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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Dogs acquire LaCouvee and Clowes, host Caps tonight

The six-game Home Stand continues for the Bulldogs (1-10-2-1, 5th Island) tonight as they host the Cowichan Valley Capitals (6-7-0-1, 3rd Island) for the second time this season, and the fourth meeting already between the two teams head-to-head.

I'm curious what team we will see tonight. The team that battled hard from the puck drop in every game on their road trip, the team that had points in 4 of 5 games all of a sudden after going pointless and 0 and 7 to start the season? Or the team that we saw at home on Saturday night against the Grizzlies? I know some of the guys are currently under the weather, and losing Kurt Gosselin early didn't help, but the effort from the get go that this team will need to win every night simply wasn't there. They gave the puck away too often, and too easily, and couldn't make a pass, or chose to make one that was much too difficult. They made poor decisions leading to numerous odd-man rushes that ended up in the back of their net.

Maybe it was simply the classic first game back at home after a long road trip. For whatever the reason (yes, I do have several theories) teams playing at Home after a long road stretch have a really tough time of it. And that trend exists all the way up to the NHL. Of course you can't bring your best and be your best every night...but it still has to be the goal if you hope to move forward. It felt like the team had worked so hard to get things headed in the right direction that they slid a bit last weekend. Let's hope it's just a one-off. Having said all the negative stuff above, I was very impressed through the first and second periods of the will the guys showed playing hard through what had to have been a very tough situation in their own barn. Chalk it up to another experience that hopefully saw more than a few things were learned. 

Bulldogs Acquire LaCouvee & Clowes

October 15, 2013


Port Alberni – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs announced that they have acquired 1994-born goalie Connor LaCouvee from the Merritt Centennials for future considerations.

LaCouvee, who is from Qualicum Beach, BC, spent last season with the Cowichan Valley Capitals before ending up in Merritt this season via the Nanaimo Clippers and the Grand Prairie Storm. In four appearances in Merritt this season, LaCouvee has a record of 4-0 with a 2.24 GAA and a .918 save percentage.

In a second move by the club on Tuesday, the team traded the CJHL playing rights of 1993-born defenseman Luke Fenske to the Whitecourt Wolverines (AJHL) for 1995-born defenseman Brodie Clowes and future considerations.

Clowes was originally a 5th round draft pick in 2010 by the Chilliwack Bruins (WHL) and broke into junior hockey with the Olds Grizzlys (AJHL) in 2011/12. He’s a 6’2, 195lbs, right-handed defenseman who plays physically and has a good shot from the point. In nine games with Whitecourt this season, Clowes has one assist and 30 PIMs.

To make room for LaCouvee and Clowes, the Bulldogs have released 1995-born goalie Brad Rebagliati and 1994-born forward Dean Allison. The Bulldogs would like to thank both Brad and Dean for their contributions to the organization and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

For further comment, please contact head coach and general manager Kevin Willison at 250-735-0487 or via email at

If you can't make it to the rink, don't miss a minute of the action with Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM. And hey, if you are going to the rink, bring a pocket radio with you like some fans already do! I will provide the play-by-play, with Bruce MacDonald bringing colour commentary and Dan Tisserand the team and player statistics. The pregame show kicks off at 6:45 with the puck drop and play-by-play at 7:00pm.

Tonight's 1st Intermission guest is Bulldogs Defenceman Rob Click.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Dan Marshall, Play-by-Play voice of the Nanaimo Clippers, who the Dogs host on Friday night. 

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1 comment:

Tom Adkins said...

Hey Hammer, we are vacationing in Phoenix and are listening to a great game on fast hockey. The boys seem hungry and I think they are going to pull off a win tonight.

Tom & Jackie Adkins