Bulldogs Record Falls to 2 - 1
Posted by: Jean Pierre Roulette on Mon Sep 11th 2017 11:47am
In week 3 action, the Bulldogs squared off against the Evil Monkeys. This game would be the first time these two teams have met since last season's Aviator Keg Championship that saw the Evil Monkeys drink from the keg for the first time in their Aviator existence edging out the Bulldogs in a close 3 - 2 game. The Bulldogs faithful would have liked to have seen some redemption but this week's contest was not as close.
Credit should be given where credit is due and the simple story line here is that the Evil Monkeys are an even better hockey team than their Championship Keg squad was. A new an improved Monkey summer squad took the ice with several personnel changes that were an upgrade in each circumstance. The Monkey's defensemen stayed home and broke out their forwards. Their forwards received passes and attacked the Bulldogs net during odd man rushes with speed and precision. Although the Bulldogs generated some chances, their passing was not as crisp, their attack to the net was not as organized or threatening and when the final buzzer sounded it was a 6 - 2 Bulldogs loss.
The Bulldogs faithful do not expect their team to win every time. The Bulldogs are still a formidable opponent in this division. But the game puts the only blemish on the now 2 - 1 summer record that reminds the Bulldogs in order to finish all the way and have an Aviator Keg drinking party, they need to be at the top of their game for the better opponents in this division.
Bulldogs Improve Summer Record to 2 - 0
Posted by: Jean Pierre Roulette on Mon Sep 11th 2017 11:31am
Heading into Week 2 competition, The Brooklyn Bulldogs faced a new opponent to the Division who called themselves "Dump and Coast." The Dump and Coast hockey squad was reminiscent of an old foe from years ago called the Rebels. Some of the players were there, and they wore similar color jerseys. The Rebels were last seen in the Summer 2016 Aviator Keg matchup that the Bulldogs won in lopsided fashion. Well folks, new name but same result. The Bulldogs poured it on from the drop of the puck en route to an 11 - 3 victory over the helpless overmatched and understaffed Dump and Coast squad. The 3 goals that the Bulldogs gave up were more of a result of Holtby's boredom and indifference than actual finished scoring chances by the opposition. Regardless, every skater registered at least a point and lopsided contests of this nature are never fun for either team involved. Tack on another Bulldogs summer victory.
Bulldogs Open Summer 2017 Season With a Win
Posted by: Jean Pierre Roulette on Thu Aug 10th 2017 2:21pm
The Bulldogs began their Summer 2017 season with high hopes after having previously reached the finals last season along with the memories of being the Summer 2015 and Summer 2016 Aviator Keg Champions - so there is something extra special and exciting about Bulldogs summer hockey.
A disappointing note to start the season is the team has learned that long tome Bulldog Red and Blue player Jay Deezy will continue to skate with league rival the Knights. Though never given any walking papers from the Bulldogs front office, he started as a part time Knights sub and seems to have become a roster mainstay, much to the disappointment of the loyal Bulldog faithful and the tight knit locker room alike.
In similar fashion, the team has learned that Bulldogs star Jack Horowitz - affectionately known as J Ho, has signed a contract to play with defending Aviator Keg Champion the Evil Monkeys. The groans of the Bulldogs faithful were audible upon hearing this as he was never given walking papers either. The rumor mill is swirling that his recent marriage has caused him to get more in touch with his sensitive side and his gentle and peaceful nature is more welcomed by the soft type of play that is accepted by the Evil Monkeys fan base and he was just less comfortable with the rough and tumble style that has become the nature of the Bulldogs. So be it. There is hockey to be played and the Bulldogs were suited up and ready to skate.
So Summer 2017 began against Snipetown. Coincidentally, this is the 3rd or 4th season in a row that the Bulldogs opened against the league's doormat. The Bulldogs as a franchise have never lost a game to the bunch from Snipetown - but rosters change quickly in the Aviator league and there were a brand new bunch of hockey players on the opposing bench that clearly will take that franchise out of the league's basement. Captain Frankie Dag immediately sensed the threat of this newly refined opponent and cautioned his team about starting too slow. Despite doing all he could to wisely rally his troops, the Boys in Blue did not heed their captain's warning of a slow start and the Snipetown team got on the board first.
Midway through the 2nd period, the Bulldogs found themselves on a 5 - 3 power play with a faceoff in the Snipetown end. Upon winning the faceoff, the Bulldogs team set up and began passing around. After several passes and setting up imminent danger, there was no telling who the next pass was going to. Defenseman Peter "chirp" Hatzi slowly skated down the left side while surveying the setup and threatening to dish. He clearly tricked the Snipetown defense who was poised for this threat as he snuck a well placed shot short side between the goalie and the post to start the scoring for the Bulldogs season while tying the game at 1.
Third period action was highlighted by more Bulldogs puck movement. The tie was broken with a deep forecheck where the Bulldogs wingers won the battle behind the Snipetown net. The puck was sent to open point man Joe "Hopeless Romantic" DeAngelo (f*ck the apostrophe) whose well placed low shot was redirected by Riston "Angry Dragon Expert" R into the net to give the Bulldogs a 2 - 1 lead.
