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December 26, 2006 - American Hockey League (AHL) Hamilton Bulldogs

The Hamilton Bulldogs (19-10-1-1) will play five games in six nights this week. First Hamilton travels to Rochester on Tuesday, December 26th for a tilt with the Americans (21-7-1-0) at 7:05 p.m. at Blue Cross Arena at the Rochester War Memorial. The Bulldogs then take on the Toronto Marlies (13-15-2-2) at 7:30 p.m. at Copps Coliseum on Friday, December 29th. The 'Dogs will finish off their weekly schedule with two games on the weekend against the Grand Rapids Griffins at Van Andel Arena on Saturday, December 30th at 7:00 p.m. and versus the Peoria Rivermen at 6:00 p.m. on New Years Eve (Sunday, December 31st).

Hamilton posted a 2-0-1-0 record in three games last week. The Bulldogs opened the week with two games in Manitoba against the Moose, posting a 2-1 overtime loss on Wednesday (Dec. 20) and a 4-3 shootout win on Thursday (Dec 21). The Bulldogs then played their third game in as many nights, defeating the Albany River Rats 2-1 at Copps Coliseum on Friday (Dec. 22). The 'Dogs are currently in second place in the North Division Standings with 40 points in 31 games this season.

WEEK IN REVIEW
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 20th - HAMILTON BULLDOGS 1 @ MANITOBA MOOSE 2
Bulldogs Goals: Kyle Chipchura
Moose Goals: Prestin Ryan, Brandon Reid
Goaltending: Hamilton - Jaroslav Halak (L - 29 shots, 27 saves) / Manitoba - Wade Flaherty (W - 28 shots, 27 saves)
Power Play: Hamilton 0-3 / Manitoba 1-7

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 21st - HAMILTON BULLDOGS 4 @ MANITOBA MOOSE 3 (SO)
Bulldogs Goals: Corey Locke, Andrei Kostitsyn, Mikhail Grabovski
Moose Goals: Mike Keane, Shaun Heshka, Brandon Reid
Goaltending: Hamilton - Yann Danis (W - 33 shots, 30 saves) / Manitoba - Wade Flaherty (L - 29 shots, 26 saves)
Power Play: Hamilton 0-4 / Manitoba 1-6

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22nd - ALBANY RIVER RATS 1 @ HAMILTON BULLDOGS 2
Bulldogs Goals: Matt D'Agostini, Andre Benoit
River Rats Goals: Ben Guite
Goaltending: Hamilton - Jaroslav Halak (W - 32 shots, 31 saves), / Albany - Justin Peters (L - 23 shots, 21 saves)
Power Play: Hamilton 0-5 / Albany 0-6
River Rats @ Bulldogs Gallery

AHL Standings

BULLDOGS NOTES
- RW Andrei Kostitsyn has 13 points (5-8-13) in his last ten games and is currently second on the Bulldogs in scoring with 27 points (10-17-27), 23 penalty minutes and a plus-12 rating in 26 games this season
- C Maxim Lapierre was recalled by Montreal on December 11th and appeared in four games with the Canadiens, posting four points (3-1-4) and a plus-5 rating before being reassigned on December 20th and picking up an assist on December 22nd in a 2-1 win over Albany
- RW Jonathan Ferland played in his 200th career AHL game on December 20th against the Manitoba Moose
- D Dan Jancevski and D Mathieu Roy are tied for fourth in the AHL with a rating of plus-16
- The Bulldogs penalty killing is ranked fourth in the AHL after successfully killing off 157 of 181 of their opponents power play attempts for a percentage of 86.7 in 31 games so far this season

PLAYER TRANSACTIONS
Wednesday, December 20th, 2006
- C Maxim Lapierre was reassigned by Montreal (NHL) to Hamilton (AHL)

Tuesday, December 26th, 2006
- D Mathieu Roy was reassigned by Edmonton (NHL) to Hamilton (AHL) and D Jan Hejda was recalled by Edmonton (NHL) from Hamilton (AHL)

UPCOMING GAMES
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 26th - HAMILTON BULLDOGS @ ROCHESTER AMERICANS - 7:05 P.M - BLUE CROSS ARENA AT THE ROCHESTER WAR MEMORIAL
- Record vs. Amerks this season: 2-1-0-0
- All-time record vs. Amerks: 41-50-7-0-1
- Rochester's leading scorer: Clarke MacArthur currently leads Rochester in scoring with 36 points (12-24-36) in 28 games this season

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 27th - MANITOBA MOOSE @ HAMILTON BULLDOGS - 7:30 P.M - COPPS COLISEUM
- Record vs. Moose this season: 2-1-1-0
- All-time record vs. Moose: 31-13-1-2-1
- Manitoba's leading scorer: Brad Moran currently leads Manitoba in scoring with 36 points (13-23-36) in 30 games this season

