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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Bulldogs visit Grizzlies tonight in HUGE four point tilt

It's a game with gigantic implications in the standings as the Bulldogs (16-24-3-3, 5th Island) visit the Grizzlies (21-20-4-0, 4th Island) tonight at the Q Centre

The Bulldogs were last in action Wednesday night at home where they fell 5-3 to the Clippers in controversial fashion. The Grizzlies were in Nanaimo last night, where they won their seventh in a row 6-3 over the Clippers.

It goes without saying that if the Bulldogs have aspirations on making the post season that this is as close to a must-win as it gets. All isn't of course lost if a loss is the end result tonight -  they can go on a solid run the rest of the way, beat the Grizzlies in the next head-to-head meeting and get some help on the out of town scoreboard. They can't look at it that way though, it needs to be a desperate effort leaving everything on the ice, playing it like it might be their last. This is one of only two opportunities to play the Grizzlies in a four point game the rest of the season and they can't let the opportunity pass them by.

The season series has been an odd one - the teams met three times in a three week span early in the season from the end of September to early October, all Bulldog wins. The teams then met three times in a three week span from the end of November to mid December, all Grizzlies wins. The most recent meeting was at the Dog Pound on December 17th, a 7-0 Victoria win. The season series has been a tight one, with that game being an anomaly with the previous scores in order being 3-2, 4-2, 4-2, 4-2, and 4-2. Further stats from the season series -  the Grizzlies have out scored the Dogs 21-15, and the Dogs have out shot the Grizzlies 186-171. The Bulldogs have gone 1 for 17 on the power play in the season series, while also scoring twice while shorthanded. The Grizzlies have gone 8 for 31.

We'll bring all the action to you on Van Isle Ford's Bulldogs Hockey Broadcasts on 93.3 The Peak FM, with the pregame show starting the proceedings at 6:45 with all the game action to follow at 7:00. I will call the play-by-play while Dan Tisserand 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 Eddie Gregory, play-by-play voice of the Coquitlam Express, who make a visit to the Dog Pound tomorrow for a 2pm puck drop. 


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