The Alberni Valley Bulldogs made a triumphant return to the Dawg Pound last weekend, picking up a 3-1 win against the visiting West Kelowna Warriors.
The Bulldogs returned to the Alberni Valley Multiplex on Saturday, Feb. 3 in front of more than 1,600 fans for their first game back on home ice in almost a month. They put on a show for the home crowd for their fifth straight win.
Despite the fact that the Bulldogs had four powerplay opportunities in the first period, the Warriors and their goaltender Rorke Applebee managed to keep things scoreless.
However, the Bulldogs broke through early in the second as captain Nicholas Beneteau picked up his 12th goal of the season to give the home team a 1-0 lead.
In the late stages of the second period, Hayden Stavroff doubled the Bulldogs’ lead with his team-leading 22nd goal of the year.
The Bulldogs put the game away early in the third period as Fischer O’Brien scored his 14th of the year. On top of the goal, O’Brien added a pair of assists for a three-point outing.
The Warriors broke Bulldogs goaltender Callum Tung’s shutout bid in the third to make it a 3-1 game, but that was as close as they would come to tying things up.
Tung was named the game’s second star, stopping 32 of 33 shots on the night.
Up next for the Bulldogs is a trip back to Duncan to take on the Caps on Friday, Feb. 9, and then the Surrey Eagles come to the Dawg Pound on Saturday, Feb. 10. Puck drop is at 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased online at www.albernivalleybulldogs.ca or at the Bulldogs office.
ICE CHIPS...Former Bulldogs bench boss Jim Hiller has been named the interim head coach of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings. Hiller was the Bulldogs head coach from 2004 to 2006, and guided the team to their most successful regular season in club history in 2005-06.