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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Dogs fall 8-3 to Grizzlies, streak snapped at three




A lightning quick start to the game for the Bulldogs as they took a 1-0 lead just over two minutes into the game on a good fore check by Eric Therrien and then  Justin Marreck to steal the puck and keep it in the zone. Eric Margo would play the puck on a rim back to the left point for Garrett Halls, who one-timed it back down the boards behind the net for Justin Marreck who put a perfect pass out front for Marcus Russell who one-timed it past Sean Cleary at 2:21 of the first. The lead didn't last for long though, as the Bulldogs took a penalty on the next shift and the Grizzlies went to the power play. The Dogs would kill the penalty off, but before the player could get back into the play it was a 1-1 game as Jake Emilio put a low shot at the net that was deftly deflected top corner, short-side high over the glove of Nathan Warren by Sean McBride from just outside the hash marks. Thomas Gobeil also drew an assist on the play at 4:54 of the first. Just a minute and change later it was a 2-1 Dogs lead when they connected on the power play when Drew Weich threw a puck at the net that was deflected by Chris Schutz off a Grizzlies defender. Mitch Makin would reel the puck in behind the net and score on a wrap around banker off a Grizzlies defender and in past Cleary at 6:06 of the first. Again the lead didn't last long as just a minute and change later it was 2-2 when the Dogs gave up a 2 on 1 with only a forward back playing defence. The Grizzlies would connect on it on a cross-ice pass from Matt Kennedy that was tapped into the open side by Dane Gibson. Chris Harpur also picked up an assist at 7:22 of the first. The Grizzlies took the lead for the first time in the game five minutes later when Thomas Gobeil walked into the deep slot and blew a slapper from the top of the left circle through the legs of Warren to make it 3-2. The goal was un-assisted at 12:10 of the first, as Warren was replaced in favour of Billy Christopoulos. He would receive a rude welcome, as just a minute and change later it was 4-2 Grizzlies on a beautiful cross-ice set up on the power play put home top corner, short-side before Christopoulos could get over by Kevin Massy, with assists to Matt Kennedy and Dane Gibson at 13:36 of the first for a 4-2 lead after one and an 11-7 edge in shots for the Grizzlies.  

The second period saw some fireworks early when Nick Guiney tried to duck under a Garrett Halls hit at centre ice and ended up taking the worst of it. Halls would be immediately challenged by Ayden MacDonald who was seeking retribution for the hit. There would be no instigator to MacDonald, and Halls would get the book as well for defending himself as it remained 5-on-5. What was somewhat odd was the Referee going directly to the Grizzlies bench to talk with their Coaching staff at immediate conclusion of the incident, before then going to the Officials circle where he would talk over the situation with the Linesman. The Bulldogs weren't able to change the tide as despite their efforts around the Victoria net they couldn't get much through on Cleary. On a promising looking offensive sequence in the zone they would again get caught up ice and concede a 2 on 1 that turned into a 3 on 2 that the Grizzlies scored a pretty pretty goal on as Dane Gibson took a drop pass from Brett Gruber and then put it cross-ice for Matt Kennedy who tapped it into the open side at 6:29 of the second. It was a 6-2 game just past the midway mark of the period on a very tough luck goal as Eric Margo chipped the puck in down the right wing into the Grizzlies zone. Or so he thought. It would instead be stopped the Linesman and went right onto the stick of Brett Gruber who walked through centre and over the Bulldogs line down the right wing where he snapped one past the blocker of Christopoulos. Meirs Moore picked up the only assist on the goal at 10:52 of the second. The Bulldogs would dig in their heels and get things going in the right direction just two minutes later  with a couple good hard working shifts resulting in a power play. They would cash in on the advantage quickly as Troy Dobbs fought the puck to the right point for Taylor Derynck who wristed one top corner, short-side over the glove of Cleary, who didn't appear to see it with Tyler Povelofskie screening in front. Eric Therrien also drew an assist on the place at 12:50 of the second to make it 6-3. The Dogs would have a great chance in the final minute to make it a two-goal game on a shorthanded 2 on 1 rush, but Justin Marreck's shot just missed the open side. The Grizzlies would then connect with just .2 seconds left on the clock to take a 7-3 lead when Thomas Gobeil put a high hard one on net that was stopped by Christopoulos. He couldn't find the rebound though, as Jay Mackie scored into the open side. Sean McBride also drew an assist at 19:59 of the second. The Grizzlies out shot the Dogs 12-9 for a two period total of 23-16 Grizzlies.

