Bulldog goalie Colton Annis and d-man Mac Gourdine direct traffic in the Bantam Super League hockey final Monday.

Bulldog goalie Colton Annis and d-man Mac Gourdine direct traffic in the Bantam Super League hockey final Monday.

Bulldogs show Bantam playoff bite

The Five Star Awards Bulldogs weren’t expected to do much in the Okanagan North Bantam Super League playoffs.

Morning Star Staff

After a fifth-place regular season, the Five Star Awards Bulldogs weren’t expected to do much in the Okanagan North Bantam Super League playoffs.

The Dawgs surprised everybody by going undefeated in the postseason, stopping the second-place Scotiabank Lightning 5-3 in Monday night’s final at Civic Arena.

Mac Gourdine opened the Bulldogs’ offence when he took a pass from Tyler Semeniuk and then released a wrister low on the stick side past Lightning tender Isaac Waldemaras.

Seth Blundell sniped in a shot unassisted early in the second to put the Dawgs up 2-0 before they ran into some penalty trouble (had four players in the box at one point).

Brett Lambert, assisted by Sam Eggert and Landon Currie, and Currie, from Lambert, replied for the Bolts. Blundell put Five Star ahead by beating Rowan Wood over the shoulder, Nicolas Poirier and Tyler Yule drawing assists. The Lightning responded two minutes later with Currie converting from Leland Riguedell and Cam Mackenzie. Riguedell used hustle to break up a number of odd-man rushes.

The Bulldogs kept driving hard to the net and Brennan Seltzer buried the winner off a rebound from Lucas Williams. Bulldogs’ goalie Colton Annis was incredible in going the distance since goalie Rhys Larsen was injured and helped by being the gate guy for the playoffs. Blundell capped the hat trick for insurance.

Earlier, the Dawgs clipped the Interior Savings Flyers 2-1 in a thrilling semifinal Sunday at Priest Valley Arena. Blundell and Gourdine bagged goals for the Bulldogs, while Kaylan Lawrence countered for the Flyers. The Dawgs’ defence of Gaman Nijjar, Tylee Cooper, Ryan Jakes and Tyler Semeniuk worked hard to keep the puck out of their zone.

The Bulldogs iced the Lightning 5-3 Saturday in round-robin play at Nor-Val Sports Centre behind three goals by Blundell and singles from Seltzer and Semeniuk. Working hard on the offensive push were Connor Granger, Jessica Chillihitzia, Williams, Gourdine, Nick Demetrick, Poirier and Tyler Yule.

Coaches Steve Seltzer and Joe Gourdine praised the Dawgs “for their hard work, their intensity level and their never-say-die approach.”1

Added Seltzer: “Proud does not begin to describe how we feel about their effort. I think we surprised a lot of people coming into the playoffs at 7-11 and in fifth place. It just proves that hard work pays off.”

The Five Star crew are in the Valley finals this weekend in Lumby.

Coaches Steve Seltzer and Joe Gourdine praised the Dawgs “for their hard work, their intensity level and their never-say-die approach.”

Added Seltzer: “Proud does not begin to describe how we feel about their effort. I think we surprised a lot of people coming into the playoffs at 7-1and in fifth place. It just proves that hard work pays off.”

The Five Star crew are in the Valley finals this weekend in Lumby.

The Bolts moved to Monday’s final by stopping Salmon Arm Fix Auto 7-4 in Sunday semifinal play. Currie and Lambert each scored twice with singles going to Sam Frisby, Lambert and Cam MacKenzie.

The Corbett Office Supply Spartans took the B side final 3-2 over the Winfield Bruins with Alex Laurila scoring the overtime winner after a great rush where he undressed one d-man and then somehow got the puck past the goalie.

Nick Mann, from Laurila, and Cathou Bauml with her first of the season off a great Mann pass, with three minutes left, had the Spartan regulation goals.

Reece Schroeder and Laurila scored as the Spartans lost 6-2 to the North Okanagan Knights in peliminary play Saturday.