The Alberni Valley Bulldogs made it 6 straight wins overall, and 5 straight at the Dawg Pound as they defeated the Surrey Eagles 4-1 in front of 1259 exuberant fans at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on Saturday night.
It was a dominating outing for the Bulldogs in a game they felt was a statement game against one of the top teams in the Coastal Conference. The Bulldogs outshot the Eagles 52-26 on the night, including 22-9 in the 2nd period when the scored 3 consecutive goals to pull away.
After Trent Wilson opened the scoring just 30 seconds into the 2nd, the Bulldogs rattled off 4 straight goals. Ethan Bono (13th), Brandon Buhr (4th), Cam VanSickle (10th) and Tristan Taylor (3rd) got the Bulldogs markers. VanSickle added 2 assists for a 3 point night and gave him 1st star honours.
Hobie Hedquist capped off a record setting weekend by stopping 25 of 26 shots, including some big ones as Surrey tired in vain to get back in this game. Hedquist has stopped 86 of his past 88 shots on goal, good for a .977 save % over the past 3 games.
The Bulldogs were 1 for 2 on the power play, and a perfect 2 for 2 on the penalty kill. The Bulldogs have now successfully killed off 12 straight opposition power play chances.
The Bulldogs and the rest of the BCHL now hit the All-Star break in the schedule. The league will convene in Penticton next weekend for the Top Prospects Game and outdoor All-Star tournament. The Bulldogs are back in action January 27th when they kick-off a home-and-home set with the Victoria Grizzlies. Tickets for Saturday’s game in Port Alberni can be purchased by CLICKING HERE