Bulldogs Defeat Defending Champions to Even Record at 3 - 3
Posted by: Jean Pierre Roulette on Thu Jun 01st 2017 10:08am
The season looked as if it was headed to the Dog Pound as the Bulldogs squared off against last season's defending champion The Lords of Flatbush without much room for error in the standings. The Bulldogs bark was just as loud as the goal buzzer as they lit the lamp early and often to bring home the victory.
The scoring began early in the first period. Offensively skilled defenseman Joe D picked up a puck and from a seemingly harmless position of being on his backhand roofed a nasty shot under the crossbar that the goalie had no answer for. The Lords tied the score at 1 - 1 later in the period, and then the fisticuffs began.
Joe "less and less of a scumbag" Espo was tangled with a Lords defender. After trying to skate away to no avail, Espo dumped the determined to tangle hemorrhoid accordingly. A fight then ensued where Espo had the clear advantage against a physically larger opponent whose teammate provided an unpenalized assist with being the 3rd man into the fight to help turn the tables in an unfair fight. The fighting resulted in a Bulldogs Power Play that would carry over into the 2nd period.
Second Period highlights begin with the Bulldogs winning a faceoff deep in the Lords zone. Point Man John "Isotopes are my Bitch" Cooz slid the puck across the blue line to Joe " Backhand" D who put a hard shot wide off the backboard to Riston "No Longer a Virgin" R. Riston was looking for Espo in the dirty area but his pass took a fortuitous bounce off of a Lords defender and found the back of the net. The tally put the Bulldogs up 2 - 1, but the lead did not last long as the Lords immediately tied the game on the next puck drop.
More second period action saw Jean Pierre Roulette receive a cross ice pass from Joe "Backhand" D across the blue line into the Lords zone. JPR took another one of his blistering clappers that the Lords goalie miraculously was able to fight off. The resulting rebound was ugly and in a dangerous area and AJ "all day" Bezner was rewarded for his hustle to the net as he deposited a fluttering rebound into the upper corner of the net to once again put the Bulldogs on top. Much as the story goes, the Lords again tied the score shortly thereafter.
Almost like an instant replay, Joe "Backhand" D put the puck down the boards for another breakout play to JPR. From the same area on the ice as his previous shift, JPR stepped into another devastating clapper that stunned the Lords goalie who had seemingly very little reaction as the back of the net caught the puck and the Bulldogs took a 4 - 3 lead into the 2nd intermission.
About one minute into third period action the Lords tied the score for the 4th time in the contest. Skating with the score tied at 4, both teams had their chances but midway through the third period, Joe "backhand" D meandered his way down the right side into the Lords zone. Seemingly closed off and on his backhand, he earned his 5th point of the night as he served up some sweet tasting sauce to John "eye in the sky" Cav who put the exclamation point on his return to the Bulldogs by hustling to the back door and one timing the sauce to a tasty 5 - 4 lead.
The referees became very generous with the Power Plays they granted to the Lords. In order to make the 5 - 4 lead stand up, Joe "backhand" D, Jeremy "Bear" Mangano and JPR cohesively worked together to kill off a 5 - 3 Lords advantage. In the waning seconds of yet another Bulldogs penalty kill late in the 3rd period, Jon "eye in the sky" Cav made an alert pass out of his own end to John "Isotopes are my Bitch" Cooz who raced out of the penalty box to pick up the puck behind the play. With the defenders nipping at his heels, he converted his breakaway to give the Bulldogs an insurance goal and a 6 - 4 lead. In the waning seconds, the Lords answer was relatively unheard as the buzzer beater goal officially made the score 6 - 5. The Bulldogs message is what made the noise and their loud bark and sharp bite have them at a respectable 3 - 3 record on the season and in a position to make a post season qualifying run. It is encouraging to note that the Bulldogs were able to put up 6 tallys against a formidable opponent and the 6 goals were each scored from 6 different individual goal scorers. Here we go Bulldogs!!!!
Bulldogs Record Drops to 2 - 3
Posted by: Jean Pierre Roulette on Thu May 25th 2017 8:37am
The Bulldogs squared off against long time foe the Isotopes last night. These two teams know each other for many seasons and over time there are certain attributes to these games that have become commonplace and typical. Last night was no different.
The games between these two teams are always close - last night's game was no different as it was decided in a shootout.
The Isotopes like to take cheap shots and then cry to the referee with a sob story after they get their ass kicked. True to form, the Isotopes literally lost every fight despite starting all of them.
The game itself started well. From the opening puck drop, Joe D sent a shot in on the usually shaky Isotopes goalie that found the back of the net to give the Bulldogs a 1 - 0 lead. Assists were credited to Jason O and Riston R.
The Isotopes then answered with 3 consecutive goals to take a 3 - 1 lead. Mike Holtby was strong in net but was forced to see a lot of action and had to make many good saves to keep the game this close.
Midway through the 3rd period and still trailing by the same score, the Bulldogs were set up in the Isotopes zone on a power play. Jean Pierre Roulette collected a rebound behind the net, passed to Jeremy Mangano at the point whose shot was redirected by Jason O into the Isotopes net to make the score 3 - 2.
A furious Bulldogs attack toward the end of the game saw the Isotopes take several icings in a row in a desperate attempt to get out of their own end. The ensuing faceoff of one of those icings was won by Joe Espo to Joe D at the point whose blazing clapper overcame the glove of the Isotopes goalie to tie the score 3 - 3.
