It's the second and final Regular Season meeting between these two teams, and the second in a matter of a a couple weeks as the Bulldogs (20-16-2-3, 4th Island) host the West Kelowna Warriors (22-17-0-5, 4th Mainland) tonight at the Dog Pound.
These teams last met on January 11th in West Kelowna, a 4-2 Dogs win at the end of a three-in-three road trip. You can bet that the Warriors weren't happy with their game in that one, and they'll be out to make a statement to the Dogs tonight so the home side had best be ready for a tough challenge.
It's the start of a three game Island/Mainland trip for the Warriors, as they are in Powell River tomorrow night and Surrey on Sunday afternoon. The Warriors have already seen action this week, as they hosted Penticton on Tuesday night where they fell 8-4 to the Vees
The Bulldogs last saw action on Wednesday night, where they battled back from two goals down on two different instances to top the Grizzlies 4-3.93.3 The Peak FM's Van Isle Ford Bulldogs hockey takes the air/internet waves at 6:45 with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 7:00 with myself, Bruce MacDonald and Dan Tisserand bringing you all the action analysis and statistics.
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 Ian Douglas, voice of the Salmon Arm Silverbacks, who the Dogs host tomorrow night for the first meeting between the teams this season.
Big changes are in place for the 32nd Annual Alberni Armada Invitational Wrestling Tournament coming up January 23 – 24th. In an effort to connect more closely with their roots at the high school the Invitational has moved to ADSS. In doing so they have had to downsize somewhat from the years of over 600 competitors but this year’s event still expects over 400 to attend.
The Alberni Invitational is widely considered the most prestigious high school wrestling tournament in B.C. and has received recognition across Canada. The tournament started in 1980 and has run every year except the four years the local wrestling group hosted the BC High School Championships. That means 37 straight years that this dedicated group of volunteers have run a major wrestling tournament in the Alberni Valley. The event was held at the old ADSS from 1982 to 1994 before moving to Glenwood in 1995 and then the Multiplex in 2003 as it got so large.
“We are extremely proud of the history and traditions our wrestling program has established over the past 37 years. No other wrestling program in BC can boast that they have run 37 major tournaments and many would be happy to have done it once. This is our 32nd Invitational to go along with 4 Provincials and it only happens because of the amazing volunteer spirit in our community”, commented Tournament Director Tom McEvay.
McEvay continued, “Since this is another milestone year for us we are calling on all alumni to come back and celebrate with us. Come and take in the action, support our current wrestlers, join us for some socializing and visit the incredible new Alberni District Secondary School. We are very excited to showcase our local wrestlers at ADSS as this is their program.”
Action at the 32nd Invitational begins on Friday January 23rd with morning weigh-ins for boys and girls in the Cadet and Juvenile divisions at 9 am at ADSS. There will be some exhibition matches taking place from 10 am – noon to showcase ADSS wrestlers in front of the ADSS student body. Tournament action gets underway at 12:30 pm and runs to at least 8:30 pm that evening all at ADSS.
The Alberni Invitational tournament action will start again Saturday January 24th at 8:30 am with the exciting semi-finals in each weight division. Preliminaries continue until at about 11 am when placing matches begin. Finals are scheduled for 1-5 pm that Saturday and admission is free but space will be limited.
Not only do local fans have an opportunity for some great competition at the Invitational, you also will once again see very competitive Alberni wrestlers. The ADSS Boys team is currently ranked in the top 5 in the province and will do well at the BC’s.. They will likely battle it out with over 60 other schools for the team title in the Juvenile and Cadet divisions. These teams could include Guildford Park of Surrey, Carson Graham. Abby Traditional, WJ Mouat, St Thomas Moore and Island powers Cowichan, Esquimalt and Campbell River.
In the Juvenile Girls division ADSS is ranked in the top 10 in BC with Carson Graham of North Vancouver, St Thomas Moore and Ucluelet all top contenders. In the Schoolboy/girl division Alberni will have strong teams from Neill and Dunn Middle Schools and both schools should be in the top 10.
The AV Times will feature pictures and write ups next week on all the top local wrestlers to watch at the 32nd Invitational. It will be an exciting few days of wrestling action in the place many observers call “The Wrestling Capital of BC – Port Alberni! “
For more information contact Tournament Director
TOM McEVAY--- Phone home:724-0577 email email@example.com