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Friday, October 24, 2014

Bulldogs visit Chiefs tonight in Chilliwack

It's on the bus, on the boat, and over to the Lower Mainland today for the Bulldogs (7-5-0-0, 2nd Island) as they visit the Chiefs (10-1-0-1, 1st Mainland) in Chilliwack for the first meeting between the teams this season.

The Bulldogs picked up a last minute 3-2 win last night at home over the Capitals, while the Chiefs were also in action on home ice where they won their fourth in a row, 5-4 over the Powell River Kings in overtime. 

It's a reality of the new BCHL schedule and the later start to the season, as I can't remember in my 12 years here the Dogs ever starting the weekend at home on a Friday and playing anywhere on the Mainland the next day. The travel isn't a big deal, but it's certainly a factor. This is why body maintenance, stretching, diet, sleep etc are all so important and why these guys have to be so committed.

While it's the first time these teams have seen each other, it's of course not the Dogs first trip into this rink as they return to the scene of the season opening Bauer BCHL Showcase. While in the grand scheme of things it wasn't that long ago - just over a month. Yet when it comes to hockey time that's a significant spell as some players will no doubt reflect on their first game of their career or their season here on September 20th and possibly think of where they are at now.

 As you can see from the above picture, it's one of the best vantage points in the entire league to call a game from. I just love the view from up top and how you can see the game unfold. Like I did before the Showcase, take a look below at the picture from the bench/ice level for the difference in perspective.

The Chiefs have had some great crowds as of late - 2283, 1966, 2459 fans over their last three home games. While that's still about half-full for a building that can hold 5000, it's sure to be a great atmosphere and for some guys on the Bulldogs it will be the biggest crowd they have ever played in front of so it should be a lot of fun.

I'll have the call for you on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM with the pregame show on the air at 6:45 with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 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 Jake Elliott, voice of the Langley Rivermen, who the Dogs visit tomorrow afternoon to conclude their weekend.


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