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Recap – Monsters vs Bulldogs: Dogs Close Out Season, Say Goodbye to Hamilton

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Brandon Taylor / Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club

 

HAMILTON, ON — Well, after 19 years, AHL hockey in Hamilton is now over.

The Hamilton Bulldogs finished their regular season in a shootout at the FirstOntario Centre on Saturday night against the Lake Erie Monsters in front of 10,326 loud fans. It was an exciting game, but the Bulldogs came up short in their first shootout of the season.

The match marked the final game of AHL hockey in the City, as the team is relocating to St. John’s, Newfoundland for the 2015-16 season.

The Lake Erie Monsters opened the scoring with a goal from Cody Corbett who tucked the puck behind Bulldogs goaltender Brandon Whitney.

Shortly after the Corbett goal, the Bulldogs got one back to tie the game courtesy of Eric Tangradi.

The Bulldogs entered the first intermission tied, 1-1, with the Monsters.  However, the second period would see much more action.

In the middle frame, TJ Hensick buried his 19th goal of the season giving the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead. But then the Monsters responded on the power play after Stefan Fournier went off for too-many men and Stefan Elliott notched the tying goal.

Lake Erie’s goal scoring did not end there, as they regained the lead.

Freddie Hamilton scored his 11th goal of the 2014-15 campaign on the power-play just after the Monsters tied the game.

At this point, the Bulldogs were really pressing hard for a tying goal, but they finished the period down by one after forty minutes of play.

The Bulldogs were able to tie the game about five minutes into the frame with Christian Thomas blasting one by Calvin Pickard after a nice pass from Sven Andrighetto.

The Bulldogs and Monsters did not find the score sheet in the final exciting 15 minutes of the period, which saw several chances at both ends of the ice, so 60 minutes was not enough and the game needed an overtime period.

The overtime period did not have a goal scorer, but let me tell you this: That overtime period was the entertaining seven minutes of hockey I have watched this season. The Bulldogs had over five chances to end the game in overtime but Pickard stopped everything, including a sprawling glove save. It’s unfortunate, the game needed to be decided in the shootout, where the Monsters came out on top.

 

 

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Recap – Comets vs Bulldogs: Dogs Overrun by Wolves

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report 

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HAMILTON, ON – The Hamilton Bulldogs playoff race took a little detour on Thursday night, as the Chicago Wolves defeated the ‘Dogs 4-2 at the FirstOntario Centre.

Midway through the first period, the Wolves scored after a shot from the blueline deflected off the backboard and Magnus Paajarvi tapped in the loose puck behind Mike Condon. The ‘Dogs were not able to get on the board in the first period, and trailed the Wolves 1-0.

In the middle frame, the Wolves made it 2-0.

Forward Paajarvi deked around a Bulldog defenceman shooting the puck on net, where he was able score his second goal of the night.

The Bulldogs night continued to go downhill five-minutes into the third period, as Chicago went up 3-0.

Shane Harper extended the Wolve’s lead to 3-0 after he sniped the puck over Condon’s shoulder.

The Bulldogs, however, showed a little bit of life.

Just about half way into the third, T.J. Hensick put the Bulldogs on the board with a backhand shot that beat Matt Climie glove side.

However, Chicago got a goal back quick.

The Wolves made it 4-1 on the power-play during a two-on-one, with Pat Cannone tapping the puck in.

With 3:00 minutes to go, Charles Hudon shot Darren Dietz’s rebound out of mid air and over Climie’s glove side to cut the Wolves lead in half. It was a very pretty goal, but it would not be enough for the ‘Dogs as they fell to the Wolves.

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Recap – Comets vs Bulldogs: Dogs Clipped by Comets

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report

(Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)
(Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)

HAMILTON, ON — The Hamilton Bulldogs entered Saturday’s contest on a two-game losing streak and were hoping to snap the skid, but that was not the case. The Bulldogs dropped their third consecutive game to the Utica Comets by a score of 3-2 at the FirstOntario Centre.

Game Rundown 

The first period had a nice pace to it with barely any stoppages and just pure hard hitting hockey. However, the first period saw the Utica Comets strike first.

Only nine or so minutes into the first period Sven Baertschi made a nice pass to Cal O’Reilly who scored the first goal of the game for the Comets.

The rest of the period saw some exciting hockey, but Hamilton did not score a goal to send the game tied into the first intermission.

But the good news for the Bulldogs is, they would get a quick equalizer just seconds into the second period.

Just 18-seconds into the second frame, Bulldogs forward TJ Hensick scored on a 2-on-1 feed thanks to a pass from Eric Tangradi. This was Hensick’s 16th goal of the season.

