Bulldogs bringing down Devils
November, 27th 2015 | A Story by cdmediateam | Photo: GEPA Pictures.
The Dornbirn Bulldogs continues winning in the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. Thanks to a 5:2-victory against Fehervar AV19 in round 25, the Bulldogs — somewhat surprisingly — are still in the league’s top bracket. They extended their home winning streak and scored points for the ninth consecutive time.
The match in the Dornbirner Messestadion Friday night was a key game concerning the direct play off qualification. Both teams went into the match, intending to go on climbing up the ladder of success. The visiting team made a good start, when captain Andras Benk (3./pp1) deflected a shot by topscorer Brendan Connolly and took care of the first goal of the encounter. The game was fast-paced and varied from the start. After falling behind early the Bulldogs quickly took charge. Still, the self-confident Magyars remained dangerous. Martin Grabher Meier took advantage of a commotion in front of the guests’ goal and served Chris D’Alvise (12.), who scored the tie. It was D’Alvise’s tenth goal this season.
Bulldogs still within the league’s top teams
Subsequently the DEC was on a powerplay for a whopping four minutes, but didn’t manage to turn that to account. The score remained 1:1, until Dustin Sylvester (25.) plucked up the courage to set up a counter-attack and shoot the puck in the left corner. Still in the second period the home team added another goal. Assisted beautifully by Niki Petrik and Marek Zagrapan, James Livingston (34.) made for the 3:1. The team of Rob Pallin, who had been on duty the night before already, was playing with three lines only, whereas DEC head coach Dave MacQueen was using four lines, who over time were dominating the match more and more. Martin Grabher Meier (40.) and Matt Siddall (49.) extended the lead. The guests from Hungary succeeded one more time as well — Gergo Nagy scored in minute 41 -, but the Bulldogs brought the game home safely and defeated Fehervar 5:2.