BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldog run snapped by Cowichan

Clippers defenceman Jack O’Brien pokes the puck away from Bulldogs forward Brandon Buhr during a game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on April 28, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)Clippers defenceman Jack O’Brien pokes the puck away from Bulldogs forward Brandon Buhr during a game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on April 28, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Clippers defenceman Chase Barlow pursues Bulldogs forward Josh Van Unen during a game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on April 28, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)Clippers defenceman Chase Barlow pursues Bulldogs forward Josh Van Unen during a game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on April 28, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Bulldogs forward Ethan Bono fires a shot that manages to sneak past Clippers goaltender Jordan Naylor during a game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on April 28, 2021. These two teams will face off in the league’s final game of the 2020-21 season on May 11. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)Bulldogs forward Ethan Bono fires a shot that manages to sneak past Clippers goaltender Jordan Naylor during a game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on April 28, 2021. These two teams will face off in the league’s final game of the 2020-21 season on May 11. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

A nine-game point streak came to an end for the Alberni Valley Bulldogs with a 2-1 loss to the Cowichan Valley Capitals on Saturday, May 1.

The Caps opened scoring in the first period, but the Bulldogs tied things up shortly afterwards as defenceman Ryan Nause picked up his first BCHL goal.

There was no scoring in the second, but the Caps took the lead in the third and finished with a 2-1 win. This marks the first time the Bulldogs have lost in regulation since April 11, with a 7-5 loss against the Victoria Grizzlies.

Bulldogs goaltender Bailey Monteith made 32 saves in the loss.

As of Monday, May 3, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs were still holding onto second place in the Port Alberni Pod standings, just four points behind the first place Victoria Grizzlies. The team was scheduled to face the Nanaimo Clippers on Monday night.

Earlier, the Bulldogs fell to the Nanaimo Clippers in overtime to finish a back-and-forth game on Wednesday evening (April 28).This marked the first time in the 2020-21 pod season that the Clippers have beaten the Bulldogs.

Clippers forward Thomas Maia opened scoring late in the first, but Bulldogs forward Ethan Bono tied things up at the end of the first period with a powerplay goal assisted by Adam Jeffery and Chase Klassen.

Klassen, Jeffery and Bono teamed up for another powerplay goal in the second period to take a 2-1 lead, but the Clippers responded with a powerplay marker of their own to tie things up once again.

With no scoring in the third period, the game went to overtime. Maia picked up his second goal of the game to capture the win for the Nanaimo Clippers.

Clippers goaltender Jordan Naylor stopped 33 of 35 shots, while Bulldogs goaltender Luke Pearson made 37 saves.

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