The Alberni Valley Bulldogs are returning from an interesting road trip that was sandwiched with a pseudo home game against Chilliwack at the BCHL Showcase Festival in between. They got slaughtered 8-2 in Prince George on Sept. 27, jumped out to a 2-1 lead only to fall 5-2 in Chilliwack on Sept. 28, lost 4-2 in Coquitlam on Sept. 29, and lost 5-2 to the same Chilliwack Chiefs team in the evening feature game on day one of the BCHL Showcase Festival. The Bulldogs finally snapped their four game losing streak against Merritt on Oct. 3 in their second game at the BCHL Showcase Festival.
In the Sept. 27 game in PG, Ryan Doolin scored the opening goal 3:33 into the opening frame for a 1-0 Bulldogs lead. It wouldn’t last. The Spruce Kings notched eight unanswered goals before Jacob Bosse potted a goal 6:20 into the third period, but it was already too late. Despite of the lopsided score, the Bulldogs stuck together and didn’t go down easily the entire game.
In Chilliwack, we waited until 18:39 into the first period for the opening goal from the Chiefs’ Cooper Moore. Goals from Jackson Doucet and Mitchell Deelstra gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead only for four unanswered goals from the Chiefs to salt it away 5-2
Next up in Coquitlam, the Bulldogs gave up the first goal 13:30 into the first period from the Express’ Cooper Connell followed by another goal from Drew Cooper just under five minutes later. The Bulldogs got a goal from Tim Gould 49 seconds into the second period followed by one from Deelstra just under seven minutes later. The Express later scored two more goals to double up the Bulldogs 4-2.
Back in Chilliwack for the BCHL Showcase Festival, the Bulldogs opened the scoring nineteen seconds in to the first on a goal from Jackson Munro. The Chiefs tied it at one with a goal from Tyler Cristall. 6:41 into the second period Austin Spiridakis gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead only for the Chiefs to score three unanswered goals en route to the 5-2 victory.
In the win against Merritt at the Showcase, the Bulldogs got the opening goal from Tim Gould 1:21 into the first period. After the Centennials’ Brett Roloson tied it at one, the Bulldogs scored three unanswered goals to win 4-1.
- Luke Pearson – made 33 saves on 34 shots that he faced in the win in Merritt.
- Jacob Bosse – assisted on both Bulldogs second period goals by Tommy Bannister and Jackson Munro in the victory against the Centennials.
- Jackson Glassford – made 44 saves on 49 shots in the Oct. 2 loss to Chilliwack.