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Friday, October 10, 2014

Bulldogs host Smoke Eaters tonight at the Pound, Tryg Strand interview

It's the first time this season that fans can come to the rink on back-to-back nights to follow their team as the Bulldogs (3-4-0-0, 3rd Island) host the Trail Smoke Eaters (4-2-0-0, 5th Interior) tonight at the Dog Pound. It's the second game of a three game home stand that concludes next Friday when the Dogs host Cowichan to kick off a home and home set with the Capitals.

The Bulldogs topped the defending Fred Page Cup Champion 3-2 last night at the Dog Pound, while the Smoke Eaters won their second in a row and did the Dogs a favour in the process by beating the Kings 5-2 last night in Powell River. It's actually the second game in a row that the Smokies have helped the Dogs as last Friday they beat the Capitals 6-2 in Trail.

This game is unique for the fact that the Smoke Eaters have five - yes FIVE former Bulldogs on their roster as a result of a series of moves over the last couple of years. Former Dogs on the Smokies include goalie Adam Todd - who left the Bulldogs to join the WHL's Saskatoon Blades before finding his way to Trail and also Harlan Orr - who went to Alberta in the off-season as future considerations from last year's Mitch Owsley acquisition. Craig Martin is also back with the Smokies - he was part of the future considerations deal that brought Jake Kauppila to the Dog Pound last season. Also returning to their former home is former Bulldog Affiliate Player in 12-13 Stephen Ryan, and last but not least Kienan Scott, who was with the Bulldogs for five games to start the year last year out of training camp before he was released. I hope I have all that straight! One thing I am certain on is that all the above named players will be pretty excited for this one tonight so I'm hoping the Dogs are too.

I'll provide the play-by-play while Al McCulloch provides the colour and analyis on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM  with the pregame show hitting the airwaves at 6:45 and the puck hitting the ice just after 7:00pm. 

If you aren't in radio listening range of 93.3 The Peak FM you can listen/watch the game by:

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Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Captain Tryg Strand in an interview with host Jeff Patterson from the BCHL this Week show on TSN 1040am in Vancouver. You can catch the show this morning, and every Saturday morning at 9:30 on TSN1040.

Here's a gorgeous goal Tryg scored a couple years ago with some magic against the Smoke Eaters!

Don't forget about the Atom and Peewee Thanksgiving tournaments continuing today on both ice sheets. The Atom Bulldogs opened up their tournament last night with a 9-1 win over Nanaimo and play at 1:15 today and 12:45 tomorrow with the gold medal game on Monday at 1pm. The Peewees meanwhile have two games today at 11:30 and 5:30 and one on Sunday morning at 9:15. The gold medal game for the Peewees goes 3pm on Monday.


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