The third period didn't see much either way of sustained attack as with a dead atmosphere and a lopsided score it wasn't the best hockey to watch. The Grizzlies would go up 8-3 with just under eight minutes to play on a really odd goal as the Grizzlies appeared to clearly score on a nice backdoor pass against the grain and a stuff-in attempt, but none of the three Officials appeared to have a clue as to what had happened. The Grizzlies would argue their case once Christopoulos couldn't locate the puck. Once the net taken off its moorings, the puck was found underneath the padding. The Officials would conference and allow a goal to the Grizzlies, with Brett Gruber getting credit for it, with assists going to Kevin Massy and Dane Gibson at the 12:28 mark of the third for the eventual 8-3 final score.

Final shots favoured the Grizzlies 32-28 with Nathan Warren giving up the first three on five shots and Billy Christopoulos getting tagged with the loss allowing five in relief  on 27 shots while Sean Cleary picked up the win. The Dogs went 2 for 7 on the power play while the Grizzlies went 3 for 5.

Humpday hockey again, Bulldogs visit Grizzlies tonight

A week to the day later, these two teams go at it again for the second Wednesday in a row with the scene shifting as the Bulldogs (22-16-2-3, 4th Island) return the favour and pay the Grizzlies (20-16-1-9, 3rd Island) a visit at the Q Centre tonight in Victoria.

The Bulldogs were the winners in comeback fashion last Wednesday 4-3 at the Dog Pound, coming back from a 3-1 deficit after 40 minutes. You can bet that one didn't sit too well with the Grizzlies, and they will be out for some payback tonight so the Dogs had best be ready to bring their best effort.

The Q Centre is a tough rink to play in, just like any other road rink. It's the first meeting between the teams in Victoria in what feels like forever, with the Dogs winning 4-3 in double OT on October 3rd in the only previous trip this year to Victoria.

The Bulldogs were last in action on Saturday night at home where they won their third in a row, 4-2 over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. The Grizzlies meanwhile also last saw action at home on Saturday night where they snapped a two game losing streak with a 6-1 win over the Chilliwack Chiefs. 

Big congrats to Bulldogs Captain Mitch Makin, who was named as the BCHL's Player of the Week yesterday! Well deserved. Congrats as well to Scottie Clark on an Honorable Mention.

Read more from the BCHL website HERE


Sorry I didn't post this sooner - was busy taking my son Griffin to his first Canucks game last night! He got a puck, he met FIN! Who cares the game was a dud!

Everything gets underway at 6:45 with our pregame show, with the puck drop to follow at 7:00pm on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM. As always, I will call the play-by-play, Bruce MacDonald will add the colour and analysis, and Dan Tisserand will compile team and player stats.

If you aren't in radio listening range of 93.3 The Peak FM you can listen/watch the game by:

Listening Live on your computer: www.933thepeak.com
Listening Live on your SmartPhone : www.tunein.com/mobile/
Watching Live on your computer/SmartPhone www.fasthockey.com



Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Dan Marshall, the play-by-play voice of the Nanaimo Clippers as the Dogs prepare for a Friday/Saturday home-and-home set with the Clippers starting at the Frank Crane on Friday night.


Hammer

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Dogs top Silverbacks 4-2 for third straight win




A spirited start both ways to this game, as each team looked ready to go from the opening puck drop. The Silverbacks got a great chance just five minutes in when Shane Danyluk was sent in alone on Christopoulos where he deked to the backhand only to have Christopoulos kick out the right toe to keep it out. Both teams pushed the pace hard, and it was wildly entertaining despite just 5 total shots through the first 12 minutes of the game. There would be no scoring through the first 20 minutes, with the Bulldogs failing to generate on a late-period power play but earning a couple in-tight looks in the final minute, most notably a Tyler Povelofskie net drive that Angus Redmond made two good saves on to keep it scoreless after one with the Dogs up in the shots 8-5.

