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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Bulldogs host Clippers tonight, Jay Deo interview

It's the first meeting at the Dog Pound between the teams since November as the Bulldogs (16-23-3-3, 5th Island) host the Clippers (31-15-1-1, 1st Island) tonight at the Mutliplex.

The Dogs last played Saturday night at home where they topped the Surrey Eagles 5-2. The Clippers were last in action Sunday afternoon at home where they had their four game winning streak snapped - while pushing their unbeaten streak to five -  with a 2-2 tie against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks.

These teams last met January 6th in Nanaimo - where four of the six games have been played so far in the season series - where the Clippers picked up a 5-2 win. The Clippers lead the season series 4-2, out scoring the Bulldogs 23-18. The Dogs have out shot the Clippers 209-190. The teams have combined for a crazy total of 16 power play goals, with the Bulldogs going 9 for 36 on the power play while the Clippers have gone 7 for 32.

All of the above of course doesn't matter once the puck is dropped tonight, but it's some interesting info to digest.

Myself, Bruce MacDonald and Dan Tisserand will have all the proceedings covered for you on Pacific Chevrolet Bulldogs Hockey live from the Dog Pound on 93.3 The Peak FM with the pregame show on the air at 6:45 and the puck dropping just after 7:00. I will call the play-by-play, Bruce will provide the colour and analysis and Dan will compile team and player statistics.

If you aren't in listening range of 93.3 The Peak FM you can listen to/watch the game by:

Listening Live on your computer: 93.3 The Peak FM
Listening Live on your smartphone: Tune In Radio
Watching Live on your computer/smartphone: Fast Hockey 

Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Jay Deo , now into his third season with the NCAA's University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Blu Gold

While he was only a Bulldog for one season (2012-2013) it was certainly a memorable one, as he was named the Most Valuable Player as the team went on a crazy playoff run, winning the Island Division after series wins over the Clippers and Grizzlies.

The above picture is one of the most lasting memories I have not only of the 2012-2013 Island Championship season - but of my entire time covering the Bulldogs from 2003 to present. To set the scene - the Bulldogs reverse swept the Clippers in the final game of their first round series in Round 1 at the Frank Crane Arena. About 25 minutes after the game was over and the postgame show was done and all the equipment was packed up, I walked out of the back door of the rink to head to the bus. When I opened the door it was like opening the door of a hot oven as I was immediately hit by a wall of noise that sounded like a riot. What the heck is going on, I thought. I walked around the corner and saw not only the Bulldogs bus in the parking lot, but also the three fan busses that had come from Port Alberni to the game. To quote Slap Shot, it was a carnival like atmosphere to say the least, as they were celebrating the victory and having a big party in the back parking lot of the Frank Crane Arena. One bus would repeatedly chant the names of whoever they saw outside until they came onto the bus for an ovation. They chanted my name so I walked on and was just blown away by how cool it all was. I walked off the bus and then followed Jay Deo on and took the above picture. Incredible stuff!


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