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Friday, March 06, 2015

FINALLY back home, Dogs host Clippers tonight for Game 3, Tryg Strand interview

The Bulldogs finally return to the Multiplex to host the Clippers tonight in a huge Game 3 in this Island Division best-of-seven series.

The Clippers lead this best of seven affair 2-0 after a 3-1 win in Nanaimo on Wednesday night.

I like the adage that a series doesn't begin until someone loses at home. The Clippers did their job and held serve on their home ice, now the Dogs must do the same. One can't help but have some memories stir up of the Island Championship season, when the Dogs headed home down 2-0 to the Clippers in a best of five series facing a must-win game three. Maybe the Dogs should treat this one as a must-win game too, because while it technically isn't it may as well be because they certainly don't want to fall into a 3-0 hole, just as much as the Clippers don't want to let the Dogs back into it. 

After two on the road to start the playoffs and five in a row on the road to end the regular season the Dogs have played seven straight games away from home, last playing at the Dog Pound on February 18th. It's going to no doubt be pretty exciting for the players to get to finally play at home again, but they can't expect it to be easy as it just never is and you can bet the Clippers will come out fired up trying to take a 3-0 stranglehold.
Live coverage from the Multiplex outside the rink starts with Ashleigh Clark broadcasting live from the Tailgate party at 5pm. Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM kicks off with the pregame show at 6:45 and the game action to follow at 7pm with Dan Tisserand on team and player statistics, Bruce MacDonald adding colour and analyis and myself calling the play-by-play.

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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Watching Live on your computer/SmartPhone

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is last year's Bulldog Captain Tryg Strand, who played over 170 games in a Bulldog sweater from 2011 to 2014.  After a very tough start to the season, it's got to be pretty fun to be a Gryphon right now. They defeated the defending champ Windsor Lancers last weekend in the OUA West Finals series 2-0. With the win the Gryphons clinched a berth in the CIS National Championships in Halifax next weekend and they also earned the right to host the OUA title game tomorrow. The Queen's Cup has been contested over 100 years now.

Get down to the rink early tonight for what's sure to be a party like atmosphere at the Tailgate party and BBQ to benefit Kidsport - so all kids can play. Ashleigh Clark will be broadcasting live on THE PEAK starting at 5pm up to our pregame show with some cool stuff to be given away! And yes - don't forget to wear white!


Anonymous said...

Excellent write-up, Hammer! Go DOGS!!

Anonymous said...

Good write-up!! Food for thought, DOGS!

Anonymous said...

"Wear white" Thought that that was the sign for SURRENDER!! We will be wearing RED!

Hammer said...

Like Mr Churchill said - We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender!

Anonymous said...

Excellent comment! OK,DOGS Let's do it! Wear white and win! Please, not the prison garb!!!!