The Bulldogs jumped to a 2-1 lead after Sven Andrighetto made a nice pass from behind the net to Charles Hudon who slapped the puck in past Comets netminder Joacim Eriksson from the slot.

The second period saw the Comets respond and tied the game.  Will Acton shot the puck over Condon’s shoulder after receiving a pass from Baertschi on a quick offensive rush.

The game remain tied 2-2 after forty minutes of play.

The third and final period of the game saw the Comets take the lead with Alex Friesen scoring his seventh marker of the season. Friesen shot the puck at Mike Condon, but it squeezed through Condon’s five-hole just passing the red line.

The final few minutes in the third were intense as the Bulldogs needed to score a goal to force overtime, but they were unsuccessful doing so. Comets took game by a score of 3-2.

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Recap – Americans vs Bulldogs: Pateryn With the Lone Goal, Amerks Drop Dogs

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report

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HAMILTON, ON — The Hamilton Bulldogs entered Friday’s contest against the Rochester Americans (AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres) having lost their last match on Wednesday against the Adirondack Flames in overtime by a score of 5-4. Entering Friday’s matchup, the Bulldogs sit second in the North Division with a record of 28-21-9, good enough for 65 points. Rochester, however, is last in the North with a record of 24-29-6, for 54 points.

Friday’s game at FirstOntario Centre, however, had a similar outcome just like Wednesday’s tilt, with Hamilton losing, again. The Americans were able to defeat the ‘Dogs by a score of 3-1.

Game Rundown 

The Americans saw their first solid scoring opportunity eight minutes into the first as the Amerks’ shot the puck at Bulldogs goaltender Joey MacDonald and it squeaked right behind him, almost over the red line. But defenceman Davis Drewiske cleared the puck. Close call.

Towards the end of the first period, an odd situation occurred. A sheet of glass on the Americans bench shattered and delayed the game for about 15 minutes. Rochester’s backup goaltender Tim Boron nearly took a puck to the head and left briefly to clean the glass off himself.

Moments later, the game entered the first intermission scoreless.

At the 7:35 mark in the second period, TJ Hensick scored a goal but it was waved off because it was kicked in. The play was not reviewed and the game remained scoreless.

The second period picked up it’s intensity and saw the Bulldogs direct eight shots on goal (for a two period total of 23.) The Bulldogs came close to scoring on their power-play towards the end of the period, but time expired. The ‘Dogs entered the third with 40 seconds remaining on the man advantage.

The Americans started the third period on a good note as they would take the first lead of the game, thanks to Evan Rankin who squeezed the puck by Joey MacDonald on a 2-on-1 pass.

Seconds after the Americans goal the Bulldogs tied the game after a bullet of a shot from Greg Pateryn at the blueline which went through traffic in front past Matt Hackett.

The Americans struck again to take their second lead of the night with Chad Ruhwedel netting the goal after Joey MacDonald saved a point shot, but created a rebound and was found out of position. That was Ruhwedel’s his eighth goal of the season.

The Americans sealed the deal with an empty net goal with seven  seconds left in the period.

Notes

  • Three Stars: 3. Greg Pateryn (HAM)  2. Matt Hackett (RCH)  1. Chad Ruhwedel (RCH).
  • Premium Player: Davis Drewiske
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Recap – Flames vs Bulldogs: Dogs Fall to Flames in Overtime

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report 

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HAMILTON, ON — The Hamilton Bulldogs started their three-game homestand on Wednesday night at the FirstOntario Centre against the Adirondack Flames with record of 28-21-0 placing them second in the North Division with 62 points.

GAME RUNDOWN

Although the Hamilton Bulldogs had several quality scoring chances in the first period, the Adirondack Flames entered the first intermission with a 1-0 lead thanks to Garnet Hathaway. It was Hathaway who scored his 12th goal of the season beating Hamilton Bulldogs goaltender Mike Condon over the right shoulder.

The Bulldogs had a breakaway opportunity and a 2-on-1 chance, which saw the puck hit the crossbar. Towards the end of the period, the Bulldogs headed onto the power-play and forward TJ Hensick failed to snap the loose puck into the wide open net with just seconds left. Hamilton finished the period with 15 shots on goal, Adirondack  14.

The Bulldogs got their first goal of the game on the power-play after a shot went off the backboards and in front of Brad Thiessen who was out of position and Eric Tangradi batted the puck into the net for his ninth goal of the season.

The Bulldogs got a second power-play of the game, and with four seconds left forward Drayson Bowman put the Bulldogs up 2-1 thanks to a feed from Tangradi just beside the net.

