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Bulldogs split two weekend games at home

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs defeated the Cowichan Valley Capitals, only to lose in a shootout to the Vernon Vipers for their first loss at home this season. The Bulldogs still have a point in every game they have played at Weyerhaeuser Arena. After this weekend’s games the Bulldogs are now third in the Island Division, three points behind the Capitals and Nanaimo Clippers.

Win Over Cowichan

In the first game, Tanner Sidaway opened the scoring for the Capitals 5:39 into the opening frame. The Bulldogs tied it five minutes later with a goal from Moe Acee, followed by Cruz Cote’s power play goal giving the Capitals a 2-1 lead entering the intermission. Back to back goals from Dawson Tritt gave the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead entering the third period. A power play goal from Austin Spiridakis opened the third period giving the Bulldogs a two-goal lead. The Capitals’ Matt Crasa scored to pull within one goal, but it was too little too late. The Bulldogs would defeat the then-Island Division leaders 4-3 on home ice.

Shootout Loss to Vernon

Against Vernon, Spiridakis opened the scoring for the Bulldogs at 2:10, only for a tying power play goal from Vipers forward Dawson Holt before the end of the first period. The Vipers took a 2-1 lead on a goal from Connor Marritt. The Bulldogs countered with a power play goal from Josh Zary to tie the game. In the third period, Spridakis gave the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead, only for Cameron MacDonald to tie it for the Vipers. With no scoring in overtime the game went to a shootout. Vipers defenceman Nick Kent scored in the skills competition to give Vernon a 4-3 win and hand the Bulldogs their first home loss on the year.

Three Stars

1. Dawson Tritt
Tritt had two goals and assisted on the Bulldogs first goal by Moe Acee in the win over Cowichan.

2. Luke Pearson
Pearson saved 43 of the 46 shots that he faced in the Bulldogs’ shootout loss to Vernon.

3. Austin Spiridakis
Spiridakis scored a goal late in the win over Cowichan and a two goals in the shootout loss to Vernon.