BCHL: Bulldogs primed to put down Grizzlies

Trail native Craig Martin has helped the Alberni Valley Bulldogs to a surprising 3-1 series lead over the Victoria Grizzlies.

Trail native Craig Martin has helped the Alberni Valley Bulldogs to a surprising 3-1 series lead over the Island division’s top-seed, Victoria Grizzlies, in BCHL first-round playoff action on the weekend.

Martin netted the winning goal at 15:01 of the second period and goaltender Connor LaCouvee stopped 47 shots in the 3-1 win on Saturday.

Martin has three goals in the playoffs, including a pair of markers in the Bulldogs 6-3 win over Victoria on Wednesday. Another former Smoke Eater, Jake Kaupilla, has also had a good series with three assists. Alberni finished almost 30 points back of the Grizzlies in the regular season standings but have pushed the Grizz, led by the Fitzgerald triplets, to the brink of elimination with 6-3, 4-0, and 3-1 wins.

The Vernon Vipers have also jumped out to a 3-1 series lead over former Smoke Eater Braden Pears and his second-seed West Kelowna Warriors. After losing their opening match 4-1, the Vipers have reeled off three straight wins including a 4-1 victory on Saturday.

The Penticton Vees meanwhile dispatched the Merritt Centennials in four straight, with a close 4-3 victory on Saturday.

With a 3-2 victory over Nanaimo Saturday, Powell River takes a 3-1 stranglehold on the Island division playoff rival Clippers. In the Mainland division, Surrey evened their series with Langley after a 7-5 victory on Saturday, while Coquitlam has taken a 3-1 edge over Prince George with a 6-3 victory in Game 4.

Martin and the Bulldogs will try to eliminate Victoria in Game 5 on Monday, but scores were unavailable at press time.

Just Posted

Trail and area artists eligible for arts training grant

Grant to support learning for visual and performance artists

New affordable housing in the works for East Trail

The proposal involves tearing down the old McBride Manor house and building a “nine-plex”

Snow hosts available to help you explore the Rossland Range

Safe and responsible way to learn about Rossland Recreation Site

Support for Music Heals Program in Trail

The music therapy program for seniors runs in Columbia View Lodge

South Columbia SAR hoping season stays relatively quiet

Group has responded to four calls so far this winter

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

B.C. chief says they didn’t give up rights for gas pipeline to be built

Hereditary chief: no elected band council or Crown authority has jurisdiction over Wet’suwet’en land

Condo rental bans may be on way out with B.C. empty home tax

Many exemptions to tax, but annual declarations required

UPDATE: B.C. boy, aunt missing for three days

The pair are missing from Kamloops

Daredevil changes game plan to jump broken White Rock pier

Brooke Colby tells council daredevil event would help boost waterfront business

Liberal bows out of byelection after singling out Jagmeet Singh’s race

Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background

Truck hauling compressed gas for ‘virtual pipeline’ crashes on B.C. highway

Driver charged and highway closed for nine hours - containers did not rupture

Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson ‘feeling good’ after knee injury

Pettersson said he wasn’t feeling any pain during Wednesday’s skate

Most Read