The Dogs would open the scoring just a minute into the second when Mitch Makin picked off a Chase Priskie pass deep in the Silverbacks zone and raced in on a breakaway where he cut across the crease and slid it home through the five-hole of Redmond for the un-assisted marker 1:15 into the second. The Dogs had a fantastic chance to build the lead on the next shift when Drake Brown dropped the puck at the line for Brett Stewart, but his wrister hit the post and hit Redmond and fell between his feet and stayed out. The Dogs would be penalized it appeared for digging at the puck, as the Silverbacks went to a power play off the scramble, but they couldn't capitalize as the Dogs killed it off. Just two minutes later it was a 1-1 game though as the Dogs were applying pressure in the Salmon Arm zone and got burned on a football-esque play as Bryden Marsh flipped the puck high in the air to the Bulldog line where Nick Hutchinson had it bounce off his shoulder and down to his feet where he skated in on a breakaway where he snapped it top corner, far-side over the blocker of Christopoulos to make it 1-1 at 5:59 of the second, with Marsh picking up the only assist. There would be no scoring over the rest of the period with the goalies again standing tall and both teams not giving up much in the way of glaring offensive chances. Shots favoured the Dogs 13-8 for a two period total of 21-13.

The Dogs struck again early in the third period to take a 2-1 lead as they took a penalty to take themselves off the power play, resulting in a short four-on-four situation. Drew Weich would find the puck at centre and feed it up the right wing for Mitch Makin, who fought hard past a check to create a 2 on 1 rush where he put a perfect pass onto the tape of Scottie Clark who tapped it into the open side at 2:58 of the third. The Silverbacks would strike back to make it a 2-2 game just past the eight minute mark on a quick regroup at centre ice that saw Andrew Farny and Jordan Burns sent Ross Heidt over the Dogs line and up the right wing where he walked into the circle and ripped a perfect top corner, short-side shot under the bar and over the glove of Christopoulos to make it 2-2 at 8:13 of the third. The game wasn't tied for long though, as the Bulldogs took the lead right back 20 seconds later as Scottie Clark fed the puck back to the right point for Brett Stewart. He would throw a quick snapper on goal that bounced off a pair of skates before Mitch Makin found it and jammed it home through Redmond to make it 3-2 Dogs at 8:33. The Dogs did a good job to hold the lead until the late stages when the Silverbacks would get a great chance on the power play as Angus Redmond put a perfect pass ahead after a Bulldogs clear to catch them changing to send Chase Priskie in alone on a breakaway where Billy Christopoulos made a fantastic glove save to preserve the lead. The Silverbacks would push hard with the goalie out for the extra attacker to look for the equalizer, but the Dogs would seal the deal into an empty net when Eric Therrien made an unselfish play to feed Tyler Povelofskie on a 3 on 1 rush where he snapped it into the empty net at 19:25 of the third for the 4-2 final.

Final shots favoured the Bulldogs 29-19 with Billy Christopoulos picking up the win while Angus Redmond took the loss. The Dogs went 1 for 4 on the power play and also scored once shorthanded while the Silverbacks went 0 for 4.

The Bulldogs are next in action Wednesday night in Victoria.

Hammer



 

Bulldogs host 'Backs tonight at the Pound, Hunter Stewart interview

It's the first meeting of the season between the teams tonight as the Bulldogs (21-16-2-3, 4th Island) host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 19-16-3-5, 5th Interior) at the Dog Pound.

It seems kind of crazy that it's Game 43 of 58 Regular Season contests tonight for the Bulldogs, and they are seeing a team for the first time, however, they still haven't seen every team in the league as they have yet to see the Merritt Centennials and won't until mid-February.

