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Bulldogs Looking to Settle the Score in Return to Duncan

The Alberni Valley Bulldogs (1-1-0-0) return to Duncan to face the Cowichan Valley Capitals (1-1-0-0) in a BCHL Coastal Conference match-up.  Puck drop will be approx 7:15 pm.

Last Saturday, Macoy Bidewell put the finishing touches on a spectacular weekend that saw him stop 97 of 100 shots against the West Kelowna Warriors, and the Bulldogs.  The Warriors escaped with a 2-1 win, while the Bulldogs weren’t so lucky.  Leading 1-0 heading into the 3rd, the Caps rallied for a 3-1 win over a disgruntled group of Bulldogs.  Bidewell was sensational as he stopped 49 of the 50 shots the Bulldogs sent his way.

Hobie Hedquist has looked very much like last seasons MVP version of Hobie Hedquist, but through 2 games it’s the Bulldogs offence looking to get going.  The Bulldogs have managed just 3 goals through the first 120 minutes of the season.

The offence and particularly the power play were the focus of a long-week of practice this week for Joe Martin.  There is no question that the defence is ahead of the offence at this early stage of the season, but just 2 games in, nobody is close to reaching for a panic button.  The Bulldogs returned 6 forwards from last year group and with 8 new additions, at this point it’s a chemistry experiment.

One line that clicked for the Bulldogs in Port McNeill was the trio of Chase Klassen, AJ Vasko, and Cam VanSickle. The Denver University commit will make his BCHL debut this weekend as he returns to the lineup after returning from injury.

After tonight in Duncan, the Bulldogs will return home to face the Powell River Kings in their 22-23 Home Opener presented by Save on Foods.  Tickets are available by CLICKING HERE