It's the fourth meeting of the season already between the teams, as the Bulldogs (7-9-1-3, 4th Island) host the Victoria Grizzlies (10-8-3-0, 2nd Island) tonight at the Multiplex.
The Bulldogs last played Saturday night at home, as they staged a three-goal third period comeback to play to a 3-3 tie with the Merritt Centennials.
The Grizzlies last action was Sunday afternoon at home, where they dropped their fourth in a row 4-3 to the Trail Smoke Eaters in overtime.
This is the fourth meeting head to head this season, with the Bulldogs having a 1-2-0-0 record while the Grizzlies are 2-0-1-0. The last meeting was a 4-1 Victoria win at the Dog Pound on October 22nd.
The Bulldogs made a couple of moves this week, the first transactions of the season. Read below for full details. Welcome to the team and community Tyler, and best of luck in the future and thanks to Graham!
SKILLED 19-YEAR OLD ADDS TO BULLDOGS' ARSENAL UP FRONT
Port Alberni, BC – The Alberni Valley Bulldogs have completed a pair of transactions, acquiring 1998-born forward Tyler Vanuden from the Dryden Ice Dogs of the Superior International Junior Hockey League and trading 1998-born defenceman Graham Rutledge to the Truro Bearcats of
the Maritimes Hockey League.
Vanuden hails from Fort Frances, ON and began the season with the reigning Alberta Junior Hockey League champion Brooks Bandits, where he scored once in six regular season games. He spent the 2016/17 campaign with the VIJHL's Victoria Cougars and finished seventh in league scoring before adding 20 points in 14 playoff contests to help his team advance to the league finals.
"Tyler is a speedy, smart two-way forward who we feel can help our group at both ends of the ice," says Bulldogs head coach Matt Hughes. "He's also a hard worker who gives us some versatility playing up or down our line-up."
Meanwhile, Rutledge heads home to Nova Scotia to join the Bearcats after playing 13 regular season games with the Bulldogs.
"Graham is a great kid who made a positive impact in our locker room and community," says Hughes. "We'd like to thank him for his time in Port Alberni and wish him all the best in the future."
Vanuden skated with his new teammates for the first time on Thursday and will be available to make his Bulldogs debut when the team faces Victoria and Nanaimo on home ice this weekend.
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