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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Bulldogs host Kings tonight to open season ending double header


It's the first of two head to head meetings to end the regular season between these squads, as the Bulldogs (15-32-5-4, 4th Island) host the Kings (29-17-6-4, 3rd Island) tonight at the Multiplex.

The Bulldogs were last in action Thursday in Victoria, where they dropped their seventh in a row, 4-2 to the Grizzlies. The Kings began a season-ending three-in-three Island swing last night in Duncan, where they had a six game winning streak halted with a 3-2 loss to the Capitals.

The last head to head match between the Bulldogs and Kings was on February 12th in Powell River, a 4-1 Kings win. The last meeting in Port Alberni was a 3-2 Bulldog win on New Year's Eve in double overtime.

While the Bulldogs position in the standings has been confirmed for what feels like forever, the Kings are still in a three-way battle to claim the Island Division title. Their loss last night was crucial, as not only did they fail to pick up two points and a win to tie the Grizzlies for first place, they also now find themselves in third place behind the Nanaimo Clippers, after they topped the Surrey Eagles last night 4-3 in double ot for their 32nd win. The Kings CAN still win the Island Division, but their fate is no longer in their hands. They need to beat the Bulldogs tonight and tomorrow, and have the Grizzlies lose or tie against the Eagles Sunday. The Clippers are done their regular season, and need the Dogs to beat the Kings and the Eagles to beat the Grizzlies in REGULATION time on Sunday when they host Surrey. The first tie breaker after total points is most wins - the Grizzlies have 31 while the Kings have 29 and the Clippers have 32. The second tie breaker is head to head records, and the Grizzlies hold that one over both the Kings and Clippers.

Confused yet? I think I have all that right... I'm starting to go cross-eyed here, HA!

93.3 The Peak FM's coverage begins with our pregame show at 6:45, followed by the puck drop at approximately 7:00 - all on Van Isle Ford Bulldogs Hockey. Dan Tisserand compiles team and player stats, Bruce MacDonald adds colour commentary and analysis while I provide the play-by-play.

Tonight's 2nd Intermission feature is an interview with outgoing BCHL Commissioner John Grisdale, from TSN 1040 hosts Matt Sekeres and Blake Price.

If you haven't heard, John announced earlier this month that this season will be his last with the league. 

He was recently named a Life Member of the CJHL for his contributions to Junior A Hockey.

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