The Flames tied the game at 2-2 with Mark Cundari picking the puck at the blueline for a breakaway chance, which beat Condon giving Cundari his sixth goal of the season.

The Flames extended their lead to 3-2 with 8:37 to go in the second with Nolan Yonkman shooting the puck from the point with Max Reinhart tipping the puck in.

Max Reinhart scored his second goal of the game with a wicked wrist shot that would go top shelf over Condon. The Bulldogs left the period down 4-2 after forty minutes of play.

With 8:32 to go in the period, Bulldogs captain Gabriel Dumont shot in the rebound to make it a one goal game. That was Dumont’s 16th goal of the season and the Flames led 4-3.

The Bulldogs tied up the game thanks to Daniel Carr who cleaned up the rebound and put it top shelf. The Bulldogs and Flames did not score a late third period goal and this game went to overtime, thanks to Carr’s game tying goal.

The Bulldogs and Flames entered overtime but there was no goal scoring in the first five-minutes of play, so the 3-on-3 feature came into play. During the 3-on-3, the Flames capitalized and scored the game winning goal, thanks to Taylor Vause who netted the goal.

THREE STARS OF THE GAME

1) Taylor Vause

2) Max Reinhart

3) Eric Tangradi

Attendance: 2,456

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Canadiens Assign Defenceman Dalton Thrower to Brampton Beast

CANADIENS RE-ASSIGN DALTON THROWER TO BRAMPTON BEAST
Defenceman has three assists in 22 games with ECHL Brampton this season

Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)
Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)

MONTREAL, QUE. – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have re-assigned defenceman Dalton Thrower to the ECHL’s Brampton Beast from the Bulldogs.

In 22 games with Brampton this season, Thrower has recorded three assists and 65 penalty minutes.

Before turning pro this season, the 6-0, 215-pound defenceman spent five seasons (2009 to 2014) in the Western Hockey League. In 285 career WHL regular season games with the Vancouver Giants and Saskatoon Blades, the Squamish, B.C. native recorded 147 points (42 goals, 105 assists) and 414 penalty minutes.

The 21-year-old was selected by the Canadiens in the second round (51st overall) in the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

The Bulldogs will be back in action on Wednesday, March 4 when they’ll host the Adirondack Flames at FirstOntario Centre at 7:30 p.m.

For more information on Hamilton Bulldogs flex tickets, group tickets, single-game tickets and 2015-16 season tickets, call 1-866-DOGS-TIX or visit hamiltonbulldogs.com.

Listen to all Bulldogs regular season and post-season games live on Hamilton’s AM 900 CHML, on www.900chml.com or watch live on www.ahllive.com. Catch every Friday night home game live in high definition on Cable 14.

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Canadiens Assign Defenceman Dalton Thrower to Bulldogs

CANADIENS RE-ASSIGN DALTON THROWER TO BULLDOGS
Defenceman has three assists in 22 games with ECHL Brampton this season

Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)
Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)

Hamilton Bulldogs Media Release

MONTREAL, QUE. – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have re-assigned defenceman Dalton Thrower to the Bulldogs from the ECHL’s Brampton Beast.

In 22 games with Brampton this season, Thrower has recorded three assists and 65 penalty minutes.

Before turning pro this season, the 6-0, 215-pound defenceman spent five seasons (2009 to 2014) in the Western Hockey League. In 285 career WHL regular season games with the Vancouver Giants and Saskatoon Blades, the Squamish, B.C. native recorded 147 points (42 goals, 105 assists) and 414 penalty minutes.

The 21-year-old was selected by the Canadiens in the second round (51st overall) in the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

The Bulldogs will be back in action on Friday, Feb. 27 when they’ll host the Charlotte Checkers at FirstOntario Centre at 7:30 p.m.

For more information on Hamilton Bulldogs flex tickets, group tickets, single-game tickets and 2015-16 season tickets, call 1-866-DOGS-TIX or visit hamiltonbulldogs.com.

Listen to all Bulldogs regular season and post-season games live on Hamilton’s AM 900 CHML, on www.900chml.com or watch live on www.ahllive.com. Catch every Friday night home game live in high definition on Cable 14.

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Weekly Preview: Bulldogs Prepare to Host Wild, Rival Marlies

BULLDOGS HOST WILD, MARLIES THIS WEEK
Winners of seven of their past eight games, the Hamilton Bulldogs will look to stay hot with two home games this week.

