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December 10, 2012 - American Hockey League (AHL) Hamilton Bulldogs

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE/BROADCASTS (All times eastern)

Tuesday, December 11th vs. Lake Erie Monsters, Copps Coliseum, 7:30 p.m. - TVA Sports/Funny 820 AM, TSN Radio 690 (Montreal)

Thursday, December 13th at Chicago Wolves, Allstate Arena, 8 p.m. - TVA Sports/Funny 820 AM

Saturday, December 15th at Rockford IceHogs, BMO Harris Bank Centre, 8:05 p.m. - Funny 820 AM, TSN Radio 690 (Montreal)

Sunday, December 16th at Milwaukee Admirals, BMO Harris Bradley Centre, 6 p.m. - Funny 820 AM

BULLDOGS AT A GLANCE

Record: 8-10-1-1, 18 points ... Home: 4-4-1-0, nine points, Road: 4-6-0-1, nine points ... Standings: 5th North Division ... 15th Western Conference ... Leading scorers: RW Brendan Gallagher (20 GP 6-6-12) ... RW Aaron Palushaj (20 GP 7-3-10) ... C Gabriel Dumont (20 GP 3-6-9) ... Goaltenders: Robert Mayer (13 GP 4-7-1, 3.26 GAA, .887 Save %, 0 SO), Cedrick Desjardins (6 GP 4-2-0, 2.72 GAA, .906 Save %, 1 SO) ... Peter Delmas (3 GP, 0-2-0, 3.49 GAA, .865 Save %, 0 SO)

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE

LAKE ERIE MONSTERS (Affiliation: Colorado Avalanche) - Head Coach: Dean Chynoweth ... Record: 12-10-1-1, 26 points... Standings: 3rd North Division... 8th/Western Conference ... Leading scorer: C Mike Sgarbossa (24 GP 9-11-20) ... Leading goaltender: Sami Aitokallio (13 GP 7-6-0, 2.91 GAA, .875 Save %, 0 SO) ... Game is the last of four consecutive road dates for the Monsters ... Sgarbossa is third in rookie scoring behind D Justin Schultz of Oklahoma City and LW Jason Zucker of Houston ... Tyson Barrie is fifth in scoring among AHL D (24 GP 5-13-18) ... Monsters are sixth in the AHL in power-play effectiveness on the road with an efficiency rating of 20.7 percent ... All-time series: 21-15-5 ... This season: second of eight meetings. Monsters won the opener, 4-1 at Hamilton on November 25th ... Connections: Bulldogs HC Sylvain Lefebvre spent three seasons ( as a Monsters AC under current Avalanche HC Joe Sacco ... Bulldogs G Cedrick Desjardins played 32 games for Lake Erie last season

CHICAGO WOLVES (Affiliation: Vancouver Canucks) - Head Coach: Scott Arniel ... Record: 10-9-2-1, 23 points ... Standings: 4th Midwest Division ... 11th Western Conference ... Leading scorer: LW Brett Sterling (18 GP 6-8-14) ... Leading goaltender: Eddie Lack (13 GP 7-4-1, 3.00 GAA, .899 Save %, 1 SO) ... The Wolves power play ranks 28th in the 30-team AHL while their penalty killing is the worst in the league ... All-time series: 15-12-1 ... This season: First of two meetings ... Connections: C Alex Friesen hails from St. Catharines and played in the OHL for the Niagara IceDogs

ROCKFORD ICEHOGS (Affiliation: Chicago Blackhawks) - Head Coach: Ted Dent ... Record: 13-11-0-1, 27 points ... Standings: 2nd Midwest Division ... 7th Western Conference ... Leading scorer: C Martin St. Pierre (25 GP 9-12-21) ... Leading goaltender: Carter Hutton (19 GP 9-8-1, 2.74 GAA, .905 Save %, 1 SO) ... Hutton leads the AHL in games and minutes played with 1073:10 ... Adam Clendening is sixth in scoring among AHL D (19 GP 4-14-16) ... Rockford visits the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday night ... All-time series: 6-1-1 ... This season: First of two meetings ... Connections: C Peter LeBlanc is a Hamilton native

MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS (Affiliation: Nashville Predators) - Head Coach: Dean Evason ... Record: 10-9-2-1, 23 points ... Standings: 3rd Midwest Division ... 10th Western Conference ... Leading scorer: C Austin Watson (22 GP 9-7-16) ... Leading goaltender: Jeremy Smith (18 GP 6-11-1, 2.62 GAA, .899 Save %, 1 SO) ... Watson is 11th in scoring among AHL rookies ... Smith is fifth among AHL G with 1030:41 minutes played ... The game will be the last of four dates in six days for the Admirals ... All-time series: 14-13-3 ... This season: First of two meetings ... Connections: Bulldogs RW Zack Stortini played 74 games for the Admirals in 2010-2011 and skated in 37 games for Milwaukee in 2005-2-06 ... Admirals RW Taylor Beck is a St. Catharines resident ... Admirals D Ryan Ellis is a native of Hamilton

TRANSACTIONS

December 4th - Reassigned RW Alain Berger and D Joe Stejskal to the Wheeling Nailers (ECHL)

INJURY REPORT

C Blake Geoffrion (depressed skull fracture, Nov. 9 vs. Syracuse at Montreal) is out indefinitely... D Greg Pateryn (fractured elbow, Nov. 2 at Rochester) is out two to three weeks...

PRACTICE/MORNING SKATE SCHEDULE

Monday December 10th: Practice - 11 am (Copps Coliseum) Tuesday December 1st: Morning Skate - 10 am (Copps Coliseum)

Wednesday December 12th: Travel Day

Thursday December 13th: Morning Skate - 12 p.m. EST (Johnny's Ice House West - Chicago)

Friday December 14th: Practice - 1 pm EST (Johnny's Ice House West - Chicago)

MAC KID'S VISIT

The Bulldogs made their annual visit to McMaster Children's Hospital on Monday. Players brought some holiday cheer to patients by signing autographs, singing Christmas carols and delivering gifts.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS

December 6th: at Syracuse - Crunch 5, Bulldogs 1

The Crunch struck early and often in the first period, beginning with Ondrej Palat's goal 26 seconds into the game. Brett Connolly and Matt Taormina followed with goals before Aaron Palushaj got the Bulldogs on the board at 19:42 with his team-leading seventh goal of the season. Alex Killorn and Pierre-Cedric Labrie added third-period goals for the Crunch who outshot the visitors 42-20. The Crunch was 2-for-5 on the power-play, the Bulldogs went 0-for-4.

December 7th: at Hershey - Bulldogs 3, Bears 2

Patrick Holland and Joonas Nattinen scored second period goals to lift the Bulldogs to a 3-2 win. Ryan Potulny opened the scoring on the power play at 5:48 of the first period and Mike Blunden tied the game for the Bulldogs with the man advantage at 1:57 of the second. Potulny restored Hershey's lead at 3:32 before Holland tied the game at 7:02. Cedrick Desjardins made 21 saves in a second consecutive start. The Bulldogs went 1-for-2 on the power-play, the Bears were 1-for-3.

TEAM NOTES

The Bulldogs have not scored more than three goals in a game since a 6-3 win over the visiting Toronto Marlies on November 16th and have not recorded more than three on the road since a 4-3 win via shootout over the Grand Rapids Griffins in their season opener on October 13th ... The Bulldogs have opened the scoring only once in their last 18 games ... Tuesday night's visit from Lake Erie marks Hamilton's first home game since the Monsters skated to a 4-1 win on November 25th. The Bulldogs only have four home dates in December ... The Bulldogs are 8-for-86 on the power play (9.3 percent), 29th in the AHL and have allowed 18 goals in 101 shorthanded situations (82.2 percent), 20th in the AHL.

PLAYER NEWS

After a 15-game goalless drought RW Patrick Holland has two goals in his last three games ... After missing 11 games with a groin injury suffered in training camp, G Cedrick Desjardins has started five of the last six games, posting a record of 3-2-0 ... C Michael Bournival returned Saturday night after missing the last two games, including one with food poisoning ... Holland and C Joonas Nattinen each have two of the Bulldogs' seven game-winning goals... D Nathan Beaulieu is on a three-game point streak with four assists during that span.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

RW Mike Blunden turns 26 on Dec. 15.

D Nathan Beaulieu turned 20 on Dec. 5.

