The Bulldogs have another three games on the schedule for this week with their first off-Island road trip as they will hit the Mainland for games Thursday in Langley, Friday in Surrey, and Saturday in Burnaby.
The only team the Dogs have seen already this season is Langley, as they were 4-1 winners over the Bulldogs at the Pound on October 3rd. The Dogs had a great start in this game, going up 1-0 on a Kevin Ross goal just past the three minute mark of the first. The Chiefs would do all the damage they needed to win the game in the first minute of the second period, scoring twice before the period was a minute old to erase the 1-0 deficit and lead 2-1 with goals from Milos Gordic and Brad Goss. Colton Beck then made it 3-1 Langley just short of the five minute mark of the period and the Dogs could never recover. A power play empty netter by Trevor Elias in the final 30 seconds of the game made the final 4-1.
The Chiefs outshot the Dogs 25-24 in the tight affair. The Dogs were 1 for 8 on the power play while Langley was 1 for 7. Colin Rundell took the loss in goal for the Dogs as he was lifted after the 3rd goal. Wyatt Waselenchuk picked up the win in net for Langley.
The Chiefs enter this week with a record of 9-5 and 1. They were last in action Sunday afternoon at home where they were beaten 5-1 by the Cowichan Valley Capitals. The Caps took a 1-0 lead after one period of play, before scoring four straight in the second, including two on the power play, to take a 5-0 lead. Trevor Elias would get the Chiefs on the board before the period was out with a shorthanded marker to trim the gap to 5-1, but that would be as close as they would get.
Shots actually favoured Langley 34-27 as Andrew Walsh took the loss in goal. Special teams were a factor with Cowichan going 2 for 8 on the power play while the Chiefs were 0 for 7, although they did score their only goal of the game shorthanded.
Thursday?s pregame show from the George Preston Recreation Centre is on the air at 6:45 with the puck drop and all the play-by-play at 7:00pm. Catch all the action on 93.3 The Peak FM or the BCHL Fanzone
The Surrey Eagles enter this week with a record of 4 and 11. They were last in action Sunday afternoon where they snapped a four game losing streak by downing the Victoria Grizzlies 6-5 at the Bear Mountain Arena, handing the RBC hosts their first loss on home ice and snapping their nine game winning streak in the process. This was a crazy back and forth game, with the Eagles taking a 1-0 lead on a Trevor Hamaguchi goal before the game was even a minute old. Not two minutes later the Grizzlies found the net to tie it up at 1-1 after one. Tyler Morley put the Eagles up 2-1 just over five minutes into the second, but again the Grizzlies tied it up, this time less than a minute later. Victoria took their first lead of the game with a shorthanded marker late in the period, but just 2:02 later the Eagles tied it at 3-3 after two with Mike Henderson scoring. The Eagles retook the lead just past the halfway mark of the third when Spencer Bennett scored, but again the Grizzlies struck back just 2:02 later for a 4-4 tie with a power play marker. With 2:02 left in regulation the Eagles got the go-ahead goal on the power play from Tom Janosz making it 5-4. The Eagles couldn?t make that stand up though, as the Grizzlies tied it with the extra attacker out and just 55 seconds left in the third. The Eagles would win the game when Nolan Toigo found the net with just one second left in regulation for the 6-5 final.
The Eagles outshot Victoria 32-27 with Vinny Lessard picking up the win in net. The Eagles were 1 for 6 on the power play while also allowing one shorthanded goal against. The Grizzlies were 1 for 4.
The ice sheet at the South Surrey Arena is Olympic sized so there will be much more room to manoeuvre out there. While it is more room to skate and generate chances offensively, it?s also more room to cover defensively so the Dogs must be ready to adapt.
Friday?s pregame show from the South Surrey Arena kicks off at 6:45 with the puck dropping at 7:00. Get it all on 93.3 The Peak FM and the BCHL Fanzone
The road trip concludes for the Dogs Saturday night when they visit the Bill Copeland Arena for the first meeting of the season between the Dogs and the Burnaby Express. The Express enter this week with a record of 6-10-1 and 1. They were last in action Sunday afternoon at home where they dropped their 6th in a row by a score of 5-1 to the Powell River Kings. The Kings led 1-0 after one before the Express tied it on a Gaven Hohl goal just past the halfway mark of the second. The Kings would then score three times in the final four minutes of the second ? including two on the power play, to lead 4-1 into period three. One more Kings goal at the halfway mark of the third finished off the games scoring.
The Kings outshot the Express 32-31 with Richie Virtanen taking the loss in goal. The Kings were 2 for 4 on the power play while the Express were 0 for 2.
The Express have been a banged up team lately, hit hard by injuries. They will get a good rest to recover going into Saturday?s game though, with no games on the week until the Dogs show up Saturday night playing their third game in three days. Which means the Dogs had best be ready from the opening puck drop.
Saturday?s pregame show from the Bill Copeland Arena starts at 7:15 with the play-by-play of all the action at 7:30. As always, get it on The Peak and the