Bulldogs Open Spring 2017 Season With Win
Posted by: Jean Pierre Roulette on Thu May 04th 2017 12:04pm
The Bulldogs began their Spring 2017 campaign with a win against regular jobber opponent Snipetown. After missing the playoffs last season, the Bulldogs are determined to post a better record and qualify this year.
Goals were scored early and often and the Bulldogs got their usual good goal tending. The final was 10 - 2. The Brooklyn Beatwriter and the Bulldogs faithful are happy with the lopsided win to open the season, but it is also known that the Division has become stronger. From League Champions, to League Finalists, to missing the playoffs last season, the level of competition has grown exponentially. We are hoping the Bulldogs rise to the task.
The first test will be next week when the Bulldogs skate with the Desserters - the team that knocked them off of their championship throne 2 long seasons ago.
Bulldogs Losing Streak Continues... Season Ends in Animal Hospital
Posted by: Jean Pierre Roulette on Fri Mar 31st 2017 9:53am
The Bulldogs took a 3 game losing streak into the final contest of the season against the Knights - a team they previously lost a close contest to just 2 short weeks ago. Despite their recent losing streak, the Bulldogs were still in a position to qualify for playoff contention.
The Bulldogs got off to a slow start. They found themselves down 5 - 0 at the end of the 1st period. The rest of the way, the Bulldogs played an even game with the Knights where each team scored 2 goals each. Unfortunately, the final score was a 7 - 2 loss, continuing the Bulldogs losing streak (now 4 games) and putting them out of playoff contention, ending their season on a disappointing note.
Highlights of the game were 2 goals from Captain Frankie "the chin" D'ag as he displayed his dangerous wrist shot that sent the goalie collecting his water bottle in the second row of the arena and added his 2nd goal of the game by putting back a rebound he battled for with his imposing presence in front of the net.
The Bulldogs season overall started well. They were scoring 7 - 8 goals per game and they were off to a fast 4 - 1 start. Perhaps they simply ran out of steam as the season carried on. Perhaps the competition of the division is continuing to grow?
Further noted is the playoff qualifications were different this season and worked against the chances of the Bulldogs qualifying. 8 teams were in the league, separated into brackets of 4 and 4. Because the Bulldogs have been a championship league nemesis, they were placed into the stronger bracket with good reason. League rules advanced the top 2 teams from each bracket into the playoffs, meaning the Bulldogs will watch teams that they defeated head to head move on to post season play without them.
Bracket 1 Bracket 2
Evil Monkeys Knights
Essentially, the Bulldogs ended up with an even record with the Evil Monkeys, but lost the tie breaker in head to head season play dropping them to 3rd place in their bracket and ending their season. Ironically, last season's champion the Deserters ended up behind the Bulldogs in the standings. This means that both teams from last season's championship game (Bulldogs vs. Deserters) did not even qualify!!!!
Despite some questionable league rules that may not have necessarily sent the strongest teams into post season play, the Bulldogs were still in a position to control their own destiny. They have been here before, and we know they will bite back stronger next season.
Bulldogs Drop 3rd Straight... Fate of Team is Uncertain
Posted by: Jean Pierre Roulette on Wed Mar 29th 2017 3:14pm
Our Brooklyn Bulldogs have gone from Championship finalist to on critical life support within a season.
In their contest against the Evil Monkeys, the performance of the team was a mixed feeling of hope and frustration for many fans. The game was there for the taking but our boys in blue simply weren't taking it.
Despite hitting some posts and generating mostly weak shots in the early part of the game, the Bulldogs found themselves behind a manageable 2 - 0 midway through the 2nd period. Jon "eye in the sky" Cav , who has demonstrated a personal surge this season, made the score 2 - 1 leaving his defensive post to pick up a centering pass in front of the net for the tally. The Bulldogs then were granted a power play where Jon "eye in the sky" Cav went coast to coast for the 3rd time this season for another unassisted tally that tied it up at 2 - 2.
The game had the feeling of a possible OT / Shootout for the 3rd consecutive week when the Bulldogs broke down physically and psychologically and gave up the lead late in the 3rd period en route to a 4 - 2 loss which dropped their record to 5 - 4 on the season.
Perhaps the mumbling and rumors are distracting our players and are to blame for the 3 game losing streak. The Aviator League and Bulldogs brass have not been in agreement on profit sharing and the result has been Bulldogs brass not forking over the cash initially stated in the contractual agreement between the team and the league. Bulldogs management has stood firm with shorting the funds to the Aviator league all season, but now the league is responding by threatening to cut off all ties to the Bulldogs franchise - effective possibly as soon as playoffs if they qualify.
