(image: Go Alberni)
Another night, and another must-win game for the Bulldogs as they host the Clippers tonight at the Dog Pound for Game 6 of this best of seven Island Division Semi Final series after staving off elimination for the second straight game with a 2-1 win last night in Nanaimo.
A solid effort last night by the Dogs to get it back to the Dog Pound tonight, but last night is just that, LAST night. While the Dogs should no doubt be feeling confident and good about themselves with their recent efforts, they need to remember that it's been nothing short of fantastic desperate efforts that have them in this position. Here's hoping they will still be motivated by the fact that they still face elimination, because you can bet that the Clippers will be wanting to end this tonight and not have to head home for a Game 7 tomorrow. It's not going to be any easier because it's on home ice.
It sure was nice to see the Dogs open the scoring for the first time in the series. While it didn't last long, it was a big key to winning. Another key possibly tonight is finding a way to win the special teams battle. The Dogs have yet to do that in the series, yet they have found a way to win a couple games.
Ticket sales commence today at 7am, with season ticket holders having until 12 noon to secure their seats. After that they go on sale to the public. Fans are encourage to wear black tonight in support of a "Blackout"
Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM. The pregame show kicks things off at 6:45, with the puck drop to follow at 7:00pm. I'll call the play-by-play with Bruce MacDonald providing colour and analysis and Dan Tisserand tabulating team and player statistics.
If you aren't in radio listening range of 93.3 The Peak FM you can listen/watch the game by:
Listening Live on your computer: www.933thepeak.com
Listening Live on your SmartPhone : www.tunein.com/mobile/
Watching Live on your computer/SmartPhone www.fasthockey.com
Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Teal Burns, who's off to the CIS National Championship this weekend in his second season with the Guelph Gryphons.
The Gryphons are on a pretty fun run right now, as I caught up with another former Bulldog there in Tryg Strand last weekend after they had won the OUA Championship - and qualified for the Nationals - by defeating Windsor.
beating Trois Rivieres 4-0 in the 104th playing of the Queen's Cup in front of a sell out crowd. I have to post one more picture - the look of joy on the faces of these guys is something else!