They say that the fourth one is always the hardest to win, and if that's the case it will be quite the battle tonight because the win in Game 4 was anything but easy for the Bulldogs as the Grizzlies pushed hard and played desperation hockey to try and even the series. As is the case so often, special teams and goaltending along with capitalizing on chances were big differences.
On the run last year to the Conference Championship the Bulldogs fought off elimination five - yes FIVE times. Three times against the Clippers, and twice against the Grizzlies so they should know full well how hard it is to put a team away. The Grizzlies won't want their season - and with it some of their careers, to end tonight. The Bulldogs need to find the same desire to not have to head back home for another game. Never let a team up off the mat when you have them down.
A very strong reminder to never take a shift off and always be ready to go can be found in how this series has been swung by some defining moments. The 2 Bulldog goals in a 1:10 span in Game 2 with the Dogs down 2-1, to all of a sudden lead en route to a 6-3 win. The 2 goals in 30 seconds in Game 3 where the game went from 0-0 to a 2-0 Bulldog lead. And of course the 29 seconds that saw Game 4 go from 2-0 Dogs to 2-1 and then right back to 3-1 again. Defining moments - so far.
Here's hoping the momentum the Bulldogs have built will be further boosted by a fan bus and a large amount of supporters making their way down to the game tonight.
Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM
It all kicks off with our pregame show from 100.3 The Q Centre in Victoria at 7:00 with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 7:15 with Dan Tisserand compiling Team and Player statistics, Bruce MacDonald providing the Colour and Analysis while I will bring the Play-by-Play
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
former Bulldog Eliot Raibl, who just concluded his collegiate career with the RIT Tigers