The Bulldogs Got Burned by the Coventry Blaze!
The Bulldogs were back in action on Saturday against the Coventry Blaze.
In the first period Coventry came out firing on all cylinders and were constantly putting the Bradford defence under pressure, however the boys dug deep and with some stout defending and an excellent period from Brad Cartwright in the Bradford net, the period ended goalless.
The second period continued as the first ,with both teams passing the puck. The Bulldogs picked the pace up and went close on a number of occasions. The game was none stop and end to end but Ryan Kemp opened the scoring as the Bulldogs took the lead in the 20th minute. The bulldogs came close again with Kieran Brown hitting the post with a long range effort. Coventry had their chance to equalise but were denied with the period ending with the Bulldogs leading 1-0.
The third period started with the Bulldogs coming out of the blocks hard and fast and dominating the puck but they just couldn’t find that much needed second goal. The Blaze were turning up the heat late in the period but the Bulldogs were always looking dangerous on the break. The last 10 minutes was closely fought and the Blaze managed to dig deep and through team work and hard graft they found that equaliser in 38th minute, both teams were fighting for every puck and both net minders were kept busy. The game looked like it was heading for a draw but Kolosnicins for Coventry had other ideas and sneaked his second of the game in the 44th minute. Bradford went after the equaliser and pulled the net minder but Mathew Maurice broke the Bulldogs hearts and stole a third in the dying seconds of the game.
An exciting Game of Hockey played between two teams playing hard but fair and wanting to pass the puck. Well done to Bradford and Coventry for putting on a fabulous show.
Bradford’s Man of the Match – Cameron Kushnirenko
Bradford Bulldogs U10 team had a successful trip to Widnes on 24/11 as
guests of Manchester Phoenix. They won their first match against
Manchester 9-2 but the game was much closer than the final score suggested
with both teams playing some good hockey. In the second match they faced
Blackburn who tried hard but had no answer to Bradford and were dispatched
by the Bulldogs 9-0. The final match against Deeside was much closer but
Bradford finally came out winners by 4-0 mainly due to their better
discipline under pressure in what was a hard fought and at times physical
game. All in all we had a very successful afternoon with two clean sheets
against three good teams.
With a victory over Hull the week before the U14’s travelled away to Coventry; the plan was to build on the success of the previous solid performance!
Despite positive encouragement from the Coaches Brown and Charles with a short bench compared to Coventry 11 v 17 players the Bulldogs appeared erratic in this period and were lucky to keep control of the extended 20 minute period with the first goal going to Brown who scored another breakaway goal. Both teams picked up penalties with Ratcliffe receiving a penalty for interference but managed to redeem himself with yet another high flying sourer pass which found Brown’s Warrior stick for his second goal. As the buzzer sounded for the end of the first period the Bulldogs looked glad of the break as Coventry fought hard to try and get back into the game. The period score was 2: 0 in favour of the Bulldogs.
The second period commenced and as was the case in the first period the Bulldogs failed to pass the puck effectively and make use of the big ice in this Coventry Arena. The puck was frequently turned over by lethargic attempts to pass the puck by a more determined opposition who in this period pulled a goal back. This was a game which could have gone either way and which very few of the Bulldogs managed to repeat last week’s personnel performance with the exception to Griffin who put in a solid performance in defence and Walker who was kept busy by an ever determined trio of Coventry forwards. Coventry attacked with force where the Bulldogs simply failed to apply the same degree of pressure and who for most of the game played three D men with single or dual attacks which were quickly shut down in this second and final period of 20minutes.
The Bulldogs were lucky to take this game 2:1 and will need to use the ice far more effectively in their next game against second place Nottingham on the 7th of December 2013. Home face Off @ 18:00hrs.
Man of the Match award went to the Bulldogs net minder Harrison Walker.
