It's the first game on home ice for the Bulldogs since January 7th, as they are coming off five straight road games. Tonight's game marks the beginning of a four game home stand for the Dogs.
These teams of course met last night in Nanaimo, with the Clippers picking up a 3-0 win to snap a three game losing streak and once again open up a three point lead on the Bulldogs for fourth place in the Island Division standings.
Full credit to the Clippers for the win, and at the same time the Bulldogs didn't show the jam needed for a game of that magnitude, beyond the first 5-6 minutes of the first. The Dogs looked great early and had a major jump to their step, but all the necessary facets required for winning a game were lacking for the most part the rest of the way. The best thing is that last night is just that, last night, and the Bulldogs need to answer back tonight on home ice. You can bet that the Clippers will be feeling confident after a solid win last night so the Dogs had better bring their A game.
The full 93.3 The Peak FM broadcast crew will again be on hand tonight - Bruce MacDonald will provide the colour commentary and analysis, Dan Tisserand will compile team and player statistics and I'll handle the hosting duties and call the play-by-play. Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey is on the air at 6:45 for the pregame show, with the puck drop to follow at 7:00pm.
Tonight's 2nd Intermission guest is former Bulldog Head Coach Nolan Graham (2009-2010) who is now an Assistant Coach with the NCAA's RPI Engineers.
Nolan is a great story, and a great example of what this league is all about. He played in the BCHL, he played in the NCAA with RPI before moving on to Pro Hockey. He then came back to the BCHL as a Coach, and now he's back with his former team as a Coach.
If you aren't in listening range of 93.3 The Peak FM you can listen/watch the game by:
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