It's the fourth do or die game in a row for the Bulldogs, and the first time that the Clippers face elimination, as the teams meet tonight in the finale of what has been a fantastic Island Division Semi Final series. The Bulldogs forced this game tonight after winning their third straight last night, 4-3 at a wild and crazy Dog Pound.
The Bulldogs have of course been dealing with all the cliches for a while now, do or die, win or go home, backs against the wall, etc, etc. The Clippers no doubt were feeling the pressure the last couple of games after letting the Dogs back in the series, but it's a whole different level when your season is on the line.
It goes without saying that the Dogs will no doubt have to be at their absolute best if they hope to move on to the Island finals to face Powell River. Being in a do-or-die situation has brought out the best in them, and I expect that the Clippers will bring that same level of desperation that has helped the Dogs get to this point.
Having a 3-0 series lead and being the #1 seed, one has to think that all the pressure is on Nanaimo. It's hard to play that way, but it's also a motivator at the same time. Here's hoping that the Dogs can play loose with that nothing to lose feeling, but also keep up the intensity with the opportunity to pull off the improbable and advance to the next round right in front of them.
While it's always a challenge playing on the road, you can bet that a large contingent of Bulldog fans will be making the trip down to provide some noise and support for the visitors as they always do at the Frank Crane.
Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM starting with our pregame show at 6:45, with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 7:00pm. I will call the play-by-play, with Bruce MacDonald and Dan Tisserand providing the colour and analyis and 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
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former Bulldog Marcello Ranallo, who is currently playing and coaching in Italy's Serie A with Cortina SG after a four year NCAA career with the UCONN Huskies.