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Bulldogs Try To Gain Ground In The North Division With Four Games This Week

October 18, 2010 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Hamilton Bulldogs News Release

The Hamilton Bulldogs (American Hockey League affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens) will look to gain some momentum going into their second week of the season. The 'Dogs will face-off against the Rochester Americans (AHL affiliate of the Florida Panthers) on Tuesday, October 19th, at Blue Cross Arena at 7:00 p.m. The 'Dogs will then travel to Winnipeg to battle the Manitoba Moose (AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks) for two consecutive 8:30 p.m. EST contests on Thursday, October 21st, and Friday, October 22nd, before returning to Copps Coliseum to host the Oklahoma City Barons (AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers) live on CBC on Sunday, October 24th at 1:00 p.m.

On Thursday, October 15th, the 'Dogs kick-started their season in Rochester, New York, against North Division rival, the Rochester Americans. The 'Dogs went down 2-0 early in the game but proceeded to score five unanswered goals to defeat the Americans 5-2, with goals scored by five different players, including Kyle Klubertanz, Ben Maxwell, David Desharnais, J.T. Wyman, and Andrew Conboy. The team returned to Copps Coliseum for their first home game of 2010-2011 on Saturday, October 16th where they were defeated 5-3 by the Toronto Marlies. The 'Dogs led the game 3-2 going into the final period, with goals scored by Yannick Weber, and a pair netted by Ben Maxwell but Nazem Kadri, Daryl Boyce and Luca Caputi scored third period goals to win the game for Toronto.

LAST WEEK IN REVIEW:

Friday, October 15th - HAMILTON BULLDOGS 5 vs. ROCHESTER AMERICANS 2

Blue Cross Arena - Rochester, NY

Hamilton Goals: Kyle Klubertanz, Ben Maxwell, David Desharnais*, J.T. Wyman, Andrew Conboy

Rochester Goals: Triston Grant, Clay Wilson

Goaltending: Hamilton: Robert Mayer (W - 21 shots, 19 saves) / Rochester: Jacob Markstrom (L - 31 shots, 26 saves)

Power Play: Hamilton 2-8 / Rochester 2-4

Attendance: 3122

* - Game Winning Goal

Saturday, October 16th - HAMILTON BULLDOGS 3 vs. TORONTO MARLIES 5

Copps Coliseum- Hamilton, ON

Hamilton Goals: Ben Maxwell (2), Yannick Weber

Toronto Goals: Ryan Hamilton, Nazem Kadri, Brayden Irwin, Darryl Boyce*, Luca Caputi

Goaltending: Hamilton: Robert Mayer (L - 32 shots, 28 saves) / Toronto: James Reimer (W - 36 shots, 33 saves)

Power Play: Hamilton 1-2 / Toronto 0-2

Attendance: 6142

*- Game Winning Goal

BULLDOGS NOTES:

- The Bulldogs power play is 3 for 10 to begin the season boasting a 30% success rate

- Defenseman Yannick Weber recorded three assists against the Toronto Marlies on Saturday, which is only the second time he has done that in his AHL career. Weber is currently tied for 5th among defencemen in the AHL in points with five (1G, 4A) even though he's played four fewer games than the leader, Nathan Oystrick, who has seven points.

- Goaltender Robert Mayer recorded his first-career AHL win in the 'Dogs season opener against the Rochester Americans on Friday, October 15th. Mayer made 19 saves in the victory.

- Defenseman Kyle Klubertanz netted his first career AHL goal against Rochester in Friday's contest

- Defenseman Brendon Nash and C Gabriel Dumont recorded their first-career AHL points, both assists, in the season opener against the Americans

UPCOMING GAMES:

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19th - HAMILTON BULLDOGS vs. ROCHESTER AMERICANS

7:00 PM EST - COPPS COLISEUM - HAMILTON, ONTARIO

- This will be the second of ten meetings between the two clubs

- The last time the two teams met was on October 15th when Hamilton topped Rochester 5-2

- Last season the Bulldogs went 5-3-0-2 against the Americans

- Former NHL star C Michael Nylander is currently on loan to Rochester from the Washington Capitals. Nylander currently has two goals and four assists in five games.

