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Hamilton Hosts Manitoba And Chicago; Travels To Binghamton This Week

January 20, 2009 - American Hockey League (AHL)
Hamilton Bulldogs News Release


The Hamilton Bulldogs (American Hockey League affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens) will be competing three times this week. The 'Dogs will host North Division rival the Manitoba Moose (AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks) on Wednesday, January 21st at 7:30 p.m. at Copps Coliseum. On Friday, January 23rd, the Bulldogs welcome the Chicago Wolves (AHL affiliate of the Atlanta Thrashers) to Copps Coliseum for a 7:30 p.m. match-up. Hamilton closes out the week in Binghamton for a game against the Senators (AHL affiliate of the Ottawa Senators) on Saturday, January 24th at 7:05 p.m. at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.

Last week, Hamilton went 2-2-0-0 bringing their overall record to 26-15-2-0. The 'Dogs started the week with two hometown games, first dropping a 3-1 decision to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday, January 14th in the Bulldogs' 1000th game. On Friday, January 16th, the Bulldogs shut out the Lake Erie Monsters 4-0 for the second Friday in a row. Hamilton then travelled to Syracuse for two games. On Saturday, January 17th, the Crunch were defeated 6-2 by the 'Dogs before they beat Hamilton 6-3 on Monday, January 19th at Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter.

WEEK IN REVIEW:

Wednesday, January 14th - GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS 3 @ HAMILTON BULLDOGS 1

Copps Coliseum - Hamilton, ON

Hamilton Goals: Ryan Flinn (1)

Grand Rapids Goals: Mattias Ritola (15), Evan McGrath (9), Jamie Tardif (8)

Goaltending: Hamilton - Cedrick Desjardins (L - 38 shots, 35 saves) / Grand Rapids - Jimmy Howard (W - 33 shots, 32 saves)

Power Play: Hamilton 0-5 / Grand Rapids - 2-6

Attendance: 2,981

Friday, January 16th - LAKE ERIE MONSTERS 0 @ HAMILTON BULLDOGS 4

Copps Coliseum - Hamilton, ON

Hamilton Goals: Ben Maxwell (9), Alex Henry (2), Yanick Lehoux (13), Mathieu Aubin (3) Lake Erie Goals: None

Goaltending: Hamilton - Loic Lacasse (W - 28 shots, 28 saves) / Lake Erie - Tyler Weiman (L - 28 shots, 24 saves)

Power Play: Hamilton 0-4 / Lake Erie 0-5

Attendance: 5,035

Saturday, January 17th - HAMILTON BULLDOGS 6 @ SYRACUSE CRUNCH 2

Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter - Syracuse, NY

Hamilton Goals: Ben Maxwell (10), Yanick Lehoux (14), Ryan Russell (9), Ben Maxwell (11), Yanick Lehoux (15), Mathieu Aubin (4)

Syracuse Goals: Michael Blunden (4), Steve Kelly (5)

Goaltending: Hamilton - Loic Lacasse (W- 24 shots, 22 saves) / Syracuse - Sebastian Dahm (L - 26 shots, 22 saves), Ryan Munce (16 shots, 14 saves)

Power Play: Hamilton 2-9 / Syracuse 0-4

Attendance: 5,165

Monday, January 19th - HAMILTON BULLDOGS 3 @ SYRACUSE CRUNCH 6

Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter - Syracuse, NY

Hamilton Goals: Ben Maxwell (12), Yannick Weber (14), Mike Glumac (18)

Syracuse Goals: Steve Kelly (5), Kevin Harvey (4), Steve Kelly (7), Ryan Garlock (3), Aaron Rome (4), Craig MacDonald (9)

Goaltending: Hamilton - Marc Denis (L- 34 shots, 29 saves) / Syracuse - Dan LaCosta (W - 31 shots, 28 saves)

Power Play: Hamilton 2-7 / Syracuse 1-7

Attendance: 3,842

BULLDOGS NOTES:

- The American Hockey League announced January 7th that Hamilton Bulldogs defenceman Yannick Weber has been named as a starter for the 2009 PlanetUSA AHL All-Star team. The AHL All-Star Classic takes place on January 26th and will be broadcast on TSN.

- D Yannick Weber has nine goals this season. He needs one more goal to tie the Bulldogs' franchise record for most goals by a defenceman in one season.

- On January 19th G Marc Denis was reassigned to Hamilton from Montreal

- Bulldog C Ben Maxwell has extended his point streak to seven games, which has seen him a total of eight points (four goals, four assists)

UPCOMING GAMES:

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21st - MANITOBA MOOSE @ HAMILTON BULLDOGS - 7:30 P.M. - COPPS COLISEUM

- This will be the third of eight meetings between the two clubs this season

- Manitoba currently leads the North Division with a record of 29-13-0-2

- This season Hamilton carries a record of 2-0-0-0 against Manitoba

- In eight games against the Moose last season, the Bulldogs sported a 4-3-1-0 record

- Hamilton holds an all-time advantage of 39-18-1-3-1 against Manitoba

- C Jason Krog is leading the Moose attack this year with 43 points (13 goals, 30 assists) in 38 games

- There is one Ontario native currently on Manitoba's roster: G Curtis Sanford (Owen Sound)

