The Burford Bulldogs travelled to the Woodstock District Complex on Friday night as the Provincial Junior Hockey League entered its second full weekend of action.
The first period started with the “ping” of the crossbar as Isaiah Ilao fired an early warning shot at the hometown club, fortunately for Graeme Noye in the Woodstock goal, the puck fizzled away from the net. Caden Bower would break the scoreless tie at 8:52 of the first frame and that’s the way the period would end, 1-0 for the home side.
In the second stanza, at 4:17, Bower would find his second of the game. At 18:40, Drew Mullett would add a goal to see the experienced Navy Vets into the third and final period up 3-0.
In the final frame, the home club netted three goals at 6:50 (Mack Easter), 12:49 (Christian Pelley), and 17:38 (Kyle Baker) to seal the two points for the Navy Vets.
Shendon Smith stopped 52 of 58 shots fired his way for the Bulldogs.
On Saturday night, the Bulldogs welcomed the New Hamburg Firebirds to the Burford Community Centre and Arena.
The 107 fans at the BCC were treated to a competitive first period as goals from Derick Da Silva (6:48) and Thomas Morgan (12:17) pushed the Bulldogs to a 2-1 lead. Ryan Squires and Ethan Dezell assisted on the Morgan goal. Josh Vale (8:10) tallied for the Firebirds.
The lone goal of the second stanza came through Chase Machin (2:50) who jumped on an opportunity to fire the Bulldogs out to a 3-1 lead heading into the third period.
In the final stanza, the Firebirds caught fire and netted three goals through Matt Domm (4:53) and Alexandr Potop (6:20, 12:23) added a pair. Josh Vale grabbed his second of the contest via the empty net at 19:02 to push the Firebirds to a 5-3 victory.
Bulldogs goaltender, Caleb Ursu, stopped 31 of 35 shots.
Up next for the Bulldogs, the team will travel to Tavistock (7:30PM) on Friday night before hitting the road again on Saturday night in Wellesley (7:45PM).
In community news, the Dogs were a part of the Burford Fair festivities on day one of the annual fall event. Ethan Bradley, Chase Machin, Carson Cadwell, Ethan Dezell, and Jack Dean-Groves were the Dogs on patrol throughout the day. During the second day of festivities, it was Evan Saunders, Zachary Bird, Thomas Morgan, Connor MacPhee, Derick Da Silva, and Ryan Squires stepping up to lend some helping paws to the Burford Agricultural Society to close out the 2021 edition of the Burford Fair.
Post Photo Credit: Ally Penders (Brant Beacon)