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Toy Toss Highlights Back-To-Back Bulldogs Home Games This Weekend

December 9, 2013 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Hamilton Bulldogs News Release

After two wins in a three-games-in-three-days weekend, the Hamilton Bulldogs (12-10-0-3) enter this week in first place in the American Hockey League's North Division. The 'Dogs face back-to-back home games this Friday and Saturday, highlighted by the annual Toy Toss Night this Friday.

The Bulldogs' annual Toy Toss Night, sponsored by Y108 and Home Depot, is scheduled for Friday, December 13th when Hamilton takes on the Toronto Marlies (AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs) at 7:30 p.m. at Copps Coliseum. The game will be the sixth of 12 this season between Hamilton and Toronto. The 'Dogs are 2-3-0-0 so far this season in the AHL's Battle of Ontario. Be sure to bring a toy to toss onto the ice after the 'Dogs score their first goal of the game. All the toys tossed will be collected and donated to the CHML/Y108 Children's Fund, which gives the toys to local charities in the Hamilton Area.

On Saturday, December 14th, the Bulldogs will host the St. John's IceCaps (AHL affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets) at 7:00 p.m. at Copps Coliseum in the second of four meetings this season as well as St. John's final visit to Hamilton in 2013-2014. Hamilton won the first meeting 3-2 in the club's season opener.

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

Friday, December 13th vs. Toronto Marlies, Copps Coliseum, 7:30 p.m. - AM 900 CHML (7:00 pre-game), Cable 14

Saturday, December 14th vs. St. John's IceCaps, Copps Coliseum, 7:00 p.m. - AM 900 CHML (6:30 pre-game)

BULLDOGS AT A GLANCE

Record: 12-10-0-3, 27 points ... Home: 8-6-0-2, 18 points ... Road: 4-4-0-1, 9 points ... Standings: 1st North Division, 3rd Western Conference ... Last 10 games: 7-3-0-0 ... Longest winning streak: 4 (November 16th - November 23rd) ... Longest losing streak: 6 (November 2nd - November 15th) ... Leading scorers: F Martin St. Pierre (22 GP 6-17-23), F Louis Leblanc (22 GP 7-8-15), F Mike Blunden (18 GP 6-6-12) ... Goaltenders: Robert Mayer (10 GP 3-5-2, 2.95 GAA, .902 Save %, 0 SO), Dustin Tokarski (17 GP 9-5-1, 2.18 GAA, .926 Save %, 1 SO) ... Power play - Home: 12-for-72, 16.7 per cent, 18th AHL ... Road: 8-for-44, 18.2 per cent, 13th AHL ... Overall: 20-for-116, 17.2 per cent, T-17th AHL ... Penalty killing - Home: 11-for-80, 86.2 per cent, 9th AHL ... Road: 12-for-50, 76.0 per cent, 24th AHL ... Overall: 23-for-130, 82.3 per cent, 15th AHL ... Goals for per game: 2.72, 20th AHL ... Goals against per game: 2.80, T-12th AHL

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE

TORONTO MARLIES (Affiliation: Toronto Maple Leafs) - Head Coach: Steve Spott ... Record: 12-9-1-0, 25 points ... Home: 8-3-0-0, 16 points ... Road: 4-6-1-0, 9 points ... Standings: 2nd North Division, T-7th Western Conference ... Leading scorer: D T.J. Brennan (22 GP 11-12-23) ... Leading goaltender: Drew MacIntyre (17 GP 11-6-0, 2.28 GAA, .912 Save %, 0 SO) ... Power play: 20-for-115, 17.4 per cent, 16th AHL ... Penalty killing: 19-for-98, 80.6 per cent, 22nd AHL ... Goals for per game: 2.77, 17th AHL ... Goals against per game: 2.59, 6th AHL ... Last 10 games: 6-4-0-0 ... All-time series: 45-39-7-8 ... Last season: 5-5-1-1 ... This season: 2-3-0-0 ... First-round NHL picks: F Tyler Biggs (Toronto, 2011), D Stuart Percy (Toronto, 2011) ... Ontario-born players: F Greg McKegg (St. Thomas), D Stuart Percy (Oakville), F Spencer Abbott (Hamilton), F Sam Carrick (Markham), F Andrew Crescenzi (Thornhill), F Jamie Devane (Mississauga), F David Broll (Mississauga), F Josh Leivo (Innisfil), F Kory Nagy (London)