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29th - TORONTO MARLIES @ HAMILTON BULLDOGS - 7:30 P.M - COPPS COLISEUM
- Record vs. Marlies this season: 3-2-0-0
- All-time record vs. Marlies: 8-8-0-1
- Toronto's leading scorer: Erik Westrum currently leads Toronto in scoring with 34 points (10-24-34) in 32 games this season

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 30th - HAMILTON BULLDOGS @ GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS - 7:00 P.M - VAN ANDEL ARENA
- Record vs. Griffins this season: 1-0-0-0
- All-time record vs. Griffins: 10-10-1-2-0
- Grand Rapids' leading scorer: Kip Miller currently leads Grand Rapids in scoring with 32 points (11-21-32) in 32 games this season

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31st - HAMILTON BULLDOGS @ PEORIA RIVERMEN - 6:00 P.M - PEORIA CIVIC CENTER - CARVER ARENA
- Record vs. Rivermen this season: 0-1-0-0
- All-time record vs. Rivermen: 1-2-0-0
- Peoria's leading scorer: Peter Sejna currently leads Peoria in scoring with 24 points (8-16-24) in 27 games this season

TUNE IN TO EVERY GAME ON THE HAMILTON BULLDOGS HOCKEY NETWORK
Fans can listen to every 'Dogs game this season on the flagship station of the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Network, 820 CHAM "The Legend." Fans can also listen to or watch every home and away game online at www.hamiltonbulldogs.com. To watch or listen online, click on the 'B2 Networks' or '820 CHAM' icon on the 'Dogs website. Ellery Award-winning broadcaster Derek Wills calls the play-by-play of all 80 regular season games, while Al Craig provides the colour commentary for all home games and select road games.

"B2 Power Play" packages are now available for purchase. They provide fans with a chance to watch every game of their favourite team, free access to the AHL Game of the Week and exclusive weekly highlights. And in addition to broadband viewing on personal computers, B2 Power Play will also be available on the new B2toGO network, allowing fans to watch American Hockey League games on cell phones and other wireless devices. A full season package costs $160 billed monthly at $20 per month or fans can pay for the season in full for $150. B2toGO, a service delivering live games and highlights to cell phones and hand-held Pads, are now available for purchase for a full season price of $56 over 8 instalments or $50 if paid in full. Fans who purchase "B2 Power Play" will be eligible to add "B2toGo" for only an additional $25.

TICKETS
Hamilton Bulldogs tickets are on sale now! Individual game tickets are available at Copps Coliseum Box Office (in-person sales only), all Ticketmaster outlets, online at ticketmaster.ca or at select Sports Obsession locations. For information on season or group tickets visit www.hamiltonbulldogs.com, or call (905) 529-8500 or 1-866-DOGS-TIX.

BULLDOGS SCHEDULE THIS WEEK
Tuesday, December 26th - Hamilton Bulldogs at Rochester Americans - 7:05 pm - Blue Cross Arena at Rochester War Memorial
Wednesday, December 27th - Manitoba Moose at Hamilton Bulldogs - 7:30 pm - Copps Coliseum
Friday, December 29th - Toronto Marlies at Hamilton Bulldogs - 7:30 pm - Copps Coliseum
Saturday, December 30th - Hamilton Bulldogs at Grand Rapids Griffins - 7:00 pm - Van Andel Arena
Sunday, December 31st - Hamilton Bulldogs at Peoria Rivermen - 6:00 pm - Peoria Civic Center - Carver Arena

BULLDOGS MOLSON CUP - THREE STAR LEADERS
(1st Star - 5pts, 2nd Star - 3pts, 3rd Star - 1pt)
Player: Points:

1. Jaroslav Halak 34
2. Duncan Milroy 22
3. Mikhail Grabovski 15
T-4. Jonathan Ferland 11
T-4. Andrei Kostitsyn 11
6. Matt D'Agostini 10
T-7. Zack Stortini 8
T-7. Ajay Baines 8
T-7. Corey Locke 8
T-10. Kyle Chipchura 6
T-10. Maxim Lapierre 6
T-12. Yann Danis 5
T-12. Michael Lambert 5
T-12. Mathieu Roy 5
15. Jan Hejda 1

PEARSON-DUNN HARDEST WORKING BULLDOG OF THE GAME LEADERS
Player: Points:

1. Maxim Lapierre 80
2. Mikhail Grabovski 50
3. Kyle Chipchura 40
4. Andrei Kostitsyn 30
T-5. Matt D'Agostini 20
T-5. Jonathan Ferland 20
T-5. Dan Jancevski 20
T-8. Jaroslav Halak 10
T-8. Zack Stortini 10
T-8. Patrick Traverse 10
T-8. Mathieu Biron 10
T-8. Jean-Philippe Cote 10

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