Brody Smith scores twice as Dorchester takes game one of the PJHL Yeck
Division series, 4-1, against the Mt. Brydges Bulldogs
Friday, February 8, 2019
By Rob J. Ross
DORCHESTER - Prior to the playoffs, Dorchester Dolphins' assistant coach Chris Masse stressed the coaching staff wanted the players to start games at puck drop not later on in the night.
In their opening game of the Provincial Junior Hockey League Yeck Division series against the Mt. Brydges Bulldogs, the Dolphins showed they took their coaches' direction to heart.
Brody Smith and Noah Small scored in a first period that saw the Dolphins out shoot Mt. Brydges, 19-10, leading way to a 4-1 victory in one game of the best of seven affair.
"We dominated the play by getting pucks deep and played together. That was the biggest thing," said Ryan Poley, who assisted on second period goals by Smith and Braidon Duncan. "Coach has been talking about doing the little things right and being efficient in our play. We let up a little bit (third period). We can't do that too much in the playoffs. We have to stay consistent with every shift."
The Dolphins out shot the Bulldogs 51-33 over 60 minutes.
Mt. Brydges' Cale Johnstone broke Matt Wallers' shutout bid with six minutes remaining in the third period.
"The boys came out strong, worked hard and we popped one right off the power play," said Smith. "We'll need to keep up our tough playing throughout the series."
Last year Smith helped the Lambeth Lancers win the Yeck Division and advance to the semifinals of the Schmalz Cup. The 20-year old London native had seven goals and 14 assists during Lambeth's post season run.
In a relatively quiet game, the Dolphins went one for two on the power play, while the Bulldogs were held without a goal in three opportunities.
Dolphins' forward Ryan Root sat out the game, continuing to rest an upper body injury. Defencemen Aidan Reid and Andrew Bugeja, sat alongside Root.
Game two is Saturday, 8 p.m. at Mt. Brydges. Game three is back in Dorchester on Sunday at 7 p.m.