On the 17th November the Bulldogs travelled South to Solihull for a 6pm face off with two players down from the penalties of the previous game. The game started fast and furious, and Solihull were 1:0 up after only 23 seconds with a goal from Jack Mckay, this was swiftly followed by a second goal from Solihulls Adam Hands at 3:30, and a third from John Poulter at 6:51. The Bulldogs were 3:0 down, oh dear… At 11:56 the Bulldogs were on a power play and Ryan Kemp scored the Bulldogs opening goal at 11:56 assisted by Adam Barnes and Josh Richardson. Finally we were on the board, but no time to relax. At 17:12 Adam Barnes scored an even handed goal assisted by Lewis Baldwin, we were catching up. Just before the end of the 1st period Solihull took the score to 4:2, with another goal from Adam Hands at 19:27. The second period was just as tough, end to end hockey but at 29:42, on the power play Ryan Kemp scored, again assisted by Lewis Baldwin. Solihull changed their net minder at this point and neither team scored for the remainder of the period. Four minutes into the third period saw a hat trick goal from Ryan, assisted by James Royds and Hannah Gibson, and a further unassisted goal from Ryan at 53:57, taking the score equal 5:5!! Less than a minute later Lewis Baldwin scored again assisted by Ryan, and at 54:53 Adam scored the 7th assisted by James and Ryan. What an exciting game, winning 7 : 5 when we were 3:0 down was absolutely fantastic, I grinned all the way home, I’ve been a hockey manager for a few years, but coming away from Solihull with a win is always an achievement, amazingly well done players, and to Lewis Baldwinon his MVP. This win took us to second in the league, another reason to smile. Shots on goal were 26 on Bradford, and 34 on Solihull.
With Bradford U12’s and U16’s teams having already taken two points off Manchester and Hull the day before, the U14’s were under pressure to perform against a team who had won all previous games prior to losing by one goal to top of the league Sheffield.
The warm up commenced with Bradford icing 11 players against the home team’s 17. The Bradford coaches appeared more vocal with instructions and guidance for drills which increased the intensity of work rate right from the start of this fixture.
The first period was frantic with the home side dominating the play but at 9:12 Brown managed a breakaway assisted by Heywood and Bradford took the lead. A few minutes later, Griffin cleared the puck in the Bradford zone and Lutwyche with the second assist gave Brown his second goal at 11:49. Bradford’s work rate was exceptional in this period driven by the Brown brothers and Andy Charles bench coaches. Despite a physical combat both teams played the game with respect for their opponents and the first period concluded with no penalty minutes and with the home team out shooting Bradford 10 v 7.
The score at the end of the first period was 2-0 in favour of the Bradford Bulldogs.
As the second period commenced Hull raised the game and there were some excellent displays of skill and ability from Ulrick, Strangeway and strength from Robinson and Sewell both of whom played a robust physical game. At 15:45 Hull’s new signing from Grimsby Blissett picked up a two minute penalty for tripping but Bradford could not capitalize on the opportunity. A second power play resulted as Barwell received a further two minute penalty for elbows at 17:56. Once again the Bulldogs looked like they were going to score with Ratcliffe, Lutwyche and Brown rotating the puck and firing shots around Hull’s net. With Hull back to full strength at 22:02 Ulrick scored a well deserved single handed goal. Bradford kept their composure and at 24:23 Brown assisted Lutwyche for goal number three. Against the run of play in the 29:53 minute Haywood feed the puck to Brown who made his signature breakaway down his favoured left and managed to thread the puck through the eye of a needle with a top left shot which received loud applause from both sets of supporters. The period ended with shoot’s on goal in favour of the Bulldogs 7 to 6 but this was by no means a fair reflection on Hull’s possession and shooting frequency or indeed the work rate of Walker, the Bulldogs netminder.
The score at the end of the second period was 4: 1 in favour of the Bulldogs.
