The sun had gone down and the wind had picked up on an unseasonably chilly April evening in Chelsea. The Belleville Tigers were in town to take on the Bulldogs and the Tigers wasted no time getting off to a good start with goals by Jacob Flood and Alec Emerson to give them an early 2-0 lead. But then Alec Daman made a great kick on the ball which Sean Cox picked up and passed it to Ryan Hein who quickly jammed it home to cut the lead in half. Only minutes later it was the freshman Cam Breining tying it up.
In the second quarter, Chelsea came out fast and started piling up the goals but right before the half the Tigers scored a couple quick goals to go into the half down 5-4. After a brief intermission, it was Ethan French getting the ball to Cam Breining who quickly extended the Bulldog lead. The Bulldogs and Tigers swapped goals and as the Bulldogs entered the 4th with a 2 goal lead, things got a bit interesting. Chelsea netminder Josh Ciaccio was off for 2 minutes on an unreleasable penalty and Belleville quickly took advantage of the situation. They broke through the Chelsea defense and scored 4 quick goals to take a 9-7 lead.
But the Bulldogs didn’t roll over as Senior Ryan Hein attacked the Tigers net and scored a beautiful goal with a hard shot. With 5 minutes left Cox again made a great pass to Breining who scored the tying goal. Then things got very physical as both teams were fighting on the field for possession of the ball to get that precious lead. And the toughness paid off as Senior Ethan French scored the go-ahead goal with little time left retaining the lead once again for the Bulldogs. With time running out the Tigers turned up the heat and started to pressure the Bulldogs goal but goalkeeper Ciaccio made save after great save to keep the Bulldogs on top. With 38.8 seconds left it was Hein scoring off a pass from Daman to help secure the Bulldogs lead and help them to a big 11-9 victory.
Hein had a huge night with 5 goals and 2 assist while Breining had 4 goals for the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs play host Friday evening to Temperance Bedford