The Bulldogs were in action last night at home where they won their second in a row, 5-1 over the West Kelowna Warriors. The Silverbacks kicked off a three-in-three Island swing last night in Victoria where they did the Bulldogs a favour and beat the Grizzlies 4-0. Their trip concludes tomorrow afternoon in Nanaimo.

It's amazing what a couple wins can do to the standings - or a couple of losses. The Bulldogs lost one and tied one with the Capitals last weekend and went into play on Wednesday six points up on 5th place, five points back of 3rd and seven points back of 2nd. All of a sudden they are ten points up on the Caps, one point back of the Grizzlies for 3rd and just three back of the Kings who sit 2nd in the Island Division.

The Bulldogs will need to be ready to play, and ready to play desperate and hard tonight because you can bet the Silverbacks will be a hungry group, as they are currently outside of the playoff picture and looking in, sitting 5th in the Interior. However, after a win last night and a West Kelowna loss to the Bulldogs they enter play tonight just three points back of the Warriors for the 4th and final playoff spot, with the Silverbacks holding two games in hand. They are also just four points back of Merritt for 3rd place. The 'Backs have been playing good hockey as of late, with only Penticton, Vernon and Nanaimo with records comparable to Salmon Arm over their last 10 games (7-3-0-0) where they have picked up wins over both Penticton and Nanaimo over that stretch.   

If you can't make it out to the fantastic social event that is Saturday night hockey at the Dog Pound, fear not as we will bring it all to you wherever you may be on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM with the pregame show at 6:45 and the puck drop just after 7:00. I will call the play-by-play, Dan Tisserand will compile Team and Player stats and Bruce MacDonald will provide the colour and analysis.



If you aren't in radio listening range of 93.3 The Peak FM you can listen/watch the game by:

Listening Live on your computer: www.933thepeak.com
Listening Live on your SmartPhone : www.tunein.com/mobile/
Watching Live on your computer/SmartPhone www.fasthockey.com




Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Hunter Stewart, currently in his Freshman season with the Marian University of Wisconsin Sabres

If you have some free time today don't forget that the Alberni Invitational is going on at ADSS!

Here's the schedule for the final day of action today:




The Alberni Invitational tournament action will start again this morning at 8:30 am with the exciting semi-finals in each weight division.

Preliminaries continue until at about 11 am when placing matches begin. Finals are scheduled for 1-5 pm that Saturday and admission is free but space will be limited. 

That's all I have, we'll see you at the rink!

Hammer

Friday, January 23, 2015

Dogs top Warriors 5-1 for second consecutive win




It was a great start to the game for the Bulldogs, and hard for it not to feel like it was an exceptional start compared to Wednesday night as the Dogs weren't down by a couple of goals in the first couple of minutes of the game. The Bulldogs opened up a 1-0 lead after a series of good saves by Desautels when a faceoff win by Mitch Makin was ripped on net by Chris Schutz. Makin would go to the net and rip the rebound home five-hole to open the scoring at the 6:07 mark of the first, with Scottie Clark also drawing an assist on the play. The Warriors would have a great chance to equalize shortly afterwards, but Billy Christopoulos made a great right pad save on Brayden Gelsinger on a cross-ice pass on the rush. The Dogs took a 2-0 lead in the back half of the period when Scott Clark delayed and set up Chris Schutz in the slot. His one-timer was heeled into the corner, where Taylor Derynck jumped in from the line to find it. He would feed Mitch Makin below the goal line and then drive the slot where he took a return pass that he roofed top corner, far-side over the glove of Desautels for his first career goal at 13:21 of the first. Just 39 seconds later it was a 3-0 Dogs lead on a fantastic individual effort by Scottie Clark as he got hauled down in the corner but just jumped right back onto his feet and drove the net from below the goal line before pivoting to get on his forehand in tight where he jammed one through Desautels, with assists to Makin and Schutz at the 14:00 mark of the first for a 3-0 Dogs lead after one with the Dogs up 10-8 in the shots.