FRIDAY JANUARY 23rd - CHICAGO WOLVES @ HAMILTON BULLDOGS - 7:30 P.M. - COPPS COLISEUM

- Friday's game will be the first of two meetings between the Wolves and 'Dogs this season

- Chicago is currently in fifth place in the West Division with a record of 22-19-2-1

- Hamilton dropped both games they played against the Wolves last season

- Hamilton is 7-7-0-2-0 in 16 all-time contests against Syracuse

- RW Joe Motzko is leading the Wolves with 42 points (24 goals, 18 assists) in 44 games

- There are currently four Ontario natives on Chicago's roster: D Scott Lehman (Windsor), D Jamie Rivers (Ottawa), G Robert Gherson (Toronto) and G Dan Turple (Hamilton)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 24TH - HAMILTON BULLDOGS @ BINGHAMTON SENATORS - 7:05 P.M. - BROOME COUNTY VETERANS MEMORIAL ARENA

- Saturday's game marks the third of four meetings between the clubs this season

- Binghamton is currently fourth in the East Division with a record of 22-13-3-3

- Last season the Bulldogs posted a 3-1-0-0 record in four games against the Senators

- Hamilton is 8-5-1-1-1 in 16 all-time contests against Binghamton

- So far this season Hamilton is 0-2-0-0 against the B-Sens

- RW Ryan Shannon is currently leading the Senators with 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) in 30 games

- There are currently four Ontario natives on Binghamton's roster: RW Danny Bois (Thunder Bay), D Matt Carkner (Winchester), D Drew Fata (Sault Ste. Marie) and D Derek Smith (Belleville)

ALUMNI WATCH:

There are just over 40 former Bulldogs in the NHL at this time. Over 60 percent of the players on Hamilton's all-time roster have played in a minimum of one NHL game. Three former Bulldogs head or assistant coaches (Doug Jarvis, Claude Julien, and Geoff Ward) are currently in a coaching capacity in the NHL. Here are a few highlights and accomplishments of ex-'Dogs from this past week:

- Montreal LW Andrei Kostitsyn recorded goals in three straight games last week. He scored in a 3-1 loss to Boston (Jan. 13), a 3-2 win over Nashville (Jan. 15) and a 5-4 shootout win over Ottawa (Jan. 17). He has now scored goals in five-straight games.

- Montreal LW Greg Stewart earned his first-career NHL point, an assist, in a 5-4 shootout win over Ottawa (Jan. 17).

- Atlanta D Ron Hainey recorded two assists in a 4-3 overtime win over Toronto (Jan. 16).

- Detroit RW Daniel Cleary recorded two points. He scored a goal in a 4-3 win over Anaheim (Jan. 14) and an assist in a 6-5 loss to San Jose (Jan. 17).

- Minnesota RW Antti Miettinen earned three assists this past week. In a 6-3 win over Phoenix he record two assists (Jan. 13) before earned an assist in a 5-1 win over Edmonton (Jan. 15).

- Edmonton C Shawn Horcoff recorded two points this week. He scored a goal in a 3-2 win over Colorado (Jan. 16) before posting an assist in a 6-3 win over Phoenix (Jan. 18).

TUNE IN TO Every Game on the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Network AND CABLE 14:

Fans can listen to every 'Dogs game this season on the flagship station of the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Network, 'TALK 820'. Fans can also listen or watch at www.hamiltonbulldogs.com by clicking on the 'AHL Live' or 'TALK 820' 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.

In addition Cable 14 will air live broadcasts 12 of club's 39 home games at Copps Coliseum. In a joint venture with Mohawk College, Cable 14 will also broadcast the 27 Hamilton Bulldogs' home games not being shown live in their entirety as 'Dogs-in-an-Hour at 11:00 p.m. on the night of the game.

Cable 14 will also carry Rogers Television's live coverage of five Hamilton Bulldogs versus Toronto Marlies games at Ricoh Coliseum.

GET YOUR TICKETS!:

Hamilton Bulldogs season tickets, flex tickets, mini pack tickets, group tickets and individual 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. For information on season tickets, flex tickets, mini pack tickets and group tickets visit www.hamiltonbulldogs.com, or call (905) 529-8500 or 1-866-DOGS-TIX.

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.

BULLDOUGS FOUNDATION: Ben Maxwell was named as the Community Player of the Month for December. Ben has been actively involved in the community and spent his free time making a difference in the lives of children. On December 9th, he took part in the Bulldogs annual visit to McMaster Children's Hospital, signing autographs and singing Christmas carols. He also visited schools throughout the city, awarding prizes to students who successfully completed one of the various Bulldogs Educational Programs. His dedication to hockey, along with his enthusiasm to give back to the community symbolizes a passion to strive above and beyond all expectations.

Ryan White attended Hess Street School to hand out prizes for the Agree to Read program on Wednesday, January 7th

HAMILTON BULLDOGS SCHEDULE THIS WEEK:

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009 - 7:30 p.m. - Manitoba Moose at Hamilton Bulldogs (Copps Coliseum)

Friday, January 23rd, 2009 - 7:30 p.m. - Chicago Wolves at Hamilton Bulldogs (Copps Coliseum)

Saturday, January 24th, 2009 - 7:05 p.m. - Hamilton Bulldogs at Binghamton Senators (Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena)

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