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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Dogs return favour, visit Centennials tonight in Merritt

It's the second meeting between the teams in just six days as the Bulldogs (20-27-3-4, 5th Island) play their second to last road game of the Regular Season when they visit the Centennials (20-30-4-1, 5th Interior) tonight in the cozy confines of the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena.

The Dogs were in Prince George last night where they picked up a single point in playing to a 2-2 tie with the Spruce Kings. The Centennials were also in action last night, as they were in Trail where they lost their second in a row, 6-4 to the Smoke Eaters.

These teams of course just met on Sunday afternoon at the Dog Pound, a 7-2 Bulldog win.

The Dogs will be facing a team in a position very similar to theirs, as the Centennials are on the outside of the playoff picture and looking in. They will be desperate and hungry, and no doubt also motivated to exact some measure of revenge after the Dogs beat them on Sunday. The Dogs can ill afford to take the Cents lightly, and they can ill afford to not be at their absolute best as the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena is another smaller than regulation ice sheet at 85 x 187 and things happen very, very fast out there. No shot is a bad shot in this rink, no matter where you are taking it from, in my opinion. The Dogs need to be ready to play phsyical and push the pace as the Centennials know what their rink is all about and they'll no doubt hope their home ice advantage can be a difference maker.

Here's a look at the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena in video form. The video is several years old now, and thankfully the heaters you see below as of last year were relocated and are no longer a factor when it comes to the broadcaster's sight lines of the rink!

Don't miss a minute of the action on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey on 93.3 The Peak FM, starting with the pregame show at 7:15 with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 7:30.

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 Kyle Balzer, play-by-play voice of the Surrey Eagles. The Bulldogs visit the Eagles tomorrow to wrap up the road portion of their 2015-2016 Regular Season for a 4:00pm puck drop at the South Surrey Arena. 

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