It's the eight and final meeting of the Regular Season between these teams as the "Battle of the Valleys" goes again tonight as the Bulldogs (24-20-2-3, 4th Island) visit the Capitals (19-28-2-2, 5th Island) at the Big Stick at the Island Savings Centre in Duncan.
It goes without saying that this is a giant four point Divisional contest, with the Caps on the outside of the Playoff picture and looking in up at the Bulldogs. Plain and simple, the Bulldogs have to raise their level of desperation to match the Capitals as I'm betting they are looking at this one like a Game 7 win or go home game. It pretty much is - a Bulldog regulation win and the Caps can't catch them in the standings.
The Bulldogs lead the season series with a 4-2-0-1 record head-to-head against the Capitals, but the Capitals have won two of the last three by scores of 5-4 and 3-1 at the Dog Pound. The last time the teams met in Duncan saw the Dogs dig out of a 2-0 hole late in the third period to tie it up, with the game ending in a 2-2 draw. The Big Stick is always a tough place to play, but the Dogs have had success visiting it this year, going unbeaten with a 2-0-1-0 record. All of the above of course means nothing once the puck drops tonight.
The Capitals were last in action Saturday night at home where they snapped a two game losing streak with a 5-3 win over the Vernon Vipers. The Bulldogs were at home on Sunday afternoon where they won their second in a row, 3-0 over the league leading Penticton Vees.
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Bulldog Frank Slubowski, currently playing in his Senior year at the NCAA's University of Western Michigan Broncos. Frank played parts of three seasons with the Bulldogs, and was part of the magical 2009-10 season when he was nominated for the BCHL's Coastal Conference Most Valuable Player Award and the BCHL's Rookie of the Year Award. He was named the Bulldogs team MVP of 2010-2011.