ST. JOHN'S ICECAPS (Affiliation: Winnipeg Jets) - Head Coach: Keith McCambridge ... Record: 12-10-1-2, 27 points ... Home: 5-3-1-2, 13 points ... Road: 7-7-0-0, 14 points ... Standings: 3rd Atlantic Division, 8th Eastern Conference ... Leading scorer: F Eric O'Dell (24 GP 11-13-24) ... Leading goaltender: Eddie Pasquale (20 GP 10-9-1, 2.30 GAA, .920 Save %, 1 SO) ... Power play: 29-for-137, 21.2 per cent, 6th AHL ... Penalty killing: 19-for-117, 83.8 per cent, 9th AHL ... Goals for per game: 2.84, 13th AHL ... Goals against per game: 2.80, T-12th AHL ... Last 10 games: 5-3-0-2 ... All-time series: 9-8-0-0 ... Last season: 4-4-0-0 ... This season: 1-0-0-0 ... First-round NHL picks: None ... Ontario-born players: F Eric O'Dell (Ottawa), F Austen Brassard (Windsor), D Ben Chiarot (Hamilton), D Jordan Hill (Sarnia), D Julian Melchiori (Richmond Hill), G Eddie Pasquale (Toronto)

TRANSACTIONS

December 6th - F Ben Duffy recalled to Hamilton Bulldogs from Wheeling Nailers

December 6th - F Scott Zurevinski signed by Hamilton Bulldogs to 25-game professional try out contract

INJURY REPORT

F Sven Andrighetto - Lower body - Day-to-day

F Justin Courtnall - Upper body - Day-to-day

F Steve Quailer - Upper body - Day-to-day

F Christian Thomas - Lower body - Day-to-day

PRACTICE / MORNING SKATE SCHEDULE (Subject to change)

Tuesday, December 10th: Practice - Off day

Wednesday, December 11th: Practice - 11:00 a.m. (Copps Coliseum)

Thursday, December 12th: Practice - 11:00 a.m. (Copps Coliseum)

Friday, December 13th: Morning skate - 10:00 a.m. (Copps Coliseum)

Saturday, December 14th: Morning skate - 10:00 a.m. (Copps Coliseum)

Sunday, December 15th: Off day

Monday, December 16th: Practice - 11:00 a.m. (Copps Coliseum)

Note: Practices and morning skates are closed to the public, unless otherwise specified.

WEEK-IN-REVIEW (December 2nd - December 8th, 2013)

Friday, December 6th, 2013 - HAMILTON 1 @ LAKE ERIE 4

Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

Hamilton Goals: Maxime Macenauer

Lake Erie Goals: Colin Smith (2), Joey Hishon*, Matt Hunwick

Goaltending: Hamilton: Dustin Tokarski (4 GA, 25 SV) / Lake Erie: Calvin Pickard (1 GA, 21 SV)

Power Play: Hamilton: 1-for-4 / Lake Erie: 3-for-6

* - Game-winning goal

The Hamilton Bulldogs allowed three power play goals on Friday night en route to a 4-1 defeat to the Lake Erie Monsters at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio. Bulldogs forward Maxime Macenauer broke Lake Erie's shutout bid with less than four minutes to play, while goaltender Dustin Tokarski made 25 saves in the loss.

Saturday, December 7th, 2013 - HAMILTON 2 @ TORONTO 1

Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, Ontario

Hamilton Goals: Martin St. Pierre (2)*

Toronto Goals: Korbinian Holzer

Goaltending: Hamilton: Robert Mayer (1 GA, 22 SV) / Toronto: Drew MacIntyre (2 GA, 21 SV)

Power Play: Hamilton: 1-for-3 / Toronto: 1-for-5

* - Game-winning goal

Hamilton Bulldogs forward Martin St. Pierre scored twice and goaltender Robert Mayer made 22 saves as the 'Dogs topped the Toronto Marlies 2-1 on Saturday evening at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario.

Sunday, December 8th, 2013 - LAKE ERIE 2 @ HAMILTON 6

Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, Ontario

Lake Erie Goals: Bryan Lerg, Markus Lauridsen

Hamilton Goals: Gabriel Dumont (2), Nick Tarnasky, Patrick Holland*, Stefan Fournier, Louis Leblanc

Goaltending: Lake Erie: Calvin Pickard (6 GA, 22 SV) / Hamilton: Robert Mayer (2 GA, 28 SV)

Power Play: Lake Erie: 1-for-6 / Hamilton: 2-for-5

* - Game-winning goal

Led by three-point efforts from forwards Gabriel Dumont and Patrick Holland and 28 saves by goaltender Robert Mayer, the Hamilton Bulldogs took over sole possession of first place in the American Hockey League's North Division with a convincing 6-2 victory over the Lake Erie Monsters on Sunday afternoon at Copps Coliseum. Dumont (2), Holland, Nick Tarnasky, Stefan Fournier and Louis Leblanc scored for the 'Dogs in the win.

