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Bulldogs swept by the Clippers

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs lost both of their home games in the playoffs and were swept by the Nanaimo Clippers in their first round series.

Game three

A holding penalty to Moe Acee set up a power play opening goal from Liam Ryan for the Clippers in the first period. Just 58 seconds in, Kyler Kovich scored the lone second period goal to give the Clippers a 2-0 lead.

An interference penalty to Clippers defenceman Mike Kennedy set up an early third period power play goal from Jackson Doucet to get the Bulldogs on the board. A goal from RIT commit Aiden Hansen-Bukata ten minutes later gave the Shipmen a 3-1 lead.

Dawson Tritt scored a minute and a half later to pull the Bulldogs back within striking distance but it was too little too late as the Clippers hung on to win the game and take a 3-0 lead in the best of seven series.

Game 4

After a scoreless first period, Bulldogs defenceman Mattias Dal Monte opened the scoring just over six minutes into in the second period. Clippers sniper Josh Bourne took a minor penalty for a blow to the head and a 10 minute misconduct to take him out of the period. But with just 33 seconds left in the middle frame, captain Ethan Scardina tied it for the Clippers.

Tim Washe scored the winning goal four minutes into the third period to end the Bulldogs season and send the Clippers on to play the winner of the Cowichan Valley/Powell River series.

3 stars of the 2019-20 season

1. Ryan Doolin
In 57 regular season games, Doolin had 19 goals and 33 assists for 52 points.

2. Tim Gould
In 58 regular season games, the University of Maine commit had seven goals and 27 assists for a total of 34 points.

3. Luke Pearson
The Bulldogs goalie won 13 of his 36 regular season games making 1,140 saves for a .900 save percentage.