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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Bulldogs add 20 year old Scott Cooke from WHL

Sounds like a great addition to the team. And it sure is cool how some former Dogs had a hand in talking to Scott. Once a Dog, always a Dog.

The support, treatment, etc, that the team and this community gives to these players is absolutely priceless when it comes to situations such as this!

Here's some stats on Cooke from Elite Prospects


Bulldogs Add Energy, Experience, and Grit

October 1, 2014


Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have further strengthen the roster by adding WHL veteran forward Scott Cooke to the team. He will wear number 21 when he debuts for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs against the Victoria Grizzlies this weekend.

Cooke, a native of Surrey, BC, will bring energy, experience, and grit to the Bulldogs line-up. During his major midget days with the Valley West Hawks, Cooke showed that he had some offensive abilities that led to him being drafted in the 5th round by the Vancouver Giants in the 2009 WHL entry draft.

However, both the Vancouver Giants and, recently, the Moose Jaw Warriors expected Cooke to take on more of an enforcer role rather than putting up points. The team believes that Cooke’s skill and work ethic will translate into goals for the Bulldogs.

Cooke is expected to play on a line with St. Paul Academy standout Drew Blackmun and Bulldogs’ captain Mitch Makin.

“I am extremely excited about returning to my home province,” said Cooke. “I’m especially excited to contribute on and off the ice to the Bulldogs organization and really look forward to this season,” added Cooke. “I’m impressed with the players’ and the coaches’ desire to bring a championship to the Alberni Valley. All I want to do is work hard, contribute, and win.”

Two former Bulldogs, Teal Burns and Marlon Sabo, had a hand in reaching out to Cooke as soon as they heard he was released by the Moose Jaw Warriors.

“They both told me that they loved their time in Port Alberni, spoke of how great the
organization is and that I’d love it here,” said Cooke.

Teal Burns joined the Bulldogs at the 2012/13 trade deadline and was a key addition to a memorable playoff run to the conference finals. Burns is now entering his 2nd season with the University of Guelph in the CIS and is joined this season by former captain and fan-favorite Tryg Strand.

Sabo, a childhood friend of Cooke’s, joined the Bulldogs in 2011/12 after being cut by the Cowichan Valley Capitals. In just two short seasons, Sabo’s development excelled in the Bulldogs environment and he is now entering his 2nd season with the Princeton University Tigers. Sabo is best remembered for his punishing hits, intimidating style of play, and his overtime game-winning goal in game 4 of the 2012/13 Island Division Championship against the Victoria Grizzlies.

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are very excited to welcome Scott to the Bulldogs family and look
forward to him being a big part of the 2014/15 season.

For further information or comment on the above story please contact Alberni Valley Bulldogs’
head coach and general manager Kevin Willison

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Gosselin gets Player of Week mention, Player Intro video

Nice to see Kurt Gosselin get a mention in the BCHL's Player of the Week announcement. It's actually a "player of the last two weeks". Further details on the BCHL website HERE

We weren't able to get the Player introductions portion of the Home Opener Saturday on the broadcast as it was during our chat with the Coaches during the pregame show - if you missed it, check out Kaicee's video below.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Dogs top Kings 4-3 in comeback fashion

After player introductions with the lights dimmed the Bulldogs and Kings got things going with good pace over the opening minutes, although there wasn't much early in the way of offensive chances. That would change in a hurry as the Kings made it 1-0 just over four minutes into the game as Jarryd Leung intercepted a play up the boards up the left wing in the Dogs zone and walked to the net un-touched where he wristed one off the glove of Christopolous and over the line. The goal was un-assisted, at 4:14 into the first period. The Bulldogs would get a power play chance three minutes later and although they had several good looks, they appeared to be guilty of looking for the pretty play too much and not just getting pucks on net. The Kings would go to three straight power plays through the period, and the Bulldogs did a very good job of killing the first two opportunities off, and the bulk of the third one, but the Kings would connect on the advantage with less than 20 seconds remaining in it to make it 2-0 as a Carmine Buono shot from the point off a faceoff win was deflected past Christopolous by Alex Jackstadt. Curtis McCarrick also drew an assist on the play at the 16:31 mark of the first. The Bulldogs would be awarded a power play of their own with less than two minutes to go in the frame and showed good urgency and generated several good chances but they couldn't beat Brett Magnus or get a bounce around the net as the first ended with the Kings up 2-0, and leading in the shots as well 13-9.

