By: Jesse Gilbert/dawg-park.com Contributor
The Dawgs fell after a back and forth battle in game one Thursday night at the Berglund Center against their second round opponent the Birmingham Bulls. The Dawgs did not manage to hold the lead once in Thursday night’s tilt but they did keep pace with the Bulls. Both teams netted a goal on the powerplay after neither of them having much PP success in their 7 regular season matchups. Of course, it does help when you are given so many powerplay chances.
Fan favorite Adrian Carbonara drew the ire of the Bulls early and found himself in the penalty box for roughing a Bulls player from the bench in the first period. He was able to tie the game with an outstanding team effort off a quick series of passes from Jansen and Wolter. Mac Jansen continued his trend as the Bull killer scoring with only 3.8 seconds left in the second period. Jansen had a spectacular game netting himself 3 points (1G, 2A). Colin Murray found his stride once again scoring after Travis Armstrong’s slapshot rang off the post and landed in the crease. Murray’s goal would be the Dawgs only powerplay goal out of 8 power play attempts.
The Bulls were able to take advantage of some lucky bounces and defensive lapses. The Bulls aggressive forecheck had the Dawgs struggling on their breakout of their own zone. Shane Topf set the tone early on with a one-time shot from the slot after a no look feed from Craig Simchuk. Garret Schmitz scored the Bulls only powerplay goal out of 6 powerplay attempts. Mike Davis scored on an unlucky bounce off of Travis Armstrong’s skate which put the puck in prime shooting position for Davis and left Caffery out of position. Despite the Dawgs tying it late in the second Mike Crocock scored 1:12 into the third period going five-hole on Jacob Caffrey. Crocock’s goal would be the game winning goal.
The Dawgs outshot the Bulls 30-19, with 15 of Roanoke’s shots coming in the third period. Despite this Mavric Park’s played a great game and kept the Bulls in it to seal the deal for the game one win. As if going into the series down 1-0 with both remaining games being played in Birmingham wasn’t bad enough, the Dawgs will have to do it without one of their better goal scorers, Maxime Guyon. Guyon was determined to tie the game late in the third putting up a total of 6 shots in the game. Despite this Maxime’s frustration got the better of him and he has been suspended for games two and three for crosschecking a Bull in the face.
Game two is in Birmingham at the Pelham Civic Center Friday night at 8:30 eastern time. Let’s go Dawgs!!