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Bulldogs Force Game 7 with 5-2 Win at the Dawg Pound

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs defeated the Surrey Eagles 5-2 on Monday night at the Dawg Pound in front of 1567 of the wildest and loudest fans the city of Port Alberni has to offer. The victory means the series is tied 3-3 with Game 7 scheduled for tomorrow night in Surrey.

It’s hard for a series to get much tighter.  The score through 6 games is 16-16 and 3 games have to OT.  For one team it will be elation, for another, heartbreak. You have to love Game 7’s.

On Monday the Bulldogs got the only goal of the 1st period when Grayson Badger struck on the PP at 18:50 when the Eagles were charged with too many men on the ice.

The Eagles clawed their way back with Samuel Léonard sandwiching a goal in between two Eagles markers.  Micah Berger (8th) even the game before Léonard restored the lead under a minute later.  At 17:48 Caden Cranston jumped on a loose puck in the slot and wired it home past Callum Tung to send the two teams to the locker room even after 40 minutes of play.

The Bulldogs got the game winner from captain Nicholas Beneteau at 10:04 of the 3rd when he batted home a loose puck in the slot.  There appeared to be a premature whistle on the play, but after the officiating crew discussed it over, the goal was awarded to Beneteau.  The Bulldogs saw a similar play go against them in Game 5 in Surrey.

Hayden Stavroff got his playoff leading 12th into an empty net at 18:39 to make it 4-2, and Lucas Buzziol wrapped home another empty netter for good measure at 19:13 to send the Dawg Pound into a frenzy knowing that the Bulldogs has forced a Game 7.

Callum Tung was once more tremendous with the Bulldogs backs against the wall as he made 37 saves on 39 shots, none more spectacular than the behind the back glove save he made with just under 4 minutes remaining in regulation and the Bulldogs clinging to a one goal lead. This was highlight of the night on Sportscentre kind of stuff, especially considering the stakes of game. Tung turned aside all 17 Eagles shots in the 3rd period alone as they pushed for the equalizer.

The Bulldogs were 1 for 2 with the man-advantage while the penalty kill wasn’t tested on the night.

After leaving Game 4 with an injury, Ajeet Gundarah returned to the crease and played well for the Eagles as he stopped 32 of 35 on the night. The final shots on goal favoured the Eagles 39-37.

Puck drop for Game 7 is set for 7:15 pm from the South Surrey Arena.  The winner will advance to the Fred Page Cup Finals to take on the Interior Conference Champion.  Game 7 of that series is also set for tomorrow night in Penticton between the Vees and Salmon Arm Silverbacks.