HOLIDAY FLEX PACKS NOW AVAILABLE

The Bulldogs' holiday-themed flex packs give fans the chance to purchase 10 blue section tickets for only $99 plus HST, more than 20 percent off the regular price. The flex packs are available by calling or visiting the Bulldogs' office and at Tiger-Town Sports at Limeridge Mall. The offer ends December 31st.

BULLDOGS MERCHANDISE

If you have a Bulldogs fan on your Christmas list team merchandise with be available at Tiger-Town Sports at Limeridge mall until January 15th.

Fans can also purchase Bulldogs merchandise during all home games at the "Dawg House" store located behind section 114 on the concourse level at Copps Coliseum. In the store, fans can find hats, t-shirts, jackets, replica jerseys, foam fingers, foam 'Bone Heads', and other select novelty items for sale. 2012 AHL Outdoor Classic gear will also be available for a limited time.

TOY TOSS GAME SET FOR TUESDAY VS. LAKE ERIE

The Bulldogs will present their annual Toy Toss Game at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night against the Lake Erie Monsters. Fans bringing a stuffed toy to the game will be presented with a ticket voucher good for any of the four following games:

Friday December 21st vs. St. John's IceCaps, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday December 22nd vs. San Antonio Rampage 7 p.m.

Friday January 4th vs. Rockford IceHogs 7:30 p.m.

Saturday January 5th vs. Lake Erie Monsters 7 p.m.

Fans will toss their stuffed toys on to the ice after the Bulldogs score their first goal. The toys will be collected and donated to the United Way and their charitable partners.

BULLDOGS HOCKEY HOUR AT MONTANA'S

The third installment of the Bulldogs Hockey Hour will be held live on location on Monday, January 7th at 7 p.m. at Montana's Cookhouse at 1508 Upper James Street in Hamilton.

Fans can join Bulldogs play-by-play broadcaster Derek Wills and colour commentator Al Craig as well as players and coaches as they review the past week of Bulldogs hockey and preview what's to come. The interactive setting will allow fans to ask questions, get autographs, win prizes and enjoy food and drink specials.

BULLDOGS AND HAMILTON POLICE TEAMING UP TO COMBAT DRINKING AND DRIVING

The Bulldogs and Hamilton Police have announced a program aimed at reducing impaired driving in Hamilton. Motorists who successfully complete RIDE spot checks will be presented with a voucher that can be exchanged for a pair of tickets to any of eight Bulldogs home games in December and January.

THE BULLDOGS ON THE AIR

Fans can listen to and watch all 'Dogs games on www.hamiltonbulldogs.com. Live coverage with the team of play-by-play broadcaster Derek Wills (all home and away games) and colour commentator Al Craig (all home and select away games) will begin with the Pioneer Pre-Game Show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.

All Bulldogs games are broadcast on www.AHLLive.com.

STAY CONNECTED WITH THE BULLDOGS

Fans can follow the Bulldogs online and watch game highlights, behind-the-scenes video and get breaking news and feature stories at HamiltonBulldogs.com. Fans can get the latest Bulldogs news and information on Twitter at www.twitter.com/bulldogsAHL and follow play-by-play broadcaster Derek Wills at www.twitter.com/dogsplaybyplay.

Fans can "Like" the Bulldogs' official face book page at www.facebook.com/hamiltonbulldogs and see game highlights and other video features at the Bulldogs' official YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/bulldogstube.

TICKET INFORMATION

2012-2013 Hamilton Bulldogs season tickets, Pioneer Flex Pack tickets, group tickets and single-game tickets are on sale now! For as little as $10 per game, you can enjoy the many benefits of being a 'Dogs season ticket holder including reserved seating for all home games at Copps Coliseum, the option to redeem unused tickets for any regular season game, discounts on team merchandise and access to exclusive season ticket holder-only events with the team. Convenient payment plans are available.

For more information on how to join our team by becoming a Hamilton Bulldogs season ticket holder, or for more information on Pioneer Flex Pack tickets or group tickets, call 905-529-8500 or 1-866-DOGS-TIX, e-mail ticketing@hamiltonbulldogs.com or visit www.hamiltonbulldogs.com. 'Dogs single-game tickets are available at the Copps Coliseum Box Office, any Ticketmaster Outlet, online at www.ticketmaster.ca, or by calling 905-529-8500 or 1-866-DOGS-TIX.

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