- Hamilton's all-time record against Rochester currently sits at 57-63-7-0-5

- Hamilton Head Coach Randy Cunneyworth served as the Rochester Head Coach from 2000-2008

- There are currently six Ontario natives listed on the Americans roster: C Mike Duco (Toronto), LW Triston Grant (St. Albert), D Mike Kostka (Etobicoke), LW Andrew Peters (St. Catharines), LW Eric Selleck (Spencerville), C Scott Timmins (Hamilton)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21st - HAMILTON BULLDOGS vs. MANITOBA MOOSE

8:30 PM EST - MTS CENTRE - WINNIPEG, MANITOBA

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22nd - HAMILTON BULLDOGS vs. MANITOBA MOOSE

8:30 PM EST - MTS CENTRE - WINNIPEG, MANITOBA

- This is the first of eight meetings between the Moose and the 'Dogs

- The Manitoba Moose are 2-2-0-0 to start the season

- Last season the 'Dogs went 4-3-2-0 against the Manitoba Moose

- The last time Hamilton and Manitoba met was the 2010 post-season season when the 'Dogs took a 3-2 victory in Game 6 to end their best-of-seven-series 4-2

- The Manitoba Moose finished last season in 8th place with a record of 40-33-5-2

- At the end of last season the Manitoba Moose were 2nd in team penalty minutes in the Western Conference

- Historically, the Bulldogs hold a 40-29-5-5 record against the Manitoba Moose

- There are three Ontario natives currently listed on the Moose roster: C Cody Hodgson (Markham), RW Victor Oreskovich (Whitby), and D Chris Taney (Toronto)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24th - HAMILTON BULLDOGS vs. OKLAHOMA CITY

1:00 PM EST - COPPS COLISEUM - HAMILTON, ONTARIO

- This will be the first ever meeting between the 'Dogs and the Barons

- The game will be one of two live national broadcasts the Bulldogs will have on CBC

- Oklahoma City Barons won their first ever game Saturday, October 16th, by a score of 4-3 against the Lake Erie Monsters

- Former NHLer Martin Gerber is the starting goaltender for the Barons, he holds a record of 110-78-21 in the NHL

- There are five Ontario natives currently listed on the Barons roster: D Taylor Chorney (Thunder Bay), LW Matt Marquardt (North Bay), LW Gregory Stewart (Kitchener), LW Liam Reddox (Whitby), and G Bryan Pitton (Mississauga)

ALUMNI WATCH: Over 60 percent of all former 'Dogs have played in at least one NHL game. Here are a few highlights and accomplishments of ex-'Dogs from this past week:

- Montreal G Carey Price made three starts this past week with match-ups against Tampa Bay (October 13), Buffalo (October 15), and Ottawa (October 16) he posted a 2-0-1-0 record to help the Habs gain five of a possible six points

- Boston G Tim Thomas recorded his second win of the season making 31 saves in a 4-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils (October 16)

- Montreal C Tomas Plekanec leads all Canadiens with 5 points in 5 games netting 2 goals and 3 assists

- Dallas C Mike Ribeiro tallied two assists in last week's match-up versus the Detroit Red Wings (October 14), and has a total of five points in four games to start the season

- Dallas LW Steve Ott leads his team in penalty minutes so far this season with a total of 10 PIM in his first 4 games

- Tampa Bay G Dan Ellis recorded his first win in a Lightning jersey beating the Montreal Canadiens by a score of 4-3 in OT (October 13)

- Minnesota LW Antti Miettinen tallied a goal and an assist against the Edmonton Oilers (October 14) increasing his season totals to 3 points (1+2)

- St. Louis RW Matt D'Agostini scored one goal in St. Louis' third game of the season versus the Preds (October 14)

- Los Angeles C Jarret Stoll recorded a goal and an assist in a victory against the Thrashers (October 12), and added another goal versus the Canucks on (October 15)

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, 'TODAY'S COUNTRY AM 820 CHAM'. Fans can also listen or watch at www.hamiltonbulldogs.com by clicking on the 'AHL Live' or '820 CHAM' icon on the Bulldogs website. All regular-season radio and online broadcasts will begin with a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to each scheduled game-time. 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.

GET YOUR TICKETS!:

Hamilton Bulldogs season tickets, flex tickets, min pack tickets, group tickets and tickets are now on sale! Individual game tickets are available at the Copps Coliseum Box Office (in-person sales only), all Ticketmaster outlets and online at ticketmaster.ca or call 905-527-7666. For information on season tickets, flex tickets, mini pack tickets and group tickets visit www.hamiltonbulldogs.com, or call (905) 529-8500 ext. 179.

GET YOUR BULLDOGS MERCHANDISE AT THE "DAWG HOUSE": Fans can 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.

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

Player : Points :

1. Ben Maxwell 5

1. David Desharnais 5

3. Yannick Weber 1

FLAMBORO DOWNS WORKHORSE OF THE GAME LEADERS: (10 pts. - Hardest working Hamilton Bulldogs player)

Player: Points:

1. Ben Maxwell 10

1. Yannick Weber 10

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