The Bulldogs started the second with three minutes of power play time, but they couldn't connect on it, coming close and hitting the post twice in quick succession. The Warriors would get a great chance to get into it in the first half of the period when the Bulldogs were penalized twice in a row, but Billy Christopoulos was rock solid in keeping the Warriors off the board with a series of saves over four minutes of penalty kill time. The Bulldogs would get another chance on the power play that they couldn't find the net on as the Warriors did a great job and blocked up to five shots to help out Desautels. Shortly afterwards the Dogs built their lead when Clark scored his second of the game, again on a hard and fast play in tight as Garrett Halls hustled to keep the puck in at the left point to get it deep for Mitch Makin in the left corner. He fed Clark below the goal line where he first had a centering attempt blocked but got it right back and carried it behind the net and scored on a wrap-around before Desautels could get over. Makin and Halls drew the assists as it was 4-0 Dogs at 15:06 of the second. The Dogs were out shot 12-6 over the period, for a 20-16 Warriors advantage after two. 

The third period had a high pace to it, but not much in the way of chances besides the Warriors again earning back-to-back power plays that the Bulldogs killed off to protect their four goal lead though the back half of the period. The Warriors would earn yet another power play with six minutes to play in the game. They would get aggressive and pull Desautels for a 6 on 4 situation, and they would connect on it as Jason Cotton converted on a cross-crease pass from the left side of the net putting off the post and in, far side. Assists on the play went to Liam Blackburn and Andrew Johnson at 14:25 of the third period. The Warriors had a great chance on the next shift, but Johnson couldn't convert on an open net as Christopoulos came over and got a pad on it to keep it out. The Warriors would continue to push with the goalie out but couldn't convert despite coming close as Liam Blackburn hit the crossbar after the Warriors won a draw in the Dogs end. The Dogs would erase all doubt when Eric Margo jumped off the bench and hit the empty net after finding a clear out of the zone by Chris Schutz to make it 5-1 at the 17:24 mark of the third for the eventual final score.

Final shots favoured the Warriors 36-21 with Billy Christopoulos picking up the win while Andy Desautels took the loss. The Dogs went 0 for 5 on the power play while the Warriors went 1 for 7.

The Dogs host the Salmon Arm Silverbacks tomorrow night to conclude their weekend.

Also don't forget that the 32nd Annual Alberni Inviational concludes tomorrow at ADSS:




The Alberni Invitational tournament action will start again Saturday January 24th at 8:30 am with the exciting semi-finals in each weight division. Preliminaries continue until at about 11 am when placing matches begin. Finals are scheduled for 1-5 pm that Saturday and admission is free but space will be limited.


Hammer



Bulldogs host Warriors tonight, 32nd Annual Alberni Invitational today/tomorrow


It's the second and final Regular Season meeting between these two teams, and the second in a matter of a a couple weeks as the Bulldogs (20-16-2-3, 4th Island) host the West Kelowna Warriors (22-17-0-5, 4th Mainland) tonight at the Dog Pound. 

These teams last met on January 11th in West Kelowna, a 4-2 Dogs win at the end of a three-in-three road trip. You can bet that the Warriors weren't happy with their game in that one, and they'll be out to make a statement to the Dogs tonight so the home side had best be ready for a tough challenge.

It's the start of a three game Island/Mainland trip for the Warriors, as they are in Powell River tomorrow night and Surrey on Sunday afternoon. The Warriors have already seen action this week, as they hosted Penticton on Tuesday night where they fell 8-4 to the Vees

The Bulldogs last saw action on Wednesday night, where they battled back from two goals down on two different instances to top the Grizzlies 4-3.
The pregame show on 93.3 The Peak FM's Van Isle Ford Bulldogs hockey takes the air/internet waves  at 6:45 with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 7:00 with myself, Bruce MacDonald and Dan Tisserand bringing you all the action analysis and statistics.

 


If you aren't in radio listening range of 93.3 The Peak FM you can listen/watch the game by:

Listening Live on your computer: www.933thepeak.com
Listening Live on your SmartPhone : www.tunein.com/mobile/
Watching Live on your computer/SmartPhone www.fasthockey.com


Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Ian Douglas, voice of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, who the Dogs host tomorrow night for the first meeting between the teams this season.




