It's the second of three meetings between the teams this season, and the first meeting since the teams met on the second day of the season at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack, a 9-4 Express win. The Express enter play tonight on a four game losing streak, last seeing action on Sunday afternoon at home where they lost 4-3 to the Chilliwack Chiefs.
The Bulldogs will be without Craig Martin, as their appeal of his 8 game suspension fell upon deaf ears and has been upheld.
There aren't many appropriate/family friendly words to describe this entire situation, so it's best to not say too much.
The comment I have heard most is that it sets a dangerous standard, but in reality there isn't a standard at all, and that's a problem.
I have heard from too many people to count on this since it happened - Dogs fans, opposing team fans, Broadcasters and Officials...even from the team the hit in question was AGAINST...every single person has been surprised/upset about the suspension and it's length. I guess we are all wrong. Every single person agrees it was an unfortunate and dangerous hit.
One can only imagine how long the suspension would have been if it was intentional, and if it was a hit thrown by a player with a history of doing this kind of thing and not a guy like Craig Martin, who hasn't had a Major penalty in his career.
Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Art Aronson, Play-by-Play voice of the Surrey Eagles, who the Dogs visit tomorrow.
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