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Friday, March 11, 2016

Bulldogs visit Clippers tonight for must win Game 5, Brian Stewart interview

After a much needed day off yesterday, it's back to action in this Island Division Semi Final series as the Bulldogs visit the Clippers tonight at the Frank Crane Arena for Game five, as they fight to keep their season alive and earn another chance to play at home and force a sixth game tomorrow night at the Dog Pound.

The Clippers took a 3-1 series lead with their third straight win by a 3-1 score Wednesday night at the Dog Pound.

While the Bulldogs 2-1 win here in Game one is a postitive point of reference, it's a distant memory by now. Having said that, the past three Clipper victories are just that - in the past. The Bulldogs need to forget the scenario that exists with the big picture, and focus instead on just the task at hand.

All the cliches can be brought out of course. Backs against the wall. Do or die. Win or go home, or - win AND go home for Game six.

With the history that exists between the teams going back to last year, you can bet that the Bulldogs won't be sneaking up on the Clippers as they attempt to stage another comeback this year. They will need to be at their absolute best in all fundemantals in the game, and all the facets out of the game as well. When your season is on the line, your will is going to be no doubt tested. It's hard to not see the end and think of it, but it's important that the Dogs only use it as motivation to keep playing.

About the previous history if anyone has forgotten or is unaware - the Bulldogs were down last year 3-0 in the series, and down two goals with two minutes to play in Game 4 at home. They tied it, and won it in overtime to stay alive. They went to Nanaimo and won a Game 5 to force a Game 6 at home. They won that one too, and took Game 7 to the final ten minutes tied at 1-1. You just must believe, and refuse to quit.

We'll bring the game to you on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey tonight starting with the pregame show at 6:45 with the puck drop and play-by-play to follow at 7:00pm on 93.3 The Peak FM. Bruce MacDonald provides the colour and analysis with Dan Tisserand compiling team and game statistics while I call the play-by-play.

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 Brian Stewart, who is currently playing in his second season with the Coventry Blaze of the Elite Ice Hockey League

Brian only spent one year with the Bulldogs in 2005-2006, but it was a memorable one as the team had a franchise record 20 game winning streak during the season that no one will certainly ever forget!


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