PRESS RELEASE

ALBERNI ARMADA INVITATIONAL WRESTLING TOURNAMENT
GEARS UP FOR THEIR 32nd ON JANUARY 23-24, 2015


Big changes are in place for the 32nd Annual Alberni Armada Invitational Wrestling Tournament coming up January 23 – 24th. In an effort to connect more closely with their roots at the high school the Invitational has moved to ADSS. In doing so they have had to downsize somewhat from the years of over 600 competitors but this year’s event still expects over 400 to attend.

The Alberni Invitational is widely considered the most prestigious high school wrestling tournament in B.C. and has received recognition across Canada.  The tournament started in 1980 and has run every year except the four years the local wrestling group hosted the BC High School Championships. That means 37 straight years that this dedicated group of volunteers have run a major wrestling tournament in the Alberni Valley. The event was held at the old ADSS from 1982 to 1994 before moving to Glenwood in 1995 and then the Multiplex in 2003 as it got so large.

“We are extremely proud of the history and traditions our wrestling program has established over the past 37 years. No other wrestling program in BC can boast that they have run 37 major tournaments and many would be happy to have done it once. This is our 32nd   Invitational to go along with 4 Provincials and it only happens because of the amazing volunteer spirit in our community”, commented Tournament Director Tom McEvay.

McEvay continued, “Since this is another milestone year for us we are calling on all alumni to come back and celebrate with us. Come and take in the action, support our current wrestlers, join us for some socializing and visit the incredible new Alberni District Secondary School. We are very excited to showcase our local wrestlers at ADSS as this is their program.”

Action at the 32nd Invitational begins on Friday January 23rd with morning weigh-ins for boys and girls in the Cadet and Juvenile divisions at 9 am at ADSS. There will be some exhibition matches taking place from 10 am – noon to showcase ADSS wrestlers in front of the ADSS student body. Tournament action gets underway at 12:30 pm and runs to at least 8:30 pm that evening all at ADSS.

The Alberni Invitational tournament action will start again Saturday January 24th at 8:30 am with the exciting semi-finals in each weight division. Preliminaries continue until at about 11 am when placing matches begin. Finals are scheduled for 1-5 pm that Saturday and admission is free but space will be limited.

Not only do local fans have an opportunity for some great competition at the Invitational, you also will once again see very competitive Alberni wrestlers.  The ADSS Boys team is currently ranked in the top 5 in the province and will do well at the BC’s.. They will likely battle it out with over 60 other schools for the team title in the Juvenile and Cadet divisions. These teams could include Guildford Park of Surrey, Carson Graham. Abby Traditional, WJ Mouat,  St Thomas Moore and Island powers Cowichan, Esquimalt and Campbell River.  

In the Juvenile Girls division ADSS is ranked in the top 10 in BC with Carson Graham of North Vancouver, St Thomas Moore and Ucluelet all top contenders.  In the Schoolboy/girl division Alberni will have strong teams from Neill and Dunn Middle Schools and both schools should be in the top 10.

The AV Times will feature pictures and write ups next week on all the top local wrestlers to watch at the 32nd Invitational. It will be an exciting few days of wrestling action in the place many observers call “The Wrestling Capital of BC – Port Alberni! “






For more information contact Tournament Director

            TOM McEVAY--- Phone home:724-0577 email tmcevay@alberniwrestling.ca  




Hammer

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Dogs dig out of two-goal hole twice, top Grizz 4-3




