Take commanding 3-0 lead of the PJHL Yeck Division series following a 6-0 shutout
Sunday, February 10, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
DORCHESTER - The Dorchester Dolphins have the Mt. Brydges Bulldogs on the ropes.
Nolan Blewett scored twice and Matt Waller made 26 saves as the Dolphins silenced the Bulldogs, 6-0, and now lead the Provincial Junior Hockey League Yeck Division series, three games to none.
"The guys came out flying tonight and played a pretty good game. We slowed down a little bit in the second period. They only had four shots in the first period. We came out strong and finished strong," said Waller. "We did a good job of clearing in front of the net, making sure I could see the puck. All around it was a good game. It was a good team effort."
The Dolphins exploded for three goals in a three minute span mid first period and at the time had more goals than the Bulldogs had shots on net. The scoreboard read 4-0 home team after 20 minutes.
Ryan Poley, Turner Balasin, Brody Smith and Dylan Buckholz, completed the Dolphins' goal scoring. James Newland and Braidon Duncan had two assists each.
"That may have been my first playoff shutout. It's nice. I almost had one in the first game (a 4-1 win)," said Waller, who owns a .945 save percentage in the the playoffs. "All that matters is that we win the game."
With Smith' third period power play goal, the Dolphins have scored at least once with the man advantage in each of the three games.
"Our power play is starting to click now in the playoffs. It was slow throughout the regular season but it's starting to come together and we starting to score more on the power play," Waller said. "We have to win the special teams battle each night."
Smith leads the Dolphins with four goals in the series. Poley and Duncan both have a goal and three assists, while Blewett has three goals.
Game four is Tuesday in Mt. Brydges when the Dolphins have the opportunity to close out the series.
"We'll need the same effort that we put out tonight," said Waller. "Come out strong and play three periods of hockey."
The Dolphins have outscored the Bulldogs 16-5 over the three games.
Defenceman Nate Frisbee has returned.
The Dolphins signed the six-foot one defenceman on Sunday and released defenceman Andrew Bugeya.
Frisbee, 20, played 57 games over two seasons with the Dolphins before being traded to Lambeth in 2018. Bugeya joined the Dolphins this January and dressed for five games, registering one assist and 12 penalty minutes.