November 30/12 – Trailing 3-2 going into the third period, the Burnaby Midget A1 Bulldogs pressed hard to score an equalizer. Just like in physics, that action had an equal and opposite reaction. The Cloverdale Colts took advantage of the gaps in coverage created by pinching Bulldog defenders, scoring 3 third period goals to bury the Bulldogs by a 6-2 score.
Two of the Cloverdale goals came off the stick of Chris Seto, one of the Colts most dangerous weapons on offence. Seto put the finishing touches on a beautiful setup pass by forward Dylan McCann with just over twelve minutes to play in the third period before adding another courtesy of a solo effort with only a minute and a half to go.
The Colts opened the scoring just three minutes into the game before the Bulldogs quickly evened things up on the powerplay. A Lynden Book shot found its way through a screen and deflected off Colts netminder Dawson Aullenback before crossing the goal line.
The game’s turning point came with only 15 seconds left in the first period when Dylan McCann found a loose puck in the high slot. Spinning while shooting, McCann’s low shot seemed to surprise Bulldogs goaltender James Fowler. The goal gave the Colts a 2-1 lead heading into the intermission, a lead they would hang onto for the rest of the game.
Jordan Funk extended the Colts advantage to 3-1 with a powerplay goal 4:30 into the second period. Ivan Erlic got the Bulldogs back to within one, tapping in a pass after a strong power move by Chris Bettiol, but it would be as close as the Bulldogs would get.
“I’m not mad,” said Coach Cleveland Astle. “I am a little disappointed because we could have been more effective, finished our checks and moved a little bit quicker.”
Astle also expressed his relief about being able to field a full roster. In Burnaby’s game earlier this week against North Delta, the Bulldogs were able to ice only 6 skaters and a goalie during the first period. Several other players had been held up by severe traffic en-route.
The full post game interview with Coach Astle can be seen below.
With the loss, Burnaby fell to 1-3-1 in PCAHA league play, while Cloverdale improved to 2-2-1.