In what one has to think is surely a league record, the Referee blew play dead for penalties three times in the first 34 seconds of the contest. First it was Mitch Makin just 11 seconds off the opening puck drop, then Ayden MacDonald just 4 seconds into the Victoria power play. Another penalty to the Bulldogs 19 seconds later saw the scoreboard lit right up before most fans even found their way into the rink. With plenty of room on the 4 on 3 power play the Grizzlies would open the scoring, after two good first saves by Nathan Warren. Dane Gibson would find his own rebound after a kick save by Warren and jam it home from the left side of the net. Kevin Massy picked up the only assist at 1:58 of the first. After a short four-aside situation, the Grizzlies went back to the power play where they went up 2-0 on a bad luck goal that saw Thomas Gobeil put a high-hard one over the head of Warren, and off the end glass. It would bounce hard off the glass and directly back and over the top of the net and off Warren's back before trickling over the line. Assists were changed at the 60 minute mark of the game on this one, with the helpers being given to Ayden MacDonald and Meirs Moore. The Dogs would struggle to generate much in the way of a sustained attack, but they certainly had their chances to get on the board with both Braden Fuller and Everett Putz skating in on breakaways that they couldn't convert on to beat Stiliadis in the Victoria net. The whistle would go away from the Referee for a spell, but it came back at the end of the period with the Bulldogs penalized twice with the Grizzlies awarded a short 5 on 3 power play that the Dogs killed off to keep it 2-0 after one, with the Grizzlies up 10-7 in the shots.

The second period didn't see the penalties change much early, as after killing off over 1:20 of carry over penalty time from the first period, the Dogs were penalized yet again just 1:51 into the second. The Dogs would kill it off to keep the deficit at two, before earning a power play before the four minute mark. While they failed to cash in on the advantage, they moved the puck well and won a series of battles to get a couple good scoring chances. The Dogs would get on the board just past the midway mark of the period on a great retrieval of the puck from a face off in the Grizzlies end by Eric Therrien and Braden Fuller who battled hard through their checks to keep the puck deep. Fuller would get his stick on the puck below the goal line and put a perfect centering pass onto the tape of Tyler Povelofskie who one-timed it home high, far-side past the glove of Stiliadis to make it a 2-1 game at 10:56 of the second. The Dogs would have a great chance to even the game a minute later, but Chris Schutz would be stopped on a breakaway by Stiliadis, although he earned the Dogs a power play. They would have several good chances early, but then conceded a shorthanded goal for the second consecutive game when two players missed a puck on the left wing on a rim up the wall and the Grizzlies raced up ice on a 2 on 1 rush where P.J. Conlon put a perfect cross-ice pass onto the tape of Thomas Gobeil who one-touched it past Nathan Warren on his backhand to make it 3-1 at 14:01 of the second for a 3-1 Grizzlies lead after two periods. The Bulldogs out shooting the Grizzlies 16-6 on the period for a two period advantage of 23-16.

The Bulldogs came out of the room flying to start the third period, failing to connect on an 11 second power play to start the period, but finding the net a further 11 seconds later as Chris Schutz fought hard off the draw in the Grizzlies end to find the puck and drive the middle and get a shot on net. Stiliadis would make the save, but couldn't control the rebound as it came back to the line to Garrett Halls, who absolutely pounded one low and past Stiliadis. Chris Schutz drew the only assist on the play at the 22 second mark of the third. Exactly two minutes later it was a 3-3 tie when Braden Fuller kept the puck in the Grizzlies zone with a  great effort, before finding Justin Marreck open in the slot where he beat Stiliadis with a quick release, high and far side over his blocker at 2:22 of the third. The Dogs kept up the pressure and forced the Grizzlies into an icing and they would make them pay for it as Chris Schutz fought off two separate stick checks off the draw to get a puck on goal from the right circle that was stopped by Stiliadis. Makin would have his first rebound stopped, but it went cross-ice onto the tape of Scott Clark who fired it into the open side to make it 4-3 at 11:18 of the third. That would do it for the scoring as the Dogs made the lead stand and held off the Grizzlies desperate attempts to get the equalizer with the 6 on 5 in the final minute.

Final shots favoured the Bulldogs 40-24, with Nathan Warren picking up the win while Michael Stiliadis took the loss. The Dogs went 0 for 5 on the power play, while the Grizzlies went 2 for 5 while also scoring once shorthanded.

The Dogs are next in action Friday night when they host the West Kelowna Warriors.

Hammer