Alberni Valley Bulldogs goalie Brad Rebagliati stops a shot by Trail Smoke Eaters Austin Adduono in the dying seconds of the third period at the AV Multiplex. The Bulldogs won 5-4. The Bulldogs play the Powell River Kings at the Multiplex on Sunday. Game time: 2 p.m.

Bulldogs beat Smoke Eaters in Alberni

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs fended off a last second shot to beat the Trail Smoke Eaters 5-4 at the Multiplex on Saturday.

Alberni’s  first game of the season against Trail was a victory as the Bulldogs beat the Smoke Eaters 5-4 at the AV Multiplex on Saturday night.

The Bulldogs lead 2-1 after the first period on goals by Tryg Strand and Teal Burns before Trail’s Jesse Knowler notched one for the Smoke Eaters. The Bulldogs notched three more goals to Trail’s two before Trail pulled within one in the third period but that was it.

Trail had 41 shots on goal to the Bulldogs 26. Both teams were blanked on their powerplays: The Bulldogs went 0-6, Trail 0-5.

Bulldogs Tryg Strand and Evan Tironese took first and second stars of the game while Trail’s Luke Sandler was third star.

For a full rundown of the game visit Evan Hammond’s blog.

The Bulldogs play Powell River at the Multiplex on Sunday, 2 p.m.

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