Hamilton Bulldogs Weekly
The Hamilton Bulldogs (American Hockey League affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens) will continue their road trip this week with stops in Grand Rapids, Chicago and Milwaukee. The first of three away games will be fought at the Van Andel Arena on Wednesday, January 5th at 7:00 p.m. when the 'Dogs take-on the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings). The Chicago Wolves (AHL affiliate of the Atlanta Thrashers) will be the second match-up of the week as they play host to the Bulldogs for a tilt on Saturday, January 8th at 8:00 p.m. The final game on the road will be a battle against the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL affiliate of the Nashville Predators) on Sunday, January 9th at 2:00 p.m.
The North Division leading Bulldogs took on Chicago and Lake Erie at home before beginning the New Year on the road against the Monsters. Chicago travelled to Hamilton to battle against the 'Dogs on Tuesday, December 28th. It was a hard fought battle between the two clubs as Chicago took the lead on four separate occasions. Hamilton was able to tie the game three times as Dustin Boyd recorded a hat trick, but it was not enough as the Wolves pulled away with a 5-3 victory. The Lake Erie Monsters took on the Bulldogs on Thursday, December 30th at Copps Coliseum. J.T. Wyman started the scoring in the game with a goal midway through the first. It was not long before Lake Erie tied the 'Dogs as Mark Olver netted the equalizing goal just minutes into the second period. Hamilton's Ben Maxwell gave the Bulldogs the lead at 15:19 of the second frame before the Monsters came back to tie the game at two just minutes later. Dustin Boyd managed to extend his goal scoring streak to seven games by netting a goal in the third and giving the 'Dogs a 3-2 win over the Monsters. A rematch between the Bulldogs and Monsters took place in in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, January 1st at 7:30 p.m. Ryan Stoa scored the opening goal for Lake Erie midway through the first frame while Mike Carman and Matthew Ford each recorded a goal in the second. John Grahame stopped all Hamilton shots as Lake Erie downed the 'Dogs 3-0.
LAST WEEK IN REVIEW:
Tuesday, December 28th - HAMILTON BULLDOGS 3 vs. CHICAGO WOLVES 5
Copps Coliseum - Hamilton, ON
Hamilton Goals: Dustin Boyd (3)
Chicago Goals: Spencer Machacek, Angelo Esposito, Michael Davies, Paul Postma*, Mike Siklenka
Goaltending: Hamilton: Curtis Sanford (3 shots, 2 saves) / Robert Mayer (L - 25 shots, 21 saves) / Chicago: Peter Mannino (W- 26 shots, 23 saves)
Power Play: Hamilton 2-6 / Chicago 3-10
* - Game Winning Goal
Thursday, December 30th - HAMILTON BULLDOGS 3 vs. LAKE ERIE MONSTERS 2
Copps Coliseum - Hamilton, ON
Hamilton Goals: J.T. Wyman, Ben Maxwell, Dustin Boyd*
Lake Erie Goals: Mark Olver, Ben Walter
Goaltending: Hamilton: Robert Mayer (W - 34 shots, 32 saves) / Lake Erie: Jason Bacashihua (L - 19shots, 16 saves) / John Grahame (5 shots, 5 saves)
Power Play: Hamilton 2-6 / Lake Erie 2-2
*- Game Winning Goal
Saturday, January 1st - HAMILTON BULLDOGS 0 @ LAKE ERIE MONSTERS 3
Quicken Loans Arena - Cleveland, OH
Hamilton Goals: None
Lake Erie Goals: Ryan Stoa*, Mike Carman, Matthew Ford
Goaltending: Hamilton: Robert Mayer (L - 27 shots, 24 saves) / Lake Erie: John Grahame (W - 30 shots, 30 saves)
Power Play: Hamilton 0-7 / Lake Erie 1-5
*- Game Winning Goal
- C David Desharnais is second overall in AHL scoring with 45 points (10G, 35A). He is on pace for 102 points on the season which would beat his previous best of 78 in 2010. Desharnais was recalled to the Montreal Canadiens on December 31st.
- The Montreal Canadiens acquired defenceman Brett Festerling from the Syracuse Crunch (AHL affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks) on January 1st. He played in his first game with the 'Dogs on Saturday. Festerling had posted 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 32 games with the Syracuse Crunch this season.
- The 'Dogs rank in the top ten in both special teams categories. Hamilton's penalty kill is tenth overall with an 84.2% success rate and their power play sits fourth in the standings capitalizing on 20.9% of their chances with the man advantage.