Later in the period, the Bulldogs forwards were pressing hard again. Rapid shots on goal and front of the net presence earned the Dogs several shots where they put back rebounds and kept battling. AJ "Always Early" Bezner put back a rebound to give the Bulldogs a much needed insurance goal that secured a 3 - 1 win for the Bulldogs and created a 2 game personal goal scoring streak for AJ dating back to last season's championship game.
The win was made possible by Mike "you don't warm me up properly" Holtby who made several tough saves along the way that gave his team the confidence and room to put some goals up and eventually win the game.
Also of note is the bark and the bite of the Bulldogs skaters. Perhaps the new Snipetown roster thought the Bulldogs recent player suspensions or indefinite bannings were just rumors. A bush league spear by an opposing player to the Bulldogs goalie wasn't answered with a game penalty by the referees. But that didn't matter. Riston "Angry Dragon" R lead the charge with a supporting cast that followed in punishing the uncalled foul worse than any league penalty.
Additional enforcement was noticed by Jeremy "Bear" M who showed little tolerance for cheap talk from Snipetown. When The Bear heard the chirps of his opponent, he rose to the challenge more than one time willing to give the fight the Snipetown team realized would be a bad idea for them. Wisely, the several Snipetown players took a Bear claw upside their head and left the ice defeated and beaten with the hope of better luck next time choosing not to make good on their original fight threat that was clearly just soft.
As for the Bulldogs, it's summer. Doesn't seem there's much else to say.
Bulldogs Impropable Run Falls Short In Spring 2017 Championship Game
Posted by: Jean Pierre Roulette on Mon Jul 24th 2017 1:39pm
The Bulldogs seemed to be rolling this season. After a 2 - 3 start, they finished the season on a 5 game winning streak. Combined with 2 playoff wins, they took a 7 game winning streak into the final game of the season where they squared off against the Evil Monkeys for the Spring 2017 Aviator Championship Keg.
Even though it is the Spring Season, the game was played in late July where the Bulldogs have had a lot of success with Summer Month hockey as they are Summer 2015 and Summer 2016 League Champions.
Further, the Bulldogs have dominated the Evil Monkeys when the two teams have previously collided in post season play having eliminated them twice in recent playoff meetings.
The road to the game that would decide which team would hoist the keg was longer this season than previous playoff formats. Although it was a single elimination format as usual, both teams had to play 3 rounds in order to be crowned champions. Previous playoff format only required 2 wins.
In opening round action, the Bulldogs squared off against the Knights. Conversely, the Evil Monkeys battled with last season's defending Aviator Keg Champion, the Lords of Flatbush.
In the second round, the Bulldogs defeated the Desserters in overtime 5 - 4 after the Desserters were granted a first round bye for being a top seed. The Evil Monkeys edged out the Isotopes, who were also granted an opening round bye, in identical fashion via a 5 - 4 overtime win.
After battling through two tough rounds and after both winning 5 - 4 in overtime, it would now come down to one game between the Bulldogs and the Evil Monkeys for the Aviator Championship Keg.
The game started out as mostly uneventful. The teams traded uneventful chances and the play itself was clean and penalty free. Although the Bulldogs had some nice scoring chances, the first period ended with no scoring.
The second period was rather uneventful as well. No penalties were registered, Mike Holtby was up to the task and the Bulldogs ended the period with a modest 1 - 0 lead. They were now 1 period away from finishing an improbable run, an amazing winning streak and yet another Aviator championship keg.
The 3rd period was nothing like the first two. Did the referees want to open the game up? Was the game too boring for the fans? Much can be speculated as after an uneventful first two periods of no penalties, the Bulldogs were charged with 4 minor penalties in the 3rd frame. The penalties that were assessed seem to be minor infractions of the rule book - at best. These same infractions were occurring both ways and had been taking place all game. Whether or not all of the penalties were valid calls is up for debate, but what can certainly be agreed upon is the tolerance level of the officials was different for the 3rd period and the rules suddenly became very strict - mostly in one direction.
The referee and league director Kienzle suddenly found his whistle less than 1 minute into the 3rd frame where he called interference on a Bulldogs player who lost his stick in an opposing player and actually let go of the stick and stood with his hands up. Another penalty was assessed after a faceoff where two players were pushing and shoving after the play had moved out of the faceoff circle and an Evil Monkeys player dove to the ice covering his head as if it was injured from a padded glove contacting his titanium cage (with no consequence of a diving penalty). Another Bulldogs player was sent to the box for urgently getting up from the floor behind the net after an Evil Monkeys player fell on him at the whistle. No contact between the two players had actually occurred when the players stood up although there was verbal chatter. The 4th and final penalty involved a Bulldog getting tangled going to the boards battling an Evil Monkey for a loose puck where the EM player saw the worst of it and fell. Of the 4 penalties called against the Bulldogs, the Evil Monkeys converted 2 of them for power play goals and mixed in an even strength goal to develop a comfortable 3 - 1 lead with time running out. The Bulldogs also briefly benefitted from the whistle happy period as they were granted a 4 minute double minor power play that essentially didn't last 4 minutes as it was partially washed out by one of their own penalties. In the frame, the Bulldogs would add another tally that proved to be of little significance as the 3 goals they surrendered in the 3rd period stood up for the Evil Monkeys who stole the 3rd period and the Spring 2017 Aviator Championship keg with it as they toast to a 3 - 2 win.
