After a lengthy road trip, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs return to home ice tonight when they host the first place Cowichan Valley Capitals.
The Bulldogs played their last five games on the road, including two games at the BCHL Showcase Festival in Chilliwack this week.
On Thursday the Bulldogs snapped a four-game slide with a 4-1 win over Merritt at the Showcase.
Tonight will be a big test for the Bulldogs who are currently 4-8 on the season.
The Capitals are 9-3 so far and currently sit in a tie with Penticton for the most points in the BCHL with 18.
This is the second meeting of the season between the Bulldogs and Capitals.
The Capitals took the first meeting 3-2 back on September 20th in Duncan.
Mitch Deelstra and Stephen Castagna scored for the Bulldogs in that game while Luke Pearson made 27 saves.
The Bulldogs were outshot in the game 30-25 but were a perfect 3 for 3 on the penalty kill.
WHOS HOT: Captain Mitch Deelstra has collected a point in 7 of his last 8 games. The
Gowanstown, Ontario product currently leads the team with 12 points (9G,3A).
Defenceman Jackson Munro from Vancouver has been steady on the Bulldogs back end all season. He has 3 points (2G,1A) in his last 2 games.
Tonight’s puck drop is set for 7 PM at Weyerhaeuser Arena.
Following tonight’s game, the Bulldogs will play three more games at home. They host Victoria (Oct.11), Penticton (Oct.12) and Wenatchee (Oct.18).
Photograph courtesy of K* Photography