It's the first meeting of the season between the teams tonight as the Bulldogs (4-6-1-0, 5th Island) kick off a three games in three nights swing through the Mainland Division by visiting the Spruce Kings (3-7-0-1, 5th Mainland) in Prince George.
The Bulldogs enter tonight on their first three game losing streak of the season after a 4-3 loss Saturday night at home to the Chilliwack Chiefs. The Spruce Kings were also last in action Saturday night, where they lost their second in a row, 8-1 to the Wild in Wenatchee in the back half of a double header.
Every road rink is a challenge in the BCHL, but the Rolling Mix Concrete Arena (it will always be the Coliseum to me) is one that is also unique. It's playing surface is smaller than regulation by 10 feet - which may not sound like much but it's certainly plenty at the pace these guys play at. The boards are also different than your average rink, with square corners that result in different bounces and end boards that are very lively and always seem to factor into the play. It's a tough place to adjust to as a visiting team, but an adjustment the Bulldog must make if they hope to head out of town with two points.
The below picture illustrates the proximity of the broadcast booth to the benches - it's fun to watch from this perspective.
Here's a video to show what the rink is like, with a special appearance from "Hockey Grandma"
Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is Mike Bordingon, play-by-play voice of the Langley Rivermen, who the Dogs visit tomorrow for a 6:00pm puck drop.
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