Friday, October 18, 2013
Home stand continues as Dogs host Clippers tonight
The six game Home Stand continues tonight for the Bulldogs (1-11-2-1, 5th Island) as they open up Parent's Weekend by hosting the Nanaimo Clippers (5-7-0-0, 4th Island) at the Dog Pound for the second meeting between the teams this season, after a 4-2 Nanaimo win at the Pound on September 13th, the night of the Dogs Home Opener.
It's almost beyond describing what the Dogs have been through so far this season, but Wednesday night summed it up pretty perfectly. A great start, a 2-0 lead, thoroughly outplay the opposition, somehow find a way to lose.
Having said all that, it was very nice to see that kind of effort after a stinker at Home against the Grizzlies Saturday night. The only thing this team can do if they want to get through this is keep on' keepin' on. Sounds pretty easy and simple and shallow for someone on the outside looking in, but one has to believe their fortunes will change if they continue to play as they did on Wednesday. An old Hockey adage goes something along the lines of "the breaks will even out, they always do" Well if they ever start evening out for the Bulldogs, they will go on a heck of a streak as what can go wrong HAS, to the point that it's almost mind blowing some of the stuff that has happened. I feel like I've said this about 10 different ways already and we are just 15 games into the season, but getting down and being negative is no way to move forward to ever get up. I cannot imagine how tough and painful it must be for the guys giving their blood, sweat and tears, with their hockey futures and careers all on the line at the same time to have this happen. What I do know is that getting negative or frustrated, and quitting and throwing in the towel won't solve anything.
If the team wasn't playing like they did on Wednesday, (for those that didn't see or watch the previous four games on the road, save for the game in Penticton - that is how they have been consistently playing for the most part) and if they weren't finding a way to control the play, to start strong and get leads (multiple goals, multiple times) then I would maybe think all is lost and this team can't do it...actually I still probably wouldn't as I'm too stubborn to give up, it's just not in my nature.
As long as they continue to battle and play as hard as they have, I will keep on believing and having faith in the hockey gods!
In celebration of it being Parent's Weekend, the Dogs are making Sunday a "Family" day...neat idea...
93.3 The Peak FM, with the pregame show getting underway at 6:45 with the puck dropping just after 7:00pm.
I will provide the play-by-play, with Bruce MacDonald bringing colour commentary and Dan Tisserand the team and player statistics.
Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Graham Turnbull, voice of the Vernon Vipers, who are in town Sunday afternoon as Craig Martin and Jared Wilson see their old teams for the first time.
If you aren't in listening range of 93.3 The Peak FM you can listen/watch the game by:
Listening Live on your computer: www.933thepeak.com
Listening Live on your SmartPhone : www.tunein.com/mobile/
Watching Live on your computer/SmartPhone www.fasthockey.com