Photograph courtesy of K* Photography
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs tasted victory away from the friendly confines of the Alberni Valley Multiplex for the first time on Thursday evening as they defeated the Merritt Centennials 4-1. The win snapped the Bulldogs 8 game losing streak on the road.
Luke Pearson earned first star honours in the game as he stopped 33 of 34 shots on the night.
Goals came from Tim Gould, Tommy Bannister, Jackson Munro and Mitch Deelstra.
The win was extra special for a pair of Bulldogs as both head coach & general manager Joe Martin and defenceman Jackson Munro were taking on their former club.
Returning home to the Dawg Pound at 4-8-0, the Bulldogs aren’t where they hoped they’d be at this point of the season, however, there have been positives all season long that staff are starting to see with more consistency. Outside of the 8-2 drubbing at the hands of the Spruce Kings last weekend, the Bulldogs have been in each game. Hopefully, Thursday’s contest against Merritt is the start of a trend heading the other way. The Bulldogs are a league-worst 0-4-0 when tied after 40 minutes of play. However with a pair of wins when trailing after 40 minutes, they lead the BCHL in that category. This team has fight and character.
The Bulldogs now return home to face the BCHL leading Cowichan Capitals. The surging caps will enter action with a record of 9-3-0 on the season. We hope to see you at the Dawg Pound on Saturday night.