March 17, 2014 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Hamilton Bulldogs
The Hamilton Bulldogs will play three of their final five home games of the 2013-2014 regular season this week, starting with their final mid-week home game of the season on Wednesday.
On Wednesday, March 19th, the Bulldogs will host the Abbotsford Heat (American Hockey League affiliate of the Calgary Flames) at FirstOntario Centre at 7:30 p.m. The game will be the first of two between these teams this week and the seventh of eight matchups this season.
On Friday, March 21st, the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators) will visit FirstOntario Centre for the only time this season at 7:30 p.m. The game will be the second and final contest between the 'Dogs and Admirals in 2013-2014.
On Saturday, March 22nd, Hamilton will host Abbotsford for the fourth and final time at FirstOntario Centre this season.
THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE / BROADCASTS (All times Eastern)
Wednesday, March 19th vs. Abbotsford Heat, FirstOntario Centre, 7:30 p.m. - AM 900 CHML (7:00 pre-game)
Friday, March 21st vs. Milwaukee Admirals, FirstOntario Centre, 7:30 p.m. - Cable 14, AM 900 CHML (7:00 pre-game)
Saturday, March 22nd vs. Abbotsford Heat, FirstOntario Centre, 7:00 p.m. - AM 900 CHML (6:30 pre-game)
BULLDOGS AT A GLANCE
Record: 26-30-1-4, 57 points ... Home: 12-17-1-3, 28 points ... Road: 14-13-0-1, 29 points ... Standings: 5th North Division, 15th Western Conference ... Last 10 games: 4-6-0-0 ... Longest winning streak: 6 (December 26th - January 10th) ... Longest losing streak: 6 (November 2nd - November 15th) ... Leading scorers: F Martin St. Pierre (57 GP 10-31-41), F Sven Andrighetto (49 GP 14-17-31), F Mike Blunden (54 GP 14-15-29) ... Goaltenders: Devan Dubnyk (3 GP 0-3-0, 3.89 GAA, .873 Save %, 0 SO), Robert Mayer (25 GP 8-14-2, 2.83 GAA, .906 Save %, 0 SO) ... Power play - Home: 17-for-146, 11.6 per cent, 30th AHL ... Road: 19-for-131, 14.5 per cent, T-20th AHL ... Overall: 36-for-277, 13.0 per cent, 29th AHL ... Penalty killing - Home: 26-for-155, 83.2 per cent, 16th AHL ... Road: 28-for-138, 79.7 per cent, 21st AHL ... Overall: 54-for-293, 81.6 per cent, 18th AHL ... Goals for per game: 2.34, 30th AHL ... Goals against per game: 2.92, T-17th AHL
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
ABBOTSFORD HEAT (Affiliation: Calgary Flames) - Head Coach: Troy Ward ... Record: 34-22-5-2, 75 points ... Home: 17-11-4-2, 40 points ... Road: 17-11-1-0, 35 points ... Standings: 2nd West Division, 5th Western Conference ... Leading scorer: F Ben Street (46 GP 23-23-46), F Max Reinhart (53 GP 17-29-46) ... Leading goaltender: Joni Ortio (28 GP 20-6-0, 2.22 GAA, .926 Save %, 2 SO) ... Power play: 58-for-274, 21.2 per cent, 6th AHL ... Penalty killing: 52-for-255, 79.6 per cent, 27th AHL ... Goals for per game: 2.98, T-11th AHL ... Goals against per game: 2.89, T-13th AHL ... Last 10 games: 1-7-1-1 ... All-time series: 16-12-1-5 ... Last season: 4-3-0-1 ... This season: 2-2-0-2 ... First-round NHL picks: F Sven Baertschi (Calgary, 2011), F Adrian Foster (New Jersey, 2001) ... Ontario-born players: F Josh Jooris (Burlington), F Corey Locke (Toronto), F Trevor Gillies (Cambridge), D Chris Breen (Uxbridge), D John Ramage (Mississauga), D Derek Smith (Belleville), D Shane O'Brien (Port Hope)
MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS (Affiliation: Nashville Predators) - Head Coach: Dean Evason ... Record: 29-20-6-6, 70 points ... Home: 19-8-3-2, 43 points ... Road: 10-12-3-4, 27 points ... Standings: 3rd Midwest Division, T-6th Western Conference ... Leading scorer: F Calle Jarnkrok (62 GP 18-25-43) ... Leading goaltender: Scott Darling (19 GP 9-4-1, 2.09 GAA, .931 Save %, 4 SO) ... Power play: 49-for-277, 17.7 per cent, 14th AHL ... Penalty killing: 46-for-263, 82.5 per cent, 15th AHL ... Goals for per game: 2.82, 19th AHL ... Goals against per game: 2.75, 10th AHL ... Last 10 games: 6-3-0-1 ... All-time series: 14-15-1-1-2 ... Last season: 0-2-0-0 ... This season: 0-1-0-0 ... First-round NHL picks: F Filip Forsberg (Washington, 2012), F Austin Watson (Nashville, 2010) ... Ontario-born players: F Michael Liambas (Woodbridge), F Taylor Beck (St. Catharines), F Francis Wathier (St. Isidore), D Scott Valentine (Ottawa), D Bryan Rodney (London)
March 11th - G Mike Condon assigned to Wheeling Nailers from Hamilton Bulldogs
March 15th - G Dustin Tokarski assigned to Hamilton Bulldogs from Montreal Canadiens
March 16th - G Dustin Tokarski recalled to Montreal Canadiens from Hamilton Bulldogs
March 17th - F Michael Bournival assigned to Hamilton Bulldogs from Montreal Canadiens for conditioning
D Darren Dietz - Torn hamstring - Out remainder of regular season
PRACTICE / MORNING SKATE SCHEDULE (Subject to change)
Tuesday, March 18th: Practice - 11:00 a.m. (FirstOntario Centre)
Wednesday, March 19th: Morning skate - 10:00 a.m. (FirstOntario Centre)
Thursday, March 20th: Practice - 12:00 p.m. (North Wentworth Community Centre)
Friday, March 21st: Morning skate - 10:00 a.m. (FirstOntario Centre)
Saturday, March 22nd: Morning skate - 10:00 a.m. (FirstOntario Centre)
Sunday, March 23rd: Practice - 12:00 p.m. (FirstOntario Centre)
Monday, March 24th: Travel day
Note: Practices and morning skates are closed to the public, unless otherwise specified.
WEEK-IN-REVIEW (March 10th - March 16th)
Friday, March 14th, 2014 - HAMILTON 1 @ WILKES-BARRE / SCRANTON 5
Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Hamilton Goals: Mike Blunden
Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Goals: Andrew Ebbett, Anton Zlobin (2)*, Chuck Kobasew, Brian Dumoulin
Goaltending: Hamilton: Devan Dubnyk (4 GA, 10 SV), Robert Mayer (1 GA, 4 SV) / Wilkes-Barre / Scranton: Peter Mannino (1 GA, 26 SV)
Power Play: Hamilton: 0-for-4 / Wilkes-Barre / Scranton: 1-for-2
* - Game-winning goal
Hamilton Bulldogs forward Mike Blunden scored late in the first period to get his team on the board, but three unanswered Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins goals after that sunk the 'Dogs in a 5-1 loss to the Pens on Friday evening at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
Saturday, March 15th, 2014 - HAMILTON 2 @ SYRACUSE 1
War Memorial at Oncenter, Syracuse, New York
Hamilton Goals: Louis Leblanc
Syracuse Goals: Brett Connolly
Shootout Goals: Hamilton: Mike Blunden* / Syracuse: N/A
Goaltending: Hamilton: Robert Mayer (1 GA, 31 SV) / Syracuse: Kristers Gudlevskis (1 GA, 28 SV)
Power Play: Hamilton: 0-for-6 / Syracuse: 0-for-3
* - Game-winning goal
Hamilton Bulldogs forward Mike Blunden was the 18th shooter in the shootout, but the only one to score as the 'Dogs overcame a 1-0 third-period deficit to defeat the Syracuse Crunch 2-1 on Saturday evening at War Memorial at Oncenter in Syracuse, New York.
Sunday, March 16th, 2014 - HAMILTON 1 @ TORONTO 4
Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, Ontario
Hamilton Goals: Justin Courtnall
Toronto Goals: Greg McKegg (2), Sam Carrick*, Jerry D'Amigo
Goaltending: Hamilton: Robert Mayer (3 GA, 21 SV) / Toronto: Christopher Gibson (1 GA, 33 SV)
Power Play: Hamilton: 0-for-2 / Toronto: 1-for-2
* - Game-winning goal
Three unanswered third-period goals by the Toronto Marlies were the undoing of the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon as the 'Dogs fell 4-1 to the Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario.
