Game Time: 6pm
Season Series: Sept 21st 4-3 Vees, February 8th 3-0 Bulldogs
Vees Home Record: 22-3-1-0
Vees Record vs. Island Division: 6-2-1-1
Vees Leading Scorer: Riley Alferd 18-26-44
Bulldogs Road Record: 10-11-2-2
Bulldogs Record vs. Interior Division: 6-5-0-0
Bulldogs Leading Scorer: Mitch Makin 24-32-56
The Penticton Vees (41-9-3-2) are looking for a weekend sweep when they host the Alberni Valley Bulldogs (26-22-2-4) on Anti-Bullying night at the SOEC.
The Vees are coming off a 4-1 win over the Merritt Centennials Friday night and have won three in a row after going through a three-game winless skid from February 7th-11th.
Alberni Valley started their Interior road trip with a heartbreaking 4-3 loss in Salmon Arm one night ago; the ‘Dogs wrap up their trip tomorrow afternoon in Merritt.
Tonight fans are encouraged to wear pink, as the Vees, School District 67 and Sendero Canyon are teaming up to make a stand against bullying. Over 1,000 school kids and their parents from across the district will be at the game and the Vees will be wearing pink Anti-Bullying jerseys, courtesy of Sendero Canyon.
Despite a 29 point gap in the standings between these two teams, the Vees and ‘Dogs have played each other close. So far they’ve split the first two games of this three-game season series. The Vees won 4-3 on the second day of the regular season, way back on September 21st. Alberni Valley most recently shutout the Vees 3-0 back on February 8th in Port Alberni. Billy Christopoulos made 37-saves in that win.
The Vees are looking to extend their win streak to four tonight, and keep their perfect home record intact against Island Division teams. Overall, the Vees are 6-2-1-1 against the Island but are a perfect 5-0-0-0 at the SOEC. Most recently they beat the Nanaimo Clippers 4-2 back on February 13th.
Alberni Valley thought they secured at least a single point last night, when they tied Salmon Arm 3-3 with half a minute left in regulation, but Carson Bolduc scored just 10 seconds later to secure a dramatic 4-3 win for the Silverbacks; the game-winner coming at 19:36 of the third.
The Bulldogs have lost back-to-back games and three of their last four after winning three straight over Nanaimo, Penticton and Cowichan Valley February 6th-10th. Alberni Valley is in the midst of five straight road games to end the regular season. After tonight, they’re in Merritt tomorrow afternoon, and then they’re in Powell River for a twin bill on February 27th & 28th.
The only change in the Vees line-up might be on the blue-line. Dante Fabbro left yesterday’s game with an upper-body injury and will be a game-time decision. Hunter Miska will get the start in goal.