Sunday, November 8, 2015

Bulldogs Bully Spruce Kings in OT


                      3                                     Final OT Score                                   4
LeBrun, Epp, Basilico
Goal Scorers
Margo, Meyer, Syrydiuk, Adkins
Total Shots
1st Period Shots
2nd Period Shots
3rd Period Shots
OT Shots
1 for 1
Power Play
1 for 3
Liam McCloskey
3rd Star

2nd Star
Quinn Syrydiuk

1st Star
Paul Meyer

Current Record

It went to extra frames, but it didn’t last long with the Bulldogs scoring just 12 seconds into OT.

There was a lot of play leading up to that though, and Liam McCLoskey was a big factor for the Spruce Kings making it as far as they did. In the first Alberni came out like bats out of hell and fired 18 shots on the young netminder. In front of their home crowd, the Bulldogs managed just one goal in the first period, and that was off the stick of their captian Eric Margo.

In the second the Spruce Kings got their wheels moving, and managed to take their first lead of the game. First it was Jake LeBrun with a goal nearly identical to last night where on the power play Stief slide a pass over to him, and from the top of the circle he blasted it in. Just over a minute later it was a nice play by Braiden Epp letting the puck slide past him to Kyle Johnson while in front of the net. Johnson returned the favour, passing the puck back to Epp who had the entire net to shoot at with Claeys out of position, and take the 2-1 lead.

Not to be undone in front of their home crowd, the Bulldogs battled back on their second powerplay of the game. Just like LeBrun’s, it was Paul Meyer the eventual first star of the game who received a pass at the blueline, and found a hole with his slapshot.

The Spruce Kings didn’t come out the way they wanted in the third, and Alberni scored just 49 seconds in courtesy of Quinn Syrydiuk. That got the home crowd going, and left Prince George with some catching up to do.

That moment would come when Kyle Johnson created a turnover at centre, and skated in before passing to Basilico who was all alone in front of the net. The power forward cut to the side, and was able to wrap a backhand shot past Claeys to tie the game at three.

Both goalies would hold the door for the final nine minutes, and the game would head to extra innings. Prince George was 0-1 heading in, after an OT loss to Victoria in the showcase back in September.

A mere 12 seconds in, and Josh Adkins was sprung in alone by Scott Clark. Letting a team’s leading scorer have a breakaway in overtime isn’t the best idea, and Adkins showed why putting a shot past McCloskey for his 18th point of the season. For Brody Clayeys in net, it was his first BCHL victory.

The Spruce Kings will be back in action this afternoon when they take on the Victoria Grizzlies at 2pm.


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