Bulldogs forward Christian Simeone tracks the puck during Game 1 against the Victoria Grizzlies at the Q Centre on Friday, Mar. 2 GOLDSTREAM NEWS GAZETTE PHOTO

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs take Game 1 in overtime

Bulldogs lead best of seven series against Grizzlies

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs spoiled the Victoria Grizzlies’ home series advantage with a win in overtime during the first of a best of seven game series on Friday, Mar. 2.

Despite not having a lead throughout the entire game, the Bulldogs took the game 5-4 in overtime.

The Grizzlies struck first, netting one goal in the first and a quick goal in the second, before Bulldogs’ affiliate player Dawson Tritt scored his first BCHL goal. Before the end of the second period, Bulldogs’ captain Mitch Oliver scored to tie things up.

Both clubs exchanged goals throughout the third period, with Bulldogs’ forward Cole Poliziani grabbing one and forward Michael Sacco potting a dramatic tally with less than six minutes remaining in the game.

In overtime, Poliziani scored his second goal to take the game.

Bulldogs’ goaltender John Hawthorne stopped 34 of 38 shots, while Victoria netminder Zachary Rose stopped 32 of 37.

The series continues at the Q Centre on Sunday, Mar. 4.


Alberni Valley Bulldogs forwards Christian Simeone and Michael Sacco charge the net during Game 1 against the Victoria Grizzlies at the Q Centre on Friday, Mar. 2. GOLDSTREAM NEWS GAZETTE PHOTO

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