Bulldogs defenceman Ryan Novecosky picks up the loose puck during a game against the Coquitlam Express on Sunday, Dec. 2. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

Bulldogs defenceman Ryan Novecosky picks up the loose puck during a game against the Coquitlam Express on Sunday, Dec. 2. ELENA RARDON PHOTO

BCHL: Bulldogs halted by Express

3-0 lead turns into a 5-3 loss for Alberni Valley team

A 3-0 lead slipped away from the Alberni Valley Bulldogs during their home game against the Coquitlam Express on Sunday, Dec. 2.

Although the home team started with momentum, scoring twice in the first and early in the second, the Express followed this up with five unanswered goals to take the game 5-3.

The Bulldogs held the lead until halfway through the third period, when the Express tied things up with a powerplay marker. Coquitlam took the lead with just over a minute remaining in the period and finished the game with an empty net goal.

Coquitlam forward Regan Kimens earned a hat trick in Sunday’s match. Scorers for the Bulldogs were Keaton Mastrodonato, Grayson Valente and Aaron Bohlinger. Both Mastrodonato and Jackson Doucet had a three-point game. Bulldogs goaltender John Hawthorne made 45 saves in net.

It was the third game in three days for the Bulldogs, who split a doubleheader in Powell River on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s game ended 5-3 in favour of the Kings, while the Bulldogs took a 3-2 overtime victory on Saturday.

This weekend, the Bulldogs only play one game—squaring off against the Capitals in Duncan on Saturday, Dec. 8. They will be back home on Saturday, Dec. 15 for a game against the Victoria Grizzlies. This will also be the Teddy Bear Toss game, so make sure to bring a stuffed animal to toss onto the ice when the Bulldogs score their first goal.