- 22 of the 36 games played by Hamilton this season have been decided by one goal which equates to 61% of Hamilton's battles this season.
- C Dustin Boyd recorded a goal in each of his first seven games with Hamilton before the 'Dogs were shutout against the Monsters on January 1st, 3-0. The goal streak was the longest of the season by any player in the AHL. Boyd amassed 10 goals in that span.
- C Ben Maxwell returned to the Bulldogs lineup on Friday, December 17th after missing the previous nine games due to an injury. Maxwell recorded a point in each of his first seven games back from injury before Hamilton was shutout by Lake Erie 3-0. He had a combined nine points during that streak (2G, 7A).
- G Curtis Sanford sits fourth in the AHL for goals-against-average with 1.73 and fourth in save percentage with .939SV%.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5th - HAMILTON BULLDOGS @ GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS
7:00 PM EST - VAN ANDEL ARENA - GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
- This is the third of six meetings between the two clubs this season
- The last time the two teams met was on November 14th when the Griffins defeated the 'Dogs 2-1
- Last season the 'Dogs went 4-2-0-0 versus the Grand Rapids Griffins
- Hamilton's all-time record against Grand Rapids is 30-17-1-2-4
- Tomas Tatar leads the Griffins in scoring with 29 points (9G, 20A). He is currently on recall with the Detroit Red Wings
- There are six Ontario natives currently listed on the Griffins roster: C Corey Emmerton (St. Thomas), C Jamie Johnson (London), LW Chris Minard (Owen Sound), LW Jordan Owens (Toronto), RW Jamie Tardif (Welland) and D Brendan Smith (Mimico)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 8th - HAMILTON BULLDOGS @ CHICAGO WOLVES
8:00 PM EST - ALLSTATE ARENA - CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
- This will be the third of four meetings between the two clubs this season
- The last time the two teams met was December 28th when Chicago defeated Hamilton 5-3
- The Wolves currently hold a 2-0-0-0 record against the 'Dogs this season
- Last season the Bulldogs went 4-0-0-0 against the Wolves
- Hamilton's all-time record against Chicago currently sits at 13-9-0-2
- Jason Krog leads the Wolves in scoring with 38 points (8G, 30A)
- There is one Ontario native currently listed on the Wolves roster: RW Darren Haydar (Milton)
SUNDAY, JANUARY 9th - HAMILTON BULLDOGS @ MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS
2:00 PM EST - BRADLEY CENTER - MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN
- This is the first of two meetings between the two clubs this season
- The last time the two teams met was on January 28th when the Bulldogs defeated the Admirals 4-1
- Last season the 'Dogs went 2-1-0-0 versus the Milwaukee Admirals
- Hamilton's all-time record against Milwaukee is 12-10-1-1-2
- Linus Klasen leads the Admirals in scoring with 27 points (15G, 12A). He is currently on recalls with the Nashville Predators
- There are two Ontario natives currently listed on the Admirals roster: LW Kelsey Wilson (Sault Ste. Marie) and RW Matt Halischuk (Mississauga)
There are over 40 former Bulldogs currently on NHL rosters. 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:
- Boston G Tim Thomas is currently first among goaltenders in the NHL in goals-against-average and save-percentage. He holds a 1.80 GAA and a 0.945SV% against opposing teams. Thomas is also tied for the NHL lead in shutouts with Henrik Lundqvist and Tomas Vokoun with five. He registered a 2-0-1-0 record this week winning against Florida (December 27), Tampa Bay (December 28) and losing to the Thrashers in overtime 3-2 (December 30). - Montreal LW Max Pacioretty recorded his second goal with the Canadiens, in a game against the Lightning (December 30), since being recalled to the parent club on December 12th.
- Dallas LW Steve Ott registered a goal during a win over the Predators (December 28). Ott has 17 (8G, 9A) points this season.
- Minnesota RW Antti Miettinen recorded an assist in a match-up against the Blue Jackets (December 27) and Sharks (December 29) this week. Miettinen sits seventh overall in team scoring with 20 (8G, 12A) points.
- Vancouver LW Raffi Torres amassed a goal and an assist this week. He had an assist in a 7-2 victor over the Flyers (December 28) and netted a goal in a win against the Dallas Stars (December 31).
- Tampa Bay G Cedrick Desjardins played in his first-career NHL game earning a win over the Montreal Canadiens (December 30) before earning his second career win when he made 34 saves on 35 shots in a 4-1 win over the New York Rangersanuary 1).
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.
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