The Bulldogs came out with an increased urgency in the second period, but despite a better period and several great offensive chances they were unable to hit the net through the first half of the period, coming painfully close on two occasions where the puck either hit the post or just danced across the goal line during an extended scramble. Their efforts would be finally rewarded with just over three minutes to go in the period at the end of a long shift in the offensive zone as Drew Blackmun walked out from the right side and looked to the point before snapping one quickly through the legs of Brett Magnus. Assists on the play went to Mitch Makin and Garrett Halls at 16:54 of the second. As it always seems to happen at the Dog Pound, a goal goes to the Dogs legs and wakes up the crowd. The Dogs would go to a power play shortly afterwards where they tied the game as Evan Tironese took a pass at the right point, and put an arm up seeming to indicate that there was no traffic in front of the net. A split second later he would blow a slap shot top corner over the glove of Magnus. Kurt Gosselin would pick up the only assist on the play at 18:27 of the second, for a 2-2 tie after two periods. The Dogs out shot the Kings in the second 19-8 for a two period total of 28-21.

The third period saw the Dogs continue to control the majority of the play, but it wasn't until just past the midway mark of the period that they scored to get their  first lead of the game - and of the season, just past the midway mark as Kurt Gosselin threw a puck on net that was stopped by Magnus. The rebound came out to both Eric Margo - who earlier in the shift had a big hit to keep the attack going -  and Zak Bowles, who were both stopped. Darian Henry followed the play and fired it home past a down and out Magnus to make it 3-2 at 10:09 of the third. Margo and Gosselin would pick up the assists. The Dogs didn't hold the lead for long, as the Kings connected on the power play just minutes later. After a great save on a wide open change in the slot by Christopolous, the Kings would score on the next shift on a perfect cross-ice set up that was roofed by Jacob Pritchard top corner from the right circle on a Jarryd Leung feed. Stephen Hiff also drew an assist at 12:51 to make it 3-3 on the power play. The Bulldogs would react well to seeing their lead evaporate, as they pushed back on the very next shift. The score would stay that way until the late stages as the game tightened up. With overtime looming, the Dogs would take the lead back when Chris Schutz accepted a Scott Clark  pass just off the top of the crease and scored on a spin-around no look backhand off the post and in to make it 4-3 with 1:36 left on the clock, with Evan Tironese also drawing an assist. The Kings would get their goalie out for the extra attacker with a minute to go to look for the equalizer but the Bulldogs did a solid job of shutting them down and winning the battles to not give up any big chances. One more draw with 20 seconds to play saw the Dogs kill the clock when Everett Putz dove to chop the puck out of the zone to kill the rest of the time on the clock.

Final shots favoured the Bulldogs 41-29 with Billy Christopolous and Brett Magnus being the goalies of record. The Dogs went 1 for 6 on the power play while the Kings went 2 for 6.

The Dogs are next in action Friday night in Victoria. 

Line Ups - Bulldogs vs Kings

Bulldogs host Kings at Dog Pound for Home Opener tonight

It's the first game on Dog Pound ice for the 2014-2015 season tonight when the Bulldogs (0-2-0-0, 5th Island) host the Powell River Kings (0-2-0-1, 4th Island) at the Multiplex. It's an exciting time for new players to play at home for the first time, and exciting for the returning players who know what the building is all about. I'm of course biased - there is great atmosphere around the entire league - but there is simply no better place to watch a game!

The Bulldogs are coming off back-to-back one goal losses against Penticton and Prince George at the Showcase, both games fighting back from four goal deficits. I was certainly impressed with the battle back and no-quit attitude shown..How couldn't you be? At the same time, it's not a game that you want to play too often if you want to win more games than you lose. It's just such a high level of hockey and the line is so fine between winning and losing that as cliche as it sounds - you need a full 60 minute (and sometimes more) consistent effort if you want to win.

The Kings dropped their third straight to open the season last night in Nanaimo, falling 8-4 to the Clippers in Nanaimo

For all things Powell River, check out the fantastic blog by their Broadcaster Alex Rawnsley HERE

Fans are also encouraged to get to the rink early tonight to take part in the Tail Gate Party/BBQ to benefit Raise A Reader getting underway at 5:00pm. 