The game would be decided in a shootout where the Bulldogs lost 1 - 0 ultimately pinning them with a 4 - 3 loss and dropping their record to 2 - 3 at the midway point of the season.
It should be noted John Cusmano mistook an Isotopes player for a Rag Doll and threw him around for a while like a boss.
Bulldogs Even Record to 2 - 2 for the Spring 2017 Season
Posted by: Jean Pierre Roulette on Mon May 22nd 2017 11:05am
Week 4 Aviator Hockey Action saw the Bulldogs head into action with a 1 - 2 record against the Yachtsman - a relatively newer team to the Aviator league who are developing and have yet to achieve a winning record.
The Bulldogs established their dominance early. First period action saw Riston "No Longer a Virgin" R start off the scoring with a well deserved goal on the assist from Joe "Still a Scumbag" Espo. Riston has become a model of team leadership as his tireless hustle and kamikaze pushes to the net should be emulated by all.
Captain Frankie "the Chin" Dag added to the lead putting his dangerous wrist shot on display with an assist from Riston R whose hustle once again made things happen.
With a 2 - 1 lead in the second period, Jean Pierre Roulette caused a turnover while on the penalty kill and made the most of his breakaway opportunity by beating the goalie and making the lead 3 - 1.
With the score at 3 - 2, Peter "Legal Advice" Haz sent a tricky seeing eye shot along the ice past a confused Yachtsman goaltender to cushion the lead at 4 - 2.
The 3rd period saw the Bulldogs defend their end well and get their usual good goaltending. Upon review from Toronto, one particular Yachtsman scoring opportunity was perfectly played with positioning to only allow the shot to hit the post which frustrated the Bulldogs opponent. Clinging to a 4 - 3 lead, the Bulldogs stifled the furious empty net attack of the Yachtsman to preserve their lead giving them the win at the final buzzer and evening their record at 2 - 2 on the season.
The next match up is against last season's # 1 seed and old rival the Isotopes. Positive notes for the Bulldogs are that they have been able to defeat the teams they were favored to defeat within each contest. However, they have been lacking in scoring against more powerful opponents. Hopefully our boys in blue continue their winning ways next week.
Bulldogs Lose Close Game With Short Bench
Posted by: Jean Pierre Roulette on Thu May 11th 2017 12:15pm
Heading into week 3 with a 1 - 1 record, The Bulldogs squared off against the Evil Monkeys. Recent history has consistently shown that the Bulldogs have struggled against the Evil Monkeys during regular season play but have always defeated them during post season action when the games were most important. Tonight stayed true to form.
The Bulldogs started the contest with only 5 skaters. Midway through the 1st period, 2 more players joined in. By the end of the first period, the Bulldogs had 10 players in attendance but faced a 1 - 0 deficit.
In the second period, Jean Pierre Roulette started the scoring for the Bulldogs. He took a nice breakout pass from alert defenseman Drew Taylor. After beating a defender in a 1 on 1 situation Roulette then placed a wrist shot into the upper corner of the net that tied the score at 1 - 1.
The Bulldogs were then awarded a power play that resulted from the hard work of Riston "no longer a virgin" R drawing a penalty with his tireless effort that lasted all game. With a neutral zone faceoff, the Bulldogs lined up in atypical fashion and executed a designed dump in trap play. This resulted in Jason "the other roulette" O and AJ "all day" Bezner trapping a monkeys defender behing his own cage. As he desperately tried to escape with the puck to safety, he was met by JPR who poke checked the puck into a dangerous area in front of the net. Joe "helplessly in love" D creeped in from his defensive perch with a blazing wrist shot that rolled around the back of the net to make the score Bulldogs 2 and Evil Monkeys 1. It appeared the Bulldogs had settled down and were on their way to a successful game.
It was not to be. After giving up a goal late in the 2nd period off of a bad turnover that tied the score at 2 - 2, the Bulldogs gave up another goal late in the 3rd period that was the result of a fortuitous bounce for the lucky Evil Monkeys. Facing a 3 - 2 deficit late in the 3rd period, the Bulldogs emptied their net in favor of an extra attacker. Despite nearly tying the game on 2 occasions, the Evil Monkeys added the empty netter as time expired - dropping the Bulldogs to 1 - 2 on the season with a 4 - 2 loss.
Bulldogs Fail First Test of Spring 2017 Season
Posted by: Jean Pierre Roulette on Thu May 04th 2017 12:43pm
Coming off of a lopsided blowout win in week #1, the Bulldogs squared off against known proven foe the Desserters in their first contest against solid competition for the season.
The Desserters came out fast and it stunned our Dogs. They found themselves down 3 - 0 before they were able to get up to the tempo that the Desserters were maintaining. Joe D put the Dogs on the board with a nifty wrist shot to begin the scoring.
Down 4 - 1, the Dogs got goals from Jeremy "stretch" Mangano and Jason "the other roulette" O to cut the score to 4 - 3 and bring the fans to life. The Desserters added an insurance goal when the Bulldogs had trouble clearing their own end. The game ended the same way the championship match between these 2 teams ended 2 long seasons ago.... with an ugly brawl and a Bulldogs loss. Although no suspensions were handed down, the loss is painful enough as it drops the record to 1 - 1.
The Bulldogs showed solid goaltending and hard working defensemen but their forwards are going to have to produce more threatening offense if the team hope to make a playoff run.