We'll be talking about the week that was - four out of six points with resounding wins over Nanaimo and Penticton, and a resounding loss to Victoria sandwiched in between. We will also talk about the upcoming road trip that sees the Dogs in Vernon, Salmon Arm, and Merritt Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Tonight's Guest List - in order of appearance, as always, subject to change:
Bulldogs Head Coach and GM Paul Esdale
Bulldog Players Trent Dorais and Sam Mitchell
Rob Shick - by very popular demand, a replay of the Interview from Tuesday night
Salmon Arm Silverbacks Play-by-Play Voice Patrick Haas
Highlights from the week that was
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MIDGET A BULLDOGS WIN FIRST PLAY-OFF GAME
The Van Isle Ford Midget Bulldogs won their first play-off game, beating Powell River Kings 5-1 on Saturday at Weyerhaeuser Arena.
Alberni had a slow start and goalie Bryce DiRocco had to be sharp to keep Powell River from taking an early lead. Head Coach Brent Demerais said “Big saves by DiRocco, especially in the early going made the difference.” In spite of keeping play in the offensive zone most of the time, the Bulldogs had a hard time finding a way past the Kings defence and goalie. The first period was scoreless and they only managed 12 shots on goal by the ice clean.
The first goal of the game came after several intense shifts, with 5:39 left in the second period. Brady Janzen got a backhand through on the short side. Ryan White and Carson McCulloch assisted. The Bulldogs stepped up the pressure, but the spectators were kept on the edge of their seats as Powell River had several good scoring chances.
The insurance goal didn’t come until the middle of the third period. Tyler Wilhelm battled the puck over the blue line, then slipped a pass to Marino Somerville who found Sam Visona on the open side of the net to one time it in. At 10:12 McCulloch led a pass to Colby Lim who timed a pass precisely for Janzen’s second goal as he jumped behind the defence on the left side. Late in the third period, the Bulldogs successfully killed off their fourth penalty. Seconds later Nolan Jarvis passed to Beau Wilson who dished to Dustin Diemert in the slot to score top shelf. Powell River converted their next power play opportunity, robbing Dirocco of his shut-out with only 37 seconds left. Lim replied with a backhand fake to a forehand shot that found the top right corner as the clock hit 18 seconds. In the end shots were 34-19 in favour of Alberni.
After the game, Demerais complimented the team effort. He said “The defence was good. Visona and Somerville’s checking on the penalty kill was important. So was winning most of the face-offs, and the stepped up production from the Lim, Janzen, McCulloch line.”
With one win in hand, the Midget Bulldogs will play their next North Island play-off games away against Oceanside at 1:45 PM on February 6, and then Campbell River on February 12 at 6:15 PM. The top two North Island teams will advance to the Vancouver Island semi-finals.
photo: Dave Cusson
Way to go Dogs!