Pregame festivities tonight include a BBQ and live music getting underway at 5:00pm. Proceeds from the BBQ go towards Literacy Alberni and the Raise a Reader Campaign. 93.3 The Peak FM afternoon drive host Ashleigh Clark will be broadcasting live from outside the Multiplex starting at 5pm to get the word out early so be sure to tune in.
The Bulldogs last played Saturday night in Duncan where they lost their season opener 6-3 to the Cowichan Valley Capitals. They are likely to be without 20 year old defenceman Tyler Cooper tonight, as he was injured on a hit by Adam Osczevski in that game on a play that led to the 2-1 goal. There was no penalty on the play - Osczevski would go on to score two more goals, including the eventual game winner. He was awarded the BCHL's Player of the Week award on Monday, before being suspended by the BCHL for two games for the hit on Tuesday. As much as you'd like the Officials on the ice to make the right call at the time of the incident, one still has to like how the Bulldogs went to bat for their player and submitted the incident to the league - a time consuming process - and that the league dealt with it the way they did. Sounds like a bunch of sour grapes perhaps, but more just a statement of facts. In the end, here's hoping Cooper is back sooner than later!
The Grizzlies were in Nanaimo last night, where they lost their second straight to open the season, 4-2 to the Clippers. While they won't like the end result, they certainly have some positives to take out of the contest as they dug out of a 3-0 hole in the third period to make it 3-2 with 1:04 to play before surrendering an empty netter with a few seconds left on the clock as their comeback bid fell just short.
There will no doubt be a few butterflies kicking around for the players as it's the first chance to play on Home Ice. Don't feel nervous guys.... I know that's easier said than done of course, but all you need to know is that all the fans expect is a hard working effort. Sure they want a win, but they DEMAND above all an honest effort!
Catch all the action on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey tonight on 93.3 The Peak FM with the pregame show at approximately 6:45 and the play-by-play to follow at 7:00 with myself, Bruce MacDonald and Dan "the statsman" Tisserand providing the play-by-play, colour commentary and statistics.
Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Alex Rawnsley, play-by-play voice of the Powell River Kings, who visit the Dogs tomorrow for a 2pm puck drop.
If you aren't in 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
The 30th Annual Port Alberni Toy Run leaves little Qualicum Falls at noon SHARP today, with the festivities for all ages at Glenwood Centre to follow. Dances to follow tonight go at the Glenwood, and a sober dance also goes at Char's Landing. Tickets to the dance at Glenwood will be for sale for riders out at Little Qualicum Falls, and should there be any remaining, they will go on sale at Glenwood following the run. Sunday is the poker run with a live band to follow at Boston Pizza.