The Hull bench retreated to the far corner of the rink which enabled the Bulldogs coaches to build on the confidence of the first two periods as well as giving players more time to rest. Despite a gruelling weekend where a number of players had already played two games, the Bulldogs returned to the ice in a confident mode knowing Hull would give no quarter in the third and final period. Following the face off the battle recommenced in front of the Bulldogs net where the forwards were forced to defend and back up the Bulldogs net minder who at times looked unstoppable. With all of the Bulldogs defending, Sewell persisted in front of the Bradford net and seized the opportunity of a loose puck, flicking it into an open Bradford net less than two minutes into the second period at 31:44. In the 33.26 minute Hull’s Milner picked up a two minute tripping penalty but once again the Bulldogs failed to take advantage of a third power play with some excellent defending and show of strength from the Hull players. With both teams back to full strength the Bulldogs displayed some excellent positional play which exposed Hull for the first time in this period allowing Brown to score his fourth goal of the game at 38:35. Hull never gave up despite being three goals behind and in the 39.08 minute Strangeway roofed the net with assists from Sewell and Robinson. Within two minutes Strangeway clocked up his second goal assisted by Robinson at 41:06. The Bulldogs had to raise the tempo, and some exceptional positional play saw Taylor receiving a hooking penalty in the 44:42 minute. As the power play started counting down the Bulldogs commenced a break out which lead to an off load by Ratcliffe to Brown in central ice and who subsequently found Lutwyche in front of an empty net giving the Bulldogs their sixth and final goal of the game at 44:48.
As the clock counted down and the buzzer sounded the Bulldogs U14’s skated over to congratulate Walker who had performed well but this was very much a team performance and the first game where the whole team had triumphed against a very well drilled and able opponents who are capable of competing for the championship this season.
The final score was 6: 4 in favour of the Bulldogs.
Man of the match award went to Bulldogs net minder Harrison Walker who after the game acknowledged the team’s performance: –
“After the Billingham game we all needed to focus on a win. Sometimes it’s hard playing U12’s and winning and then within minutes you’re back in the same net but the speed of play and puck is so much quicker. No excuses though as on Saturday I had little to do in Manchester which enabled me to focus on today’s game which was quite the opposite and as far as I am concerned we all played well today and the team deserved the award”.
Junior Bulldogs Results this weekend were;
Saturday 16th November 2013
U12’s (Div 1) away to Manchester 15:2. Win
U16’s (Div 1) home to Hull 6:5. Win
Sunday 17th November 2013
U14’s (Div 1) away to Hull 6:4. Win
U18’s (Div 2) away to Solihull 7:5 Win
The Bulldogs welcomed back an ex player to the arena on Saturday, Corey Stones made his first appearance back at Bradford since his move to the Stingrays
The first period saw a really strong period from Bradford and the performance from the bulldogs did not reflect the score with Bradford out shooting the Stingrays 20 to 9 in that first period but an outstanding performance from the Stingrays net-minder Dean Bowater kept Bradford’s goals down to one, Adam Flinlinson opened the scoring for the Stingrays and Corey Stones marked his return with an outstanding back handed goal, Bradford’s Kieran Brown got one back for the Bulldogs and the period ended with the Stingrays leading 2-1
The second period continued as the first with both teams passing the puck. The Stingrays played a physical game in this period but the Bulldogs constantly managed to turn the puck over by closing players down and working hard, both defences and net minders were working extremely hard with Dean Bowater making more outstanding saves. The stingrays were getting more shots away but the bulldogs worked hard and Josh Richardson levelled the match in the 20th Minute but eight minutes late Maris Sadinovs goal put the Stingrays back in front. Bradford grafted out the period finishing even one goal apiece in the period but 3- 2 down in the game.
An inspirational team talk from Andy and Glenn and the third period started with the Bulldogs coming out of the blocks hard and fast and dominating the puck. Lewis Baldwin started the comeback early in the period with a bullet from mid ice, Ryan Kemp netted in the 33rd minute and it was all square. Frustration was creeping in to the Stingrays game and they became more physical. The Stingrays picked up penalties in this period with a two plus ten for checking from behind and two more 2 minutes for roughing and cross checking. The Stingrays were turning up the heat but the bulldogs were always looked dangerous on the break. The last four minutes was closely fought but the Bulldogs managed to dig deep and through team work and hard graft they kept the Stingrays at bay. An Exciting Game of Hockey but the Bulldogs put the bite on the Ray’s with the final period ending and the best team on the day took the points with a 6-5 victory.
Period one two three
Shots on Goal
Bradford 20 9 21
Hull 9 22 6
Period Score 1-2 1-1 4-2
Bradford’s Man of the Match – Ryan Kemp