The Alberni Valley Bulldogs finish their three-in-three roadie this afternoon with a visit to the brand new Langley Events Centre to face the Chiefs.
The Dogs have gone 2 and 0 so far, which is pretty darn good. But 4 points out of 6 just doesn't have the same ring at six out of six does so I hope they are ready to play a full 60 minutes from because they will certainly need it against Chiefs.
Langley has been sitting and waiting for the Dogs this weekend, last playing on Thursday night to a 5-5 tie with Powell River. Which is why the Dogs have to be going from the beginning. Playing comeback hockey on the end of a road trip against a rested team isn't a recipe for success.
Last night's win vaulted the Dogs to 4th in the Conference. A regulation win tonight would tie them with Langley for third.
Today we'll see what the team is really made of when it comes to guts and finding a way to win. The team has been in this position before, when they went in Vernon to face the defending National Champs to end their first Interior Roadie. The Dogs started that game great and got a lead, but lost it 30 seconds later. After that the Vipers never looked back. And the Vipers were playing all weekend, not resting like Langley. While the Dogs played well and dug deep in that game, they came up on the short end.
Hopefully today they can play a full 60 to come home with six points.
Catch the pregame show on 93.3 The Peak FM at 1:45 with the puck drop at 2:00pm.
I'll take plenty of pictures and videos of the new Langley Event Centre and post them here later.
At precisely 11:04 a.m. on Sunday, November 1st, the Olympic Flame will begin its journey through Port Alberni, on Redford Street at the foot of Galiano and San Mateo Drive. It will make its way along Wood Avenue, up Wallace to Kendall and will be carried into Bob Dailey Stadium at 11:22 a.m. by Community Torchbearer and local Olympian, Travis Cross, who will light the cauldron.
Following its departure from Bob Dailey Stadium, the torchbearers will make their way down Roger Street heading south on 10th Avenue to Argyle Street and along Harbour Road to the Maritime Discovery Lighthouse where it will board First Nations canoes for the short paddle to the Harbour Quay. Following a short run to Kingsway, the torch will be carried aboard a logging truck along 3rd Avenue to the Barclay Hotel by future Olympic wrestling hopeful, Isaiah Taylor. From the Barclay Hotel, the Olympic Flame will then continue its way along Gertrude Street to Johnston Road, Victoria Quay and on to River Road where it will continue its journey west to Tofino, being blessed along the way by both the Hupacasath and Tseshaht First Nations.
Local Olympic Torch Relay Committee Chair, Donna Brett, said “I am excited that the route has now been made public allowing our residents the opportunity to view the torchbearers from many places throughout our community”. She went on to add “It should be noted that intermittent road closures and traffic delays along the route can be expected, however, every attempt will be made to keep any delays as short as possible. Parking will be limited along the entire Torch Relay Route”. Please see attached for further details regarding parking and delays.
Mayor Ken McRae also commented on the route stating “this celebration encompasses everyone in our community and the torch route will allow as many people as possible to be a part of this historic event.”
A spectacular show anticipating the arrival of the Olympic Flame will commence at Bob Dailey Stadium at 10:00 a.m. This will feature many local talented performers, all excited to be a part of this once in a life time event. The afternoon will continue with free family events being offered at the Alberni Valley Multiplex and Echo Pool.
For more information on the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay, visit www.vancouver2010.com/torchrelay or join the Port Alberni Olympic Torch Relay group on Facebook.
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