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Bulldogs face Kings and Clippers

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs conclude their six game home stand this weekend when the Powell River Kings visit Friday night, and the Nanaimo Clippers travel over the hump for a Saturday night battle at the Pound. Next week, the Dogs head out for four in a row on the road.
Revenge has to be in the minds of the Dogs as they renew hostilities with the Kings for the first time since they took a 9-1 drubbing in the season opener on September 11th in Powell River, the only loss for the Bulldogs so far this season. The Kings have a busy week ahead of them, as they will play their third game of the week already on Friday after a 6-4 loss in Victoria Tuesday night, and a 6-3 win last night at home against the Langley Chiefs.
Plain and simple, the Dogs want to show the Kings that the season opener was an anomaly and nothing more. One has to expect that the Kings will be ready for the Dogs, knowing that they will have something to prove, so it should be a good one.
Catch the pre game show Friday from the Alberni Valley Multiplex at 6:45 on 93.3 The Peak FM or  with the play by play to follow at 7:00pm.
It never seems to be ?just another game? when the Clippers and Bulldogs play, due to the great rivalry that exists between the two organizations and the cities they represent.  When you throw in the fact that Nolan Graham is one year removed from being Bill Bestwick?s right hand man on the Clipper bench, it seems anything but ?just another game?, but telling that to the players and coaches on either side would probably get you nothing more than that exact response. ?It?s just another game?
In the end, the players and coaches are right ? It?s 60 minutes and 20 players. Whoever scores the most and gives up the least will win. Having said all that, the Pupil vs. Teacher storyline is one that the fans are certainly interested in, and that will probably rub off on the players. It just may be the most exciting and hotly contested ?just another game? in quite some time.
This is the first of eight meetings between the two clubs this season, and you can bet that neither coach wants to give up game one of the season series to the other team.
The Clippers enter this week with a record of 2-3-0 and 2, good for six points and 7th spot in the Coastal Conference. Before visiting the Pound Saturday the Clippers will host the Langley Chiefs on Friday night. The Clippers have been a better club on the road, with both of their wins coming away from home in tough places to play ? Cowichan and Powell River, so the Dogs had best be ready to play a full 60 minutes if they want to finish their home stand on a winning note.
Saturday?s pregame show kicks off again at 6:45 with the puck dropping at 7:00 on 93.3 The Peak FM and online at