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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Dogs back home tonight to host Express

It's the third and final Regular Season meeting between the two clubs tonight as the Bulldogs (7-19-2-2, 5th Island) pay host the Coquitlam Express (13-12-0-2, 3rd Mainland), with the teams splitting the previous two meetings.

The Express won the first tilt 9-4 on day two of the season at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack, while the Dogs answered back with a 6-4 win in Coquitlam on November 1st for their first road win of the season.

The Dogs are coming off a tough loss last night where they were in a 0-0 tie after two periods only to see the Caps throw a six spot on the board in the third to win it in a rout. I didn't think the Bulldogs came out of the gate with the intensity and urgency required for the magnitude of the game and the stakes, and I thought the game featured way too many instances of players trying to do too much individually. In the end I hope the Dogs don't remember last night for the wrong reasons - not only did they lose to the Caps and fall seven back instead of clawing just three behind with two games in hand, but they also gave the Caps exactly what they needed - a slump busting win. It's probably best they get right back at it tonight to forget about it with a great effort against the Express.

The Express have had a busy week, as they were in Surrey on Wednesday where they fell to the Eagles 7-5,  before hosting the Eagles in a wild and crazy affair last night (a 9-6 Express win) before then getting on the boat this morning to get over to the Island.

It's a two-man team in the booth tonight on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM with myself and Bruce MacDonald bringing the action to you, with Dan "the stats man" Tisserand having to miss tonight's game to catch his office Christmas party. As always we will take to the air with our pregame show at 6:45 with the play-by-play following the 7:00pm puck drop.

I think our Island Radio Christmas party is next weekend, and once again I will be forced to miss it for about the 7th year in a row as I will be broadcasting a Bulldogs game! Just a small sacrifice for having this great job! Who wants a night away and dinner and drinks on the boss anyway? I bring it up mostly an excuse to highlight the committment of a guy like Dan, who is doing this as a passion for the most part, not a livelihood, travelling to Dogs games mostly on his own from Nanaimo. We'll miss ya Danno!

Tonight's 1st Intermission guest is Bulldogs Forward Dylan Haugen.  

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is BCHL Commissioner John Grisdale, in conversation with Jeff Patterson from the BCHL This Week program on Team 1410am. Catch the show Saturday mornings on Team 1410 starting at 9:30.

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