respond, with a handful of glorious in alone chances for Mitchel Deelstra, Olivier Fizet and Caige Sterzer but Jett Alexander was fantastic to keep it scoreless. The Spruce Kings countered with a couple good chances of their own, on two separate power play chances throughout the period, but Jackson Glassford was great, and also got some help as he made a breakaway save and then Josh Zary dove across the goal line to save what looked like a sure goal to keep it scoreless. At the other end, Alexander came up with a shorthanded breakaway save on  Ryan Doolin to  preserve the tie. Shots in the period were 19-12 Spruce Kings.

The Bulldogs began the second period flying, and established a 3-0 lead by the 4:19 mark with goals in a span of two minutes and thirteen seconds. The scoring opened with a pass by Jackson Doucet back to the left point for Moe Acee. He would put a low hard one on net that Alexander stopped, but Stephen Castagna found the loose puck in the paint and jammed it home at 2:06 of the second. A minute and change later, it was 2-0 as Tommy Bannister supported a battle on the wall to send Jacob Bosse on a 2 on 1 up the left wing over the Prince George line. He would drive wide and then put a perfect pass onto the tape of Affiliate Player Josh Pederson, who made no mistake into the open net at 3:41. Just 38 seconds later, it was 3-0, as Dawson Tritt carried the puck over the line up the left  side  again on an  odd man rush, where he dished off to Mitchel Deelstra, who put a perfect pass across the slot to  a wide-open Ryan Doolin who deposited it into the open side at 4:19. The Spruce Kings would earn a third straight power play chance to open the game a couple minutes later, and a very odd scenario saw them make it 3-1 as Tim Gould was knocked down, and his helmet came off. He did not immediately leave the ice, as the rules state. He also threw a couple of  punches on a Spruce King player, and also wasn't penalized. Seconds later, the puck went on net where Glassford made the save, but the puck went  up in the air and off of Nicholas Poisson and in past Glassford to make it 3-1 at 12:38 of the second with Nolan Welsh assisting. The Bulldogs would push right back  with a great shift, and continued to carry the play in the following minutes leading to their first power play of the game. They would threaten on it, but couldn't find the net. Seconds after the chance was over, it was 3-2 as Nolan Welsh drove down the left wing and right in on net where he flipped a wrist shot past the glove, long-side on Glassford at 17:58 of the second. Shots in the period  were 12-12, for a 31-24 advantage for the Spruce Kings after 40 minutes.

The  Spruce Kings started the  third period  with a jump, and quickly parlayed it into the equalizer, as a giveaway behind the  net saw Corey Cunningham steal the puck and put it right  onto  the tape of Jaxon Steele between the hashmarks where he beat Glassford glove side with a quick release to make it 3-3 at 1:38 of the third. The Spruce Kings kept pushing, and the Bulldogs weren't able to answer, as it was 4-3 on a quick give and go at centre ice saw Nicholas Poisson take a return pass from Evan Orr and fight past a defender down the left wing and in on net where he just got enough of it off the left toe of Glassford to squeak it over the line to make it 4-3 at 5:25 of the third. The Bulldogs for the better of the period couldn't get any sustained attack going to generate the equalizer. They earned a power play with under eight minutes to play when Mitchel Deelstra danced in alone through the defence and was hooked off the puck. Seconds into the power play, Dawson Tritt was tripped up with the puck behind the Spruce Kings net and slid hard into the end boards face first, but no  arms went up. Instead of a long 5 on 3, it was 4-aside hockey seconds later when Tim Gould was called for an open ice check. The Bulldogs killed off the short Prince George opportunity to  keep it a one-goal game, before earning a power play of their own with under two minutes to play. They would generate a couple great chances, including right at the buzzer but Jett Alexander stood tall to  protect the lead right to the final second for the 4-3 final score.

Shots in the third were 10-9 Prince George, for a game total of 41-33 Spruce Kings. Jackson Glassford took the loss while earning 3rd star honours while Jett Alexander earned the win. The Bulldogs went 0 for 3 on the power play while the Spruce Kings went 1 for 4.

The Bulldogs are next in action Saturday night in Duncan.

Hammer



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Bulldogs host Spruce Kings tonight in Parksville




It's a second consecutive road-home game tonight for  the Bulldogs  (12-9-0-2, 3rd Island) as they host the Prince George Spruce Kings (9-12-2-3, T-3rd Mainland) at Oceanside Arena in Parksville.

The Bulldogs were last in action on  "home" ice Sunday afternoon - in Campbell River, where they topped the Trail  Smoke Eaters 5-2.

The Sprince Kings last played Saturday night at home, where they snapped a six game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the West Kelowna Warriors

This is the second meeting of the season between the teams, with the previous affair being one to forget for the Bulldogs, an 8-2 Spruce Kings win in Prince George on September 27th


I'm looking forward to another adventure in another new rink to broadcast from, as Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey will be on the air starting at 6:45 for our pregame show, with the puck drop and play-by-play following it at 7:00pm on 93.3 The Peak FM. Bruce MacDonald provides colour commentary and game analysis, Dan Tisserand tabulates and passes along individual and team game stats, and I call the play-by-play. 





Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Captain Mitch Oliver, now playing his Freshman year with the NCAA's Lake Superior State Lakers. 





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