MOLSON CUP - THREE STARS LEADERS

(1st Star - 5 pts, 2nd Star - 3 pts, 3rd Star - 1 pt)

Player Points

1. Dustin Tokarski 24

2. Martin St. Pierre 13

3. Gabriel Dumont 12

T4. Mike Blunden 11

T4. Patrick Holland 11

6. Sven Andrighetto 6

T7. Louis Leblanc 5

T7. Stephen MacAulay 5

T7. Robert Mayer 5

10. Christian Thomas 4

T11. Magnus Nygren 3

T11. Joonas Nattinen 3

T11. Nick Tarnasky 3

T14. Akim Aliu 1

T14. Nathan Beaulieu 1

THE DAN LAWRIE INSURANCE PREMIUM PLAYER OF THE GAME

(10 pts - Hardest working Hamilton Bulldogs player)

Player Points

1. Greg Pateryn 30

T2. Louis Leblanc 20

T2. Sven Andrighetto 20

T2. Justin Courtnall 20

T2. Dustin Tokarski 20

T2. Maxime Macenauer 20

T2. Mike Blunden 20

T2. Stefan Fournier 20

T9. Robert Mayer 10

T9. Gabriel Dumont 10

T9. Akim Aliu 10

T9. Steve Quailer 10

T9. Morgan Ellis 10

T9. Nathan Beaulieu 10

T9. Christian Thomas 10

T9. Joonas Nattinen 10

BULLDOGS' MY FAVOURITE THINGS BASKET RAFFLE

The Bulldogs Foundation is now running its annual My Favourite Things basket raffle. Each basket is themed with the Bulldogs players' favourite things. Tickets are available at the Foundation Booth at home games for $2 each, three for $5 or 15 for $20, with all proceeds to be donated to Children's Aid Society. The draws will take place at the game on Friday, December 27th.

MILITARY NIGHT JERSEY AUCTION

The special military-themed jerseys worn by the Bulldogs on Military Night on Friday, November 8th will be available via silent auction at every Bulldogs home game until December 13th. A few of these jerseys will be available at the Bulldogs Foundation booth each game for a minimum $200 bid.

The final jerseys to be auctioned off are:

December 13th

Martin St. Pierre

Nick Tarnasky

Mike Blunden

Sven Andrighetto

Nathan Beaulieu

*NOTE: This schedule is subject to change at the sole discretion of the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club*

DOG BITES ON Y108

Catch Dog Bites on Y108 Thursday, December 12th between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. as Bulldogs defenceman Morgan Ellis joins the morning show to discuss all things Bulldogs!

HAMILTON BULLDOGS HOCKEY HOUR

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. 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.

The scheduled dates of Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Hour shows for the rest of the 2013-2014 season are as follows:

- Monday, December 16th

- Monday, January 6th

- Monday, January 20th

- Date TBD - Early February

- Tuesday, February 25th

- Monday, March 3rd

- Tuesday, March 18th

HOLIDAY FLEX TICKET PACKAGES ON SALE NOW

Bulldogs Holiday Flex Packs are on sale now, featuring 10 blue section tickets for just $99 plus HST! It's the perfect gift for the hard-core hockey fan, and with purchase you are entered for a chance to win a trip for four to Orlando, Florida. Holiday Flex Packs are available for purchase at Mapleview Centre (900 Maple Avenue, Burlington), at the Bulldogs office (101 York Boulevard, Hamilton) at games or by calling 1-866-DOGS-TIX.

SATURDAY FAMILY PACK

For all The New 953 Fresh FM and Maple Lodge Farms Family Night Saturday games, the Bulldogs are now offering 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.

TICKET INFORMATION

Hamilton Bulldogs flex tickets and group tickets are on sale now. Starting as low as $99 for a 10-ticket Holiday Flex Pack until the end of December, 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 Copps Coliseum FirstOntario Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.ca, or by calling 1-866-DOGS-TIX or 905-529-8500.

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.

JUNIOR BULLDOGS SUNDAYS

Every Sunday Bulldogs game throughout the 2013-2014 season is Junior Bulldogs Sunday, presented by Fortinos, featuring post-game autograph sessions and post-game skates for kids aged 14 and under (helmets strongly recommended). Fortinos also offers $12 blue section tickets for Sunday games, only available at Fortinos locations.

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 brianne.whitty@hamiltonbulldogs.com .

BULLDOGS MERCHANDISE

Fans can get all their Bulldogs merchandise during home games at the "Dawg House" store, located behind section 114 on the concourse level at Copps Coliseum. 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.

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.

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