Bulldogs forward Keaton Mastrodonato and Zack Dallaznna of the Nanaimo Clippers chase after the puck in the second period of Friday’s game. KAICEE TROTT PHOTO

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs clinch playoff berth

Bulldogs to face Capitals Friday in ‘crucial’ battle for playoff positions

With five games left in the BCHL 2018-19 season, the Alberni Valley Bulldogs are looking towards the playoffs.

With a Surrey Eagles loss this weekend, the Bulldogs have officially clinched a berth in the playoffs. The Alberni Valley team currently sits one point up on the Cowichan Valley Capitals, at fourth place in the Island Division. Port Alberni will be hosting the Capitals this Friday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. in a crucial battle for playoff positioning.

Action last weekend started with an away game against the Nanaimo Clippers on Wednesday, Feb. 6. The Bulldogs scored two goals in the first 1:16 of regulation, eventually skating to a 5-2 victory over the Clippers.

The two teams squared off again on Friday, and although the Bulldogs tried to come back from a three-goal deficit, they ultimately dropped a 6-5 decision to the Clippers.

On Sunday, the Bulldogs dropped a wild, high-scoring game at home to the West Kelowna Warriors by a 7-4 score. West Kelowna outshot the Bulldogs by a 48-38 margin, and Bulldogs goaltender Cole Demers made 41 saves in the loss.

Season ticket holders have until Thursday, Feb. 28 to purchase their playoff tickets before they are released to the general public. Tickets are available at the Bulldogs office or online at tickets.albernivalleybulldogs.ca.

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