Photo credit: Xander Holcomb, Blackfalds Bulldogs
For the Blackfalds Bulldogs, Friday night was nothing short of momentous; the team won a third straight game for the first time since the end of October, but perhaps more notably, they beat a Camrose Kodiaks team for the first time on the season after losing the first four meetings between the two sides this season. On Saturday night, the Bulldogs had the opportunity to win a second straight game against Camrose, and a chance to, if the results went their way elsewhere, take a two-point lead over the Drumheller Dragons for third place in the south division. Like the game the night before, Matthew Hennessey and Robert Andreakos both posted perfect first periods, making 14 and nine saves respectively to take the game 0-0 into the first intermission.
The Bulldogs came out flying in the second period of play and took no time at all to take a lead. Layne Loomer found a loose puck in the offensive zone, moved to some space, and sent a backhand shot flying past Andreakos’ glove to make it 1-0 early, quickly followed by the fourth line getting in on the 2-0 goal. After pressure down low, Jack Plandowski found the puck in the slot and sent it through the goaltender to double the lead. Brendan Ross would put the cap on a perfect second period minutes later, firing home a perfect wrist shot on a two-on-one to make it 3-0.
Early in the third period, Jack Plandowski would score his second goal of the game, deflecting in a long wrist shot from Jake Geraci through the legs of Robert Andreakos. Plandowski’s second of the game gave Blackfalds a four-goal lead that they’d hold until the halfway point of the period when Ryan Sullivan’s powerplay goal made it 4-1. After the Kodiaks scored, they’d quickly go back on the man advantage, looking down an opportunity to make it a two-goal game. A goal would be scored on the Kodiaks powerplay, but it was one of the shorthanded nature, with Dave Brandes stealing the puck at the Bulldogs blueline, breaking in, and scoring on the ensuing two-on-one.
Matthew Hennessey’s 34 saves on 35 shots earned his fourth straight win, giving Blackfalds their fourth win in four games in the month of December. Next, the Bulldogs have the Brooks Bandits on home ice on Tuesday night.