Catch all the action on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM with the pregame show getting underway at 6:45 and the play-by-play to follow after 7:00pm with myself, Bruce MacDonald and Dan Tisserand providing the play-by-play/colour/analysis and team/player statistics

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Tonight's 2nd intermission guest is long-time NHL Linesman Brad Lazarowich ( over 2000 games) who is also the BCHL's Assistant Director of Officiating under Derek Adams. The interview is with Jeff Patterson, and is from last week's episode of BCHL This Week on TSN 1040. Don't forget to catch the show this morning, and every Saturday Morning at 9:30 on TSN 1040. The league sure is lucky to have someone like Lazarowich mentoring the league Officials. Coming from the BCHL and ending up in the show, he's a perfect example to the guys on what you can achieve if you do it right!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Multiplex Moments, Dog Pound Memories

Well this was supposed to be my "game day" post for Saturday, as I was working on the blog yesterday for the weekend. With work and family and everything else I find I have to be a bit ahead of the game, so to speak, or it just gets to be too much! Well I ran into a bit of a problem, as I was looking through pictures to find my favorite to include in the Game Day post Saturday. I succeeded in narrowing it down to about 20 haha! 

So, this has now become a little pump-up / primer blog post to get you through to Saturday. My favorite moments from all my years of calling games at the Dog Pound. There's lots of pictures and video links so be patient and give this at least a two-minute minor to load. Maybe even a 10 minute misconduct depending on your internet connection!

Hope you enjoy and it gives you some memories, and if you are a player, some motivation. Pack the shack, spread the word, tell the family your friends the inlaws the outlaws, heck even your enemies!

No better place to watch/play/broadcast a game!


And now some videos!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Dogs valiant comeback falls short for second straight day, Spruce Kings win 6-5.

Another great start for the Bulldogs, as they had the Spruce Kings hemmed in their zone for the first minute of play and had several good chances. They would promptly take a penalty in their own zone, and the Spruce Kings would make them pay on the man advantage on a cross-ice pass that it looked like Nathan Warren might have had a good piece of with his glove, but it just trickled over the line. Justin Rai would get credit for the marker, with Chad Staley and Matthew Stief picking up the assists at the 2:33 mark. Despite finding themselves in a hole early, the Bulldogs pushed right back and continued to control the bulk of the play. They went to a man-advantage of their own and had nothing but chances over the duration of the full two minutes, but Alex Brooks-Potts was fantastic in the Spruce Kings net to keep it 1-0. Less than a minute after the power play had elapsed, the Spruce Kings built their lead against the flow of play as the Bulldogs turned the puck over in their own end and Nathan Warren made a great first save on a wide-open Chad Staley in front. He couldn't find the rebound though as Jeremiah Luedtke drove the net and out-fought the Bulldogs defense to poke it home on the backhand. Justin Rai also drew an assist on the play at 11:19 of the first. The Spruce Kings would be penalized in the scrum after the goal, so the Dogs went right back to the power play to try and get back in it. That chance would be short-lived though, as less than 30 seconds later Darian Henry would pick up an unsportsanlike conduct penalty for something that occurred after the whistle. The Bulldogs would once again continue to control the play and pepper Alex Brooks-Potts with shots during four-aside hockey, but they couldn't find the back of the net. Just over a minute later during five-on-five hockey the Spruce Kings again scored against the flow of play as Michael Buonincontri snuck in on a partial breakway and somehow fought one through Warren while fighting off the Bulldog defender. Cole Todd and Taylor Allan picked up the assists on the goal at 15:06 of the first as it was 3-0 Spruce Kings, with Billy Christopolous entering the game in relief of Warren to end the first. The score would stay 3-0 Spruce Kings into the second, with the Dogs leading the shots 20 to 9.

The Bulldogs got off to a fantastic start to the second, getting on the board just half a minute in when Kurt Gosselin went to the net and one-timed a rebound up and over the blocker of Brooks-Potts, with assists going to Scottie Clark and Tyler Povelofskie at 31 seconds of the second. The Bulldogs weren't able to built on it though, as just three minutes later it was 4-1 Spruce Kings when Brogan O'Brien raced in on the breakaway where he went top corner with a beautiful backhand over the glove of Nathan Warren, who came back in to start the second. Three minutes later it was 5-1 as Chad Staley drove the net on a partial break and jammed one home through/around Warren, with assists to Cole Todd and Michael Buonincontri at 6:02. The Dogs did well to stop the bleeding and stay in the game, finally getting on the board on the power play with five minutes to go in the frame when Garrett Halls put a wrist shot on net from the top of the right circle that found it's way over the line through the legs of Brooks-Potts. Scott Clark was given credit for the goal, but he clearly didn't touch it, so let's call it Halls from Evan Tironese and Kurt Gosselin at 14:52 of the second, making it 5-2. Again the Bulldogs couldn't build on the goal, as they were again caught up ice resulting in an odd-man rush the other way that saw Justin Rai cut across the slot and rip one up over the blocker arm of Warren. Assists on the play went to Marco Ballarin and Trevor Pereverzoff at 18:57 of the second for a 6-2 Spruce King lead after 40 minutes with the Dogs leading the shots 32-19.

