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Friday, January 15, 2016

Bulldogs visit Capitals tonight, Tryg Strand interview

It's the fourth meeting between the clubs in less than a month, with another to come at the Dog Pound tomorrow as the Bulldogs (14-22-3-2, 5th Island) head down to Duncan to visit the Capitals (21-15-3-2, 2nd Island) tonight at the Island Savings Centre.

The Dogs last saw action Sunday afternoon at home, where they snapped a seven game losing streak with a resounding 6-1 win over the Powell River Kings. The Caps meanwhile were on home ice on Tuesday night, where they had a three game winning streak halted with a 7-1 thumping by the Victoria Grizzlies

These teams last met a week ago at the Dog Pound, a 4-3 Caps win in overtime. The Bulldogs record head to head against the Capitals is 1-4-0-1 while the Capitals are 5-0-0-1 in the season series.

It's always tough to play on the road, and always tough at the Big Stick. You can bet it will be an even bigger challenge tonight for the Bulldogs as the Capitals will no doubt be motivated to bounce back and prove something like any team is coming off an ugly loss on home ice.

Here's hoping the Bulldogs can build off not only their solid win on Sunday afternoon, but also their overall solid play over the last four or five games, including the last time these teams met in Duncan. While the Dogs dropped that decision 3-0 with an empty netter late, it was a scoreless game through 40 minutes and a 1-0 game until the dying minutes of the third. Of course no one plays to keep it tight only to come up painfully short at the end but that's just the anatomy of a streak sometimes. If you play hard and earn your chances and keep in the game and play consistent and earn your bounces things will go your way like they did for the Dogs on Sunday.

If you aren't making your way down to Duncan fear not, as we'll bring all the action to you on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM. Tune in at 6:45 for the pregame show, with the puck drop and all the action to follow at 7:00pm. I will provide the play-by-play while Dan Tisserand will compile team and player stats. 

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 Captain Tryg Strand, who is into his second season with the CIS's Guelph Gryphons after playing with the Bulldogs from 2011-2014. 

It was a pretty memorable year for Tryg last year, as the Gryphons won the OUA for the first time in almost 20 years and advanced all the way to the National Championship tournament.


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