MOLSON CUP - THREE STARS LEADERS
(1st Star - 5 pts, 2nd Star - 3 pts, 3rd Star - 1 pt)
1. Dustin Tokarski 34
2. Gabriel Dumont 31
T3. Sven Andrighetto 28
T3. Mike Blunden 28
5. Martin St. Pierre 18
6. Patrick Holland 17
T7. Greg Pateryn 13
T7. Robert Mayer 13
9. Louis Leblanc 11
10. Nathan Beaulieu 9
11. Christian Thomas 8
12. Joonas Nattinen 7
13. Stephen MacAulay 5
T14. Magnus Nygren 3
T14. Nick Tarnasky 3
T14. Justin Courtnall 3
T14. Devan Dubnyk 3
T18. Akim Aliu 1
T18. Joel Chouinard 1
T18. Maxime Macenauer 1
T18. Jarred Tinordi 1
THE DAN LAWRIE INSURANCE PREMIUM PLAYER OF THE GAME
(10 pts - Hardest working Hamilton Bulldogs player)
T1. Mike Blunden 60
T1. Gabriel Dumont 60
T3. Louis Leblanc 40
T3. Dustin Tokarski 40
T3. Jarred Tinordi 40
T3. Christian Thomas 40
T3. Sven Andrighetto 40
T3. Nathan Beaulieu 40
T9. Greg Pateryn 30
T9. Maxime Macenauer 30
T9. Stefan Fournier 30
T9. Nick Tarnasky 30
T9. Justin Courtnall 30
T14. Patrick Holland 20
T14. Robert Mayer 20
T16. Akim Aliu 10
T16. Steve Quailer 10
T16. Morgan Ellis 10
T16. Joonas Nattinen 10
T16. Martin St. Pierre 10
T16. Davis Drewiske 10
'DOGS TO HONOUR OLYMPIANS AGOSTA-MARCIANO AND FORTINO ON MARCH 19TH
The Bulldogs will honour Canadian women's hockey Olympic gold medalists Meghan Agosta-Marciano and Laura Fortino on Wednesday, March 19th, when Hamilton hosts the Abbotsford Heat at FirstOntario Centre at 7:30 p.m.
A special ticket package for the game is available for $25.00 and includes one gold-level ticket, a signed photo of Meghan and Laura, a Bulldogs lanyard and a meet and greet with the two players. A limited number of packages are available, so get yours today by calling 1-866-DOGS-TIX or by using the offer code OLYMPIC at this link .
SHUT-OUT HUNGER FOOD DRIVE THIS WEEKEND
The Hamilton Bulldogs are proud to partner with local food banks Neighbour to Neighbour Centre and St. Matthew's House in the second annual "Shut-Out Hunger" campaign. In addition to providing incentives to participating minor hockey associations in Hamilton, the Bulldogs will also hold a food drive at our home games on Friday, March 21st and Saturday, March 22nd. Fans are encouraged to bring along non-perishable food items to one or both of our home games this weekend to help in the drive to "Shut-Out Hunger".
All fans who bring along a non-perishable food donation will be given a two-for-one voucher to one of the Bulldogs' remaining home games in the 2013-2014 season. In addition, the fan who brings along the most non-perishable food items (based on the number of items) will win a meet and greet with their favourite Bulldogs' player after the game as well as a 2013-2014 team-autographed stick. One fan will be selected for this prize at each of the Bulldogs' home games this weekend.
DOG BITES ON Y108
Catch Dog Bites on Y108 on Thursday, March 20th when defenceman Morgan Ellis joins the afternoon show between 3:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to discuss all things Bulldogs!
LAST HAMILTON BULLDOGS HOCKEY HOUR OF 2013-2014 ON TUESDAY
Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Hour is an interactive one-hour radio show on AM 900 CHML co-hosted by Hamilton Bulldogs Play-By-Play Announcer Derek Wills and Colour Commentator Al Craig. It consists of segments such as week-in-reviews, week-in-previews and live interviews with Hamilton Bulldogs coaches and players. The final show of the 2013-2014 season is scheduled for Tuesday, March 18th from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., when forward Louis Leblanc and defenceman Greg Pateryn join as guests.
During each show, fans have an opportunity to ask guests questions on the air, get autographs and win prizes. The show is hosted at Frank and Teressa's Anchor Bar, located at 2 King Street West inside Jackson Square in Hamilton. The restaurant offers 50 per cent off pizza with a beer purchase during show time.
