Last year, the Coventry game was the closest of the season. The team came close to doing what no other team could, as they almost beat the mighty Bulldogs.
This game turned out to be a different proposition. Bradford came out strong in the first period, dominating the possession throughout and although we conceded penalty minutes, Bradford remained l the stronger team, even scoring short handed goals.
Coventry never really threatened to score in this period with the Bradford defensive line holding strong on the occasional breakout.
No 21 Alex Graham, with his clinical finishing and shots from impossible angles, left Coventry trailing at the end of the first period 8-0.
The second period started in much the same way as the first, ending with Bradford dominating possession and shots on goal and some good team work. The passing game looked good for Bradford, whilst Coventry must have felt like they were chasing ghosts, on occasions looking frustrated. At one point Bradford had players lining up to take shots with No 11 defence player, Alex Lutwyche, hitting his big blue line slap shots (hit and hopes) looking for his first goal of the season.
The period ended 16-0.
Achieving such a high score, however, seemed to be the undoing of Bradford for the final period, with players going for glory and playing more as individuals with the resulting passing rate significantly dropping. This allowed Coventry back into the game with 2 goals in the period and only 3 from Bradford. But in truth even with 3 on 5 for part of this period, Bradford still looked like the stronger team. The goals from Coventry had more to do with the Bradford defence pushing forward and being caught out of position.
Coventry put up a good effort but quite simply couldn’t deal with the sniper like accuracy of Alex Graham and the stronger Bradford team, both offensively and the excellent defence.
Final Score 19:2
On Sunday, the Bradford Bulldogs under 15’s travelled to Coventry with a longer bench of four lines, some of which were new additions to the team. What some would’ve thought to be a confident victory for the Bulldogs, soon became tough; Coventry gained an early first goal within the first five minutes of the first period. Jacob Lutwyche’s timely punctuality wasn’t just limited to arriving on time, but to taking actions at the right times, as he quickly led the Bulldogs to take back control and brought the game to 3-1 taking the upper hand. This forced pressure onto Coventry, who continues to show determination and scored seconds later. Bradford then speeded up the game and the puck was fired, bringing the first period score to 4-2.
With neither teams scoring, the second period was an even affair with some great defence and saves from both teams. Although, Coventry showed some penalty trouble during this period.
The final period saw Bradford take three more quick firing shots, securing the lead and made the score 7-2 to the Bulldogs. A goal from Coventry soon followed, but Bradford continued to take the lead, closing the game 10-3. This was a well deserved victory, allowing the Bulldogs to bring the points home. Most valuable player award went to Jacob Lutwyche, which was well deserved.
Fast paced game driven by high tempo rushes, good defensive play and mid
ice turnovers generating lots of opportunities for both teams. Bradford
broke open scoring early in the first period with 2 quick goals and two
back to back goals in the second on two man breakaways. Third period action
was fierce as both sides could not beat the goalies until the last 4 mins
of play when Bradford scored back to back goals. A great game where both
teams fought hard for every second of ice time and shot on net. Best
display of team play to date with 4 of the goals the result of smart
passing in front of the net that left the net minder little chance to stop
the relentless Bulldog attack. MVP Daniel Justovics.
Congratulations to the the Bulldogs yet again on netting the Young Club/Team Award in this year’s Bradford Sports Awards hosted by the Telegraph and Argus.
‘Everyone works so hard at the Club, so to get an award and some recognition is fantastic!’ said head coach Andy Brown!