The discounted merchandise at the souvenir stands may possibly be in reaction to decreased sales from poor play, but could also mean the Bulldogs are facing bankruptcy as a franchise. For a team that has been in existence with amicable relations with the Aviator corporation for over a decade, how could it come to this so quickly??? Aviator has made it known that they do not care.... but do our players and management?
Bulldogs Fall Short In Shootout..... Again
Posted by: Jean Pierre Roulette on Mon Mar 20th 2017 10:35am
The Brooklyn Bulldogs squared off against the Deserters in a Championship rematch of last season. The Bulldogs carried a beefed up lineup into this game, as did the defending champs. The action was faster than typical Division 5 / 6 play, but the Bulldogs were up to the task. They got solid goaltending and controlled the tempo jumping out to a 2 - 0 lead.
But complacency seems to be the problem. The Bulldogs seemed to not want to put their vulnerable opponent away when given the chance, and suddenly found themselves behind 4 - 2.
Within a 20 second time span, the Bulldogs easily added 2 more goals to tie the score and took an eventual 3rd period 5 - 4 lead. Reminiscent of the previous week, the opposition tied the score late in the 3rd period to force a shootout.
The shootout went 8 rounds before a winner was decided. Our Bulldogs came out on the losing end of the shootout for the second straight week dropping their record to 5 - 3 on the season.
The Bulldogs have shown they can play with the better teams in this bracket and even gain a convincing lead. They are having trouble finishing their games and putting their opponents away. As the playoffs loom, we are hoping they can stay true to their name and remain tough for the duration of 3 periods.
The Evil Monkeys are on the schedule for the upcoming week. An old foe of the Bulldogs, they are a team that the Bulldogs have put away in the playoffs the previous 2 seasons when winning was necessary. However, the Evil Monkeys also breed the complacency that plagues our Bulldogs who were swept by this team in both of last season's regular season contests despite the fact that the Bulldogs controlled the flow of play in each game. Let's hope the Bulldogs can bite their way back on track and end their losing streak.
Bulldogs Fall In HeartBreaking Shootout Loss
Posted by: Jean Pierre Roulette on Thu Mar 09th 2017 9:19am
The Brooklyn Bulldogs squared off against the Knights in Aviator Division 5/6. It was a nail biter of a contest with bursts of ups and downs.
Both teams traded goals to begin the contest and the game stood at a 1 - 1 tie. The Bulldogs then scored a 3 goal burst making the score 4 - 1 and seemed to have the game under control heading into the second period. To start the second period, the Knights answered with a 4 goal burst of their own within a 3 minute time span to take a 5 - 4 advantage. Captain Frankie "the chin" Dag wisely used a time out which proved to be strategically brilliant as the Jason "the other Roulette" Ocharsky then tied the score on the ensuing faceoff after the timeout bringing the momentum back onto the side of the Bulldogs and chasing the Knights starting goaltender from the game.
About halfway through the 3rd period, Jason "the other Roulette" Ocharsky battled in the gritty area in front of the other teams net and was rewarded with his 3rd of the game to complete his hat trick and put the Bulldogs up 6 - 5. The Bulldogs took two penalties late in the 3rd period trying to preserve the lead. The first penalty was killed successfully, but the Knights ultimately tied the game in the waning seconds of the second penalty in the final minute of the game. The Bulldogs ultimately lost in the shootout, dropping their record to 5 - 2 on the season.
It should be noted that the Bulldogs struggled with personnel and positioning during the fatal Knights 4 goal outburst that ultimately let them back into the game. An undisclosed upper body injury to Joe "I will not acknowledge you on Social Media" D forced him to leave his usual defensive post to play wing. In turn, this took the Bulldogs recently hot weapon Jon "eye in the sky" Cav off of his new position at forward and dropped him back to defense where he saw his goal scoring hot streak cool off as he was forced into a more defensive role.
Assistant Captain Jared "the pimp" Overeem showed his frustration after the game. When asked for a comment, he quipped "Everyone looks good against Snipetown" before storming out of the media room and not taking any further questions.
Jeremy 'not a gay Bear" Mangano had 2 goals continuing the Bulldogs streak of defensemen adding to the scoring.
Tougher competition is ahead as the Bulldogs have a championship rematch looming next week against the Deserters. Hopefully the Bulldogs and are ready to avenge their loss.