Losing is always disappointing. However, the Bulldogs have much to be proud of as they rode out an amazing 7 game winning streak and overall had a fun and successful Spring 2017 season. With the Summer season about to begin, the Bulldogs will move on from this and come back stronger.
Spring 2017 Playoff Statistics:
Player G A
AJ 1 0
Lou 1 1
Cav 1 0
Jason O 1 0
JPR 1 3
Riston 1 1
Ryan 4 0
RAC 1 1
Jared 0 1
Joe D: 1 4
Jeremy 1 2
Espo: 1 1
Bulldogs Refuse To Roll Over And Play Dead - Advance to Spring 2017 Championship Game
Posted by: Jean Pierre Roulette on Thu Jul 20th 2017 9:29am
After a first round playoff win, the Bulldogs squared off against the Desserters in second round playoff action. These two teams have a historical playoff past as they squared off for a championship several seasons ago in a heated contest that was delayed due to several fights. Most recently, the teams met in week 7 of this season where the Desserters protested the game upon losing the contest on the ice. In playoff hockey, there are no protests or cheap wins - this one would have to be decided on the ice and the Desserters had their full squad.
Much like their previos contest, the Desserters came out of the gate with a very fast paced rapid tempo. The Bulldogs found themselves pinned in their own end often and were not getting many shots on goal. At the end of the first period, the Desserters had a modest 1 - 0 lead.
With the deficit at 2 - 0, the Bulldogs got on the board in the second period. Joe D rushed from his defensive perch and found himself battling for a puck against the Desserters defense deep in their end. After he created a turnover, he found Riston "Pink" R in front of the net who put the puck into the open corner to cut the deficit in half.
The Bulldogs headed into the 3rd period down 3 - 1. Almost immediately after the puck drop, Ryan "6th man in" Monahan took a pass from Jared "pimp" O to make the score 3 - 2. After a scrap, the Bulldogs found themselves on a 5 on 3 power play where Ryan "6th Man In" Monahan took a feed from Joe D to tie the score at 3. This still left time for a 5 on 4 power play advantage for the Bulldogs.
As the 3rd period played on, Holtby's solid play throughout the game allowed his team to start to control the tempo. With a faceoff deep in enemy territory, Riston won a faceoff back to his point man and Jon "eye in the sky" Cav - whose blood saturated the ice last week, gave the Bulldogs a 4 - 3 advantage late in the 3rd period.
It was the Desserters turn to go on the power play. After nearly killing the penalty, the Bulldogs gave up a PP goal and the score was tied at 4.
More late penalties occurred where a Desserters player was ejected, and another player had to serve the penalty in his place. The Bulldogs ended regulation time on a power play that saw them gaining momentum and getting good chances. However, none of them went in, and the teams headed into overtime.
With the wind already at their back, a tiring and slowing Desserters team and a now surging and energized Bulldogs attack, it didn't take long for this OT game to be decided. Ryan Monahan exploded to the net on a furious rush that resulted in a shot on goal, a crash into the goalie, a crash into the net and ultimately a hat trick for the 6th man in that was the OT game winning goal for the Bulldogs.
Overall Game Notes:
The Bulldogs got their usual solid goaltending from Mike Holtby. When the Desserters pushed the tempo, he staved off some threatening opportunities and kept the score close. It eventually enabled the team to come back from a 2 goal deficit in the fastest paced game the team was faced with all season.
The 3rd period was marred by several penalties for both teams. Captain Frank Dag altered lines and changed attackers strategically to give the team the best chance at winning. His decisions proved to be ingenious as the end result was a win.
Bulldogs centermen - Ryan, Drew, Riston won some pivotal faceoffs in the 3rd period that resulted in puck control, shots, and a major goal. Riston had an assist off a direct faceoff. Drew did not allow the other teams threatening center to take the puck and push forward - which had worked for the Desserters earlier in the contest. By neutralizing that attack, he gave his team the advantage and the puck possession.
The Bulldogs defenders have been two way players all season and have recently stepped up their game to a very high level. They battle in their own end, they hustle for an offensive threat while still being able to get back and not get burned. A very dangerous crew right now that has really helped the team be successful.
Although this is the Spring 2017 season, this is the Month of July and the Bulldogs seem to come alive during summer hockey. They have won the previous 2 summer season championships (Summer Season 2015, Summer Season 2016) and are now headed to the championship in July 2017. Let's Go Bulldogs.