It's a big home and home set as the "Battle of the Valleys" heats up with the Bulldogs (4-4-0-0, 4th Island) and Cowichan Valley Capitals (2-9-0-0, 5th Island) meeting for two straight games starting tonight at the Dog Pound.
It's pretty simple - these are two HUGE four point games. A Bulldog sweep, and the Capitals are firmly planted in the basement - for the time being at least. A Capitals sweep, and the teams are instead tied in the standings, although the Dogs have three games in hand.
The most dangerous thing about the Capitals is that it would be easy for the Dogs to take them lightly if they look at their record. However, at this level of hockey if you take an opponent lightly and if you aren't prepared to play - you have lost already.
Consider that the last five Capitals losses have come by a combined six goals (four one-goal losses, and the other with a late empty netter to make it a two-goal spread) and a pretty good case could be made that the Capitals are a much better team than their record would indicate.
Any of the Bulldogs that were a part of last year's disastrous start (1-7-2-0 through 10 games) know full well how hard it is to go through what the Caps have to start the year off, and how hard they fought to dig out of it. Here's hoping they can relay that experience to their teammates so everyone is ready to face a hungry, desperate team.
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Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Jeff Sargeant, play-by-play voice of the Capitals - check out his great blog HERE