During the BCHL’s exhibition season this past fall, the Bulldogs had a knack for not quitting, for having a flare for the dramatic if you will. Just 2 games into the regular season and it appears that DNA is alive and well in this group of Bulldogs as well.
Trailing 4-1 with 11:56 to play in regulation, the Bulldogs roared all the way back to win 5-4 in OT thanks to Adam Jeffery’s game winner 1:05 into the 4th period. Dramatic indeed.
For the 2nd consecutive game it was the Bulldogs who opened the scoring. Josh Van Unen (1) scored 4:17 into the game before to give the Bulldogs the 1-0 lead. Late in the opening frame Joey Moffatt pulled the Caps even and 1-1 is where we stood after 20 minutes.
The 2nd period was controlled early by the Caps who got goals from Jacob Brockman on the power play just 1:29 into the period, and Max Bulawka at 6:03. The Bulldogs had plenty of chances, however Caps 20-year old net minder Lucas Pfeil stood tall and preserved the Caps 2 goal cushion headed to the 3rd period.
Tanner Komzak pushed the Caps lead to 4-1 before the Bulldogs started making things interesting.
Defenceman Darren Beattie did a marvellous job getting his first career BCHL goal at 9:42 making it 4-2. Next up was Lukas Jirousek with his 2nd of the season to make it 4-3 at 15:06. 16-year old defenceman Emanuelson Charbonneau picked up his 1st BCHL assist on the play as well.
With just 3.2 seconds remaining Brady McIssac pulled the Bulldogs even as he jammed home a loose puck at the side of the goal for his first BCHL goal and forced OT in the process.
In the extra session, Adam Jeffery sniped the winner from the slot after some tremendous work by Brandon Buhr to steal the puck behind the net and set him up in the slot for the game winner.
Luke Pearson stopped 24 of 28 to earn his 1st win of the year, while Pfeil made 28 saves in the loss. The Bulldogs were 1 for 5 with the man-advantage, while they killed off 2 of 3 Caps opportunities with the man advantage.
*** : Jackson Alexeev – COW
** : Darren Beattie – AVB
* : Adam Jeffrey – AVB
Bulldogs now have Sunday off before facing the Victoria Grizzlies on Monday evening.