The 1-2 Alberni Valley Bulldogs are going up against the 5-0 Powell River Kings on Friday and it’s going to be a game of chance, assistant coach Adam Heyduk said.
The Bulldog’s dropped a 5-2 decision against the Nanaimo Clippers on Tuesday.
The Bulldog’s will have their work cut out for them against the Kings, who are 5-0.
“Our guys want this one,” Heyduk said.
The Kings are potent on both ends of the ice. They have 19 goals for and have only allowed seven against.
Forward Cohen Adair leads Kings scorers with nine points and speedster Teagan Waugh has four points.
The game also marks the return of King forward Evan Richardson, who served a two game suspension for a brawl against the Clippers.
The Bulldogs worked on individual positional skills on Wednesday and offensive and defensive systems on Thursday.
The team will be counting on Dylan Nowakowski and Justin Morello, who each have 10 points as of Wednesday, and well as solid backstopping by goalie Max Fenkell.
The recipe against the Riv isn’t a secret, Heyduk said.
“Use our speed, get the puck behind their defense and then get it to the net,” he said.
“It’s going to take a complete team effort to beat Powell River,” Heyduk said. “We just have to stick to our plan and bury our chances.”
In Tuesday’s game, the Clippers didn’t so much win as the Bulldog’s lost.
“We out-chanced them,” Heyduk said about his team’s 40-31 lead in shots.
“They had a couple of bounces go their way.”
The Clippers were two for five on the power play while the Bulldog’s were one for nine.
“We were getting the chances and just not burying them,” Heyduk said.
The Bulldog’s play the Cowichan Valley Capitals, who they beat 6-2 on opening night, in an away game on Saturday, Oct. 8.