The first couple of minutes of the third period were evenly played back and forth, but in short order the Bulldogs started to dominate the play. They would get rewarded just under five minutes into the period after a long containment shift in the attacking zone when Zak Bowles picked up a shot that missed the net and jammed home a wrap around before Brooks-Potts could get back to the post. Eric Margo and Darian Henry drew the helpers at 4:55 as it was 6-3. The Dogs continued to push and carry the play and after countless chances to score they were rewarded on the power play when Scott Clark found a rebound off the post and one-timed it into the open side. Kurt Gosselin and Tyler Povelofskie picked up the assists at 7:39 of the third to make it 6-4. The Bulldogs certainly had the Spruce Kings attention once they cut the deficit in half, but they still continued to control the play and pepper Brooks-Potts with a tonne of pucks. After several near-misses somehow stayed out, they finally trimmed the gap to one just after a Prince George time out was taken as Evan Tironese deflected home a Garrett Halls shot from the right point to make it 6-5, with Tyler Povelofskie also picking up an assist with 4:47 to play in the third. The Spruce Kings did a good job to kill time over the next couple of minutes as the Dogs struggled to once again hem them in their zone. With 1:30 left the Bulldogs used their time out to talk strategy and get the goalie out for the extra attacker and did a good job to gain the zone and generate several chances, having a couple near misses on deflections and scrambles. In the end, it's as close as they would get as the Spruce Kings held on for the 6-5 win.

Shots in the third period were 21 to 1, no - that's not a typo, for a game total of 53-20. Alex Brooks-Potts picked up the win while Nathan Warren took the loss playing about 54 minutes. The Bulldogs went 2 for 7 on the power play while the Spruce Kings went 1 for 3.

The Bulldogs next see action Saturday night when they host the Powell River Kings for their Home Opener.


Line ups Bulldogs vs Spruce Kings

Experimenting with posting line ups here pre game on the blog! This work? Click to anlarge - right click/view image zoom.

Always subject to change - Kings still have a scratch after warm up

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Hockey for brunch! Bulldogs take on Spruce Kings this morning at Showcase

After a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to the Vees yesterday afternoon It's right back at it today for the Bulldogs as they conclude their appearance in the Bauer BCHL Showcase this morning when they take on the Prince George Spruce Kings in the big rink inside the  Prospera Centre in Chilliwack. I think it's a pretty neat comparison between the two photos and the vastly different perspectives we all see the game from. I'll be looking at the game from the image above wayyyy up in the rafters, while the players will see it pretty close to the image on the bottom, right down in the "trenches" so to speak. And no, I'm not comparing sports to warefare, it's just a turn of phrase! 

With it being an 11am start time today, we'll call it a "Hockey Brunch". For a late riser, 11am wouldn't be considered too late for breakfast, and for an early bird 11am wouldn't be considered too early for lunch but I'm figuring for your average wake-up time it has to be considered not either-or, but in-between! For some listening and watching today from the Eastern time zone, it's well into possibly afternoon nap time, if it wasn't all so exciting of course!

It's certainly a change of pace for the players. I would call it a change of routine, but it's Game 2 of the season so hopefully no one is going to be bothered too much. It's a different pregame meal today than most, that's for sure with bacon and eggs and oatmeal most likely replacing pasta and chicken, etc. One would think the Bulldogs would have an edge with the early start time as they got off the ice and hopefully shut down earlier last night than the Spruce Kings, who played at 6:30 last night.

Get your late breakfast or early lunch and catch all the action on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM with the Jiffy Lube pregame show kicking off at 10:45 and the puck dropping at 11:00 with myself and Bulldogs Educational Advisor Tom McEvay.

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Today's 2nd Intermission feature guest is BCHL Director of Communications Brent Mutis.