It's the start of a three game Interior/Mainland swing tonight for the Bulldogs (20-27-3-3, 5th Island) as they visit the Prince George Spruce Kings (12-38-4-1, 5th Mainland) at the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena.
The Bulldogs were last in action Sunday afternoon at home where they snapped a three game losing streak with a 7-2 win over the Merritt Centennials. The Spruce Kings played last night at home, where they lost their fifth straight 5-1 to the Langley Rivermen
These teams last met November 7th at the Dog Pound, a 4-3 Bulldog win in overtime.
The Rolling Mix Arena - formerly known before this year as the Prince George Coliseum (it will always be the Coliseum, or Castle to me!) is always a tough place to play, so the Dogs had best be ready to play. Every rink is a tough one to play in, but the Coliseum is perhaps a tad tougher for most teams out of the Mainland Division that only visit it once a year due to the fact that it's unique. The playing surface is 10 feet shorter than a regulation sheet at 190 feet versus 200 feet. Not only is the surface a different size, but the corners are very square and the boards and glass are very active and have some unique bounces.
Not only did I forget that I had this video on my youtube channel, I also forgot how awesome it was as "Grandma Hockey" makes a cameo, ha!
The Dogs need to explore and experiment a bit throughout warm up and throw some pucks around. Having said all of the above, their biggest focus needs to be the fundamentals and work ethic and their level of desperation, because unique ice surfaces is going to be a theme of this weekend and the Dogs need to find a way to win, period.
Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak, starting with the pregame show at 6:45 with the puck dropping at 7:00.
The Coliseum gondola is a unique vantage point to call a game from as you are perched directly above the visiting bench:
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 Alex Carrigan, the play-by-play voice of the Merritt Centennials on Q101 FM in Merritt with the Bulldogs paying the Cents a visit tomorrow night for a 7:30 puck drop.