Hamilton Bulldogs flex tickets, group tickets and 2014-2015 season tickets are on sale now. Starting as low as $140 for a 10-ticket flex pack, we have great packages available for you to enjoy more Hockey Unleashed! For more information, call 1-866-DOGS-TIX or visit www.hamiltonbulldogs.com . Single-game tickets are available at the FirstOntario Centre Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.ca, or by calling 1-866-DOGS-TIX or 905-529-8500.
2014-2015 SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOW
Season tickets for the 2014-2015 Bulldogs season are on sale now. Major incentives have been incorporated for potential new and renewing season ticket holders. If a new season ticket holder pays in full in advance, he or she will receive a ticket to each remaining Bulldogs 2013-2014 regular season home game as well as the first round of playoff home games for free. If a renewing season ticket holder pays a $100 deposit toward 2014-2015 season tickets by April 30th, he or she will receive a ticket for each Bulldogs 2013-2014 first-round playoff home game for free. In addition to these great incentives, if a 2014-2015 season ticket holder pays in full by April 30th, he or she will receive complimentary tickets to a 'Chalk Talk' session with Bulldogs Head Coach Sylvain Lefebvre at the Hockey Hall of Fame. For full details on season tickets, visit www.hamiltonbulldogs.com/tickets/season .
PIONEER BONUS BUCKS TICKET DEAL
The Hamilton Bulldogs are pleased to offer Pioneer Bonus Bucks Holders, family and friends an exclusive 50 per cent discount on 2014 Red Zone seats for any regular season Bulldogs home game! Tickets are subject to availability. To secure your ticket discount, please follow these steps: visit st_Image, select a home game and use the promo code "Pioneer".
SATURDAY FAMILY PACK
For all The New 953 Fresh FM and Maple Lodge Farms Family Night Saturday games, the Bulldogs offer a special ticket and meal combo. For as low as $20, you will receive a ticket, a hot dog, chips and a pop. This offer is valid on purchases of three to nine tickets only. Call 1-866-DOGS-TIX to purchase tickets.
Y108 $3 BEER NIGHT
Every Friday Bulldogs game throughout the 2013-2014 season is Y108 $3 Beer Night, featuring live entertainment and $3 beers from the time doors open at 6:30 p.m. until puck drop at 7:30 p.m.
THE NEW 953 FRESH FM AND MAPLE LODGE FARMS FAMILY NIGHT
Every Saturday Bulldogs game throughout the 2013-2014 season is The New 953 Fresh FM and Maple Lodge Farms Family Night, featuring a family-friendly atmosphere and a great value meal program, which includes a chicken dog, a bag of chips and a can of pop for $7, taxes included, available at the Maple Lodge Farms concession behind section 126.
BRUISER'S BUDDIES KIDS CLUB
Do you have a young Bulldogs fan in your life who is also a big fan of Bruiser, the best mascot in the AHL? Then Bruiser's Buddies Kid's Club is for you.
Membership is $15 per child (ages 13 and under) and includes the following:
- 1 FREE ticket per month in the Bruiser's Buddies Section 118
- An exclusive Bruiser's Buddies Kids Club t-shirt
- Invite to a Kids Club ONLY skate with the Bulldogs players
- Official 2013-2014 game puck
- Autographed Bruiser print
- Exclusive Kids Club membership card with 10% discount on Bulldogs merchandise
For more information or to register, contact Brianne Whitty at 905-777-2368 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Fans can get all their Bulldogs merchandise during home games at the "Dawg House" store, located behind section 114 on the concourse level at FirstOntario Centre. There are several great items fans can purchase to show off their Bulldogs pride, including hats, t-shirts, jackets, replica jerseys, foam fingers and other select novelty items. All items, excluding jerseys, are on sale with 25 per cent off until the end of the season.
LISTEN LIVE ON HAMILTON'S AM 900 CHML
Listen to all Bulldogs regular season and post-season games live on Hamilton's AM 900 CHML or on www.900chml.com . Veteran Play-By-Play Announcer Derek Wills calls the action for all regular season and post-season games and is joined by Colour Commentator Al Craig for all home games and select away games. Every broadcast on AM 900 CHML features a half hour pre-game show hosted by Rick Zamperin and half hour post-game show hosted by Matt Holmes.
WATCH LIVE ON AHL LIVE
Watch the Bulldogs while they're on the road with AHL Live! Now you can watch all the best hockey action from wherever you are...live on your computer. AHL Live online is the only place where you can catch every game, from every AHL team, all season long! Visit www.ahllive.com for more information.