Scores in OT lifting Mt. Brydges over Dorchester 5-4 and forcing a fifth game
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
DORCHESTER - Tyler Lovie broke the hearts of the Dorchester Dolphins.
The Mt.Brydges Bulldogs' forward scored 5:15 into overtime lifting his team over the Dolphins, 5-4, in game four of the PJHL Yeck Division series, at the Flight Exec Centre.
The Dolphins were looking to complete a four game sweep on home ice, but instead are returning to Mt. Brydges Friday for game five.
Originally scheduled to be played in Mt. Brydges last night, inclement weather postponed game four, to tonight when game five was set to be at Dorchester.
Dorchester led 2-0 in the opening period and held a 4-3 advantage early third period, but the Bulldogs proved bite remains in their game.
"The boys got a little bit comfortable and thought maybe it was over. Mt Brydges isn't going to die. They're going to keep coming," Dolphins' assistant coach Chris Masse said. "We can't take a shift off. We have to go hard and maybe we're not doing that every shift. When we get up, we get a little lazy and we have to change that."
Dylan Buckholz put the Dolphins up 4-3, scoring on the power play 85 seconds in to the third period.
Ryan Hopkins, the Bulldogs' captain, potted his second of the game and third of the playoffs, four minutes after the Buckholz goal.
Dorchester out shot Mt. Brydges, 49-33, and had opportunities to regain the lead late in the third and win the game in overtime but could not finish.
Braidon Duncan and Buckholz had promising rushes in extra time but failed to finish, before Noah Bruinink found Lovie to end the game.
"When we get up in games we have to not back down. We need to keep going at them. It seems if we're up, we sit back for a bit and we just can't have that happen," said Masse. "We want to see our guys going all cylinders every shift and create lots of pressure. Hit the net. We missed the net a lot (game four)."
Ryan Van Roestel and Nolan Blewett, with his fourth goal of the playoffs, had the Dolphins leading 2-0, by the seven minute mark of the first period.
The Bulldogs replied seven minutes later, with two goals in 1:47, from Jake Watkins and Ryan Hopkins, tying the game. Daniel Stretton gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the series, seven and half minutes into the middle frame.
Brody Smith, with his team leading fifth goal of the playoffs, tied the affair at three.
Dorchester has scored a power play goal in each of the four games, successful 26.67 percent of the time. The Dolphins have surrendered two power play goals in 15 times shorthanded.
The Thamesford Trojans and Exeter Hawks were able to complete four game sweeps of their series. The Trojans surprisingly dusted the North Middlesex Stars, while the Hawks eliminated the Aylmer Spitfires.