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Hamilton Bulldogs Weekly Release

HAMILTON, ON. — On Tuesday, Feb. 10, the Bulldogs will host the Iowa Wild (American Hockey League affiliate of the Minnesota Wild) at FirstOntario Centre at 7:30 p.m. in the final contest between these two teams this season. The ‘Dogs are 2-1-0-0 against the Wild so far in 2014-15.

On Friday, Feb. 13, the Toronto Marlies (AHL affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs) will visit Hamilton for the final time this season in the ‘Dogs annual ‘Pink in the Rink’ night at FirstOntario Centre at 7:30 p.m. So far in 2014-15, Hamilton holds a record of 6-2-1-0 against Toronto.
THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE / BROADCASTS (All times Eastern)

Tuesday, Feb. 10 vs. Iowa Wild, FirstOntario Centre, 7:30 p.m. – AHL Live, AM900 CHML

Friday, Feb. 13 vs. Toronto Marlies, FirstOntario Centre, 7:30 p.m. – Cable 14, AHL Live, AM900 CHML

(All statistics include games through Sunday, Feb. 8)
BULLDOGS AT A GLANCE

Record: 23-18-6-0, 52 points … Home: 11-11-3-0, 25 points … Road: 12-7-3-0, 27 points … Standings: T-2nd North Division, T-8th Western Conference … Last 10 games: 7-3-0-0 … Longest winning streak: 6 (Jan. 16 – Jan. 31) … Longest losing streak: 3 (Oct. 25 – Oct. 29; Nov. 7 – Nov. 13; Jan. 10 – Jan. 14) … Leading scorers: F Charles Hudon (47 GP 12-29-41), F T.J. Hensick (47 GP 12-24-36), F Gabriel Dumont (40 GP 12-15-27) …Goaltenders: Mike Condon (27 GP 15-9-3, 2.02 GAA, .934 Save %, 3 SO), Joey MacDonald (18 GP 7-8-3, 3.02 GAA, .899 Save %, 0 SO) … Power play – Home: 13-for-102, 12.7 per cent, 24th AHL … Road: 9-for-78, 11.5 per cent, 24th AHL … Overall: 22-for-180, 12.2 per cent, 28th AHL … Penalty killing – Home: 76-for-89, 85.4 per cent, 10th AHL … Road: 72-for-82, 87.8 per cent, T-5th AHL … Overall: 148-for-171, 86.5 per cent, 7th AHL … Goals for per game: 2.68, 20th AHL … Goals against per game: 2.57, T-10th AHL

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
IOWA WILD (Affiliation: Minnesota Wild) – Head Coach: John Torchetti … Record: 17-30-1-1, 36 points … Home: 8-15-0-0, 16 points … Road: 9-15-1-1, 20 points … Standings: 5th West Division, 15th Western Conference … Leading scorer: F Tyler Graovac (46 GP 16-18-34) … Leading goaltender: John Curry (21 GP 8-10-0, 2.78 GAA, .917 Save %, 0 SO) … Power play: 29-for-175, 16.6 per cent, 16th AHL … Penalty killing: 134-for-174, 77.0 per cent, 30th AHL … Goals for per game: 2.37, 26th AHL … Goals against per game: 3.31, 29th AHL … Last 10 games: 3-7-0-0 … All-time series: 3-2-0-0 … Last season: 1-1-0-0 … This season: 2-1-0-0 …First-round NHL picks: F Zack Phillips (Minnesota Wild, 2011), D Jonathon Blum (Nashville Predators, 2007) … Ontario-born players: F Tyler Graovac (Brampton), F Zack Mitchell (Orangeville), F Marc Hagel (Hamilton), F Kurtis Gabriel (Newmarket), D Alex Gudbranson (Orleans), D Danny Syvret (Millgrove)

 

TORONTO MARLIES (Affiliation: Toronto Maple Leafs) – Head Coach: Gord Dineen … Record: 19-18-9-0, 47 points … Home: 10-8-5-0, 25 points … Road: 9-10-4-0, 22 points … Standings: 4th North Division, 12th Western Conference … Leading scorer: F Connor Brown (46 GP 12-22-34) … Leading goaltender: Christopher Gibson (24 GP 10-11-3, 2.47 GAA, .921 Save %, 1 SO) … Power play: 20-for-157, 12.7 per cent, 26th AHL …Penalty killing: 160-for-198, 80.8 per cent, 26th AHL … Goals for per game: 2.28, 28th AHL … Goals against per game: 2.70, 14th AHL … Last 10 games: 4-3-3-0 … All-time series: 55-44-8-8 … Last season: 6-6-0-0 … This season: 6-2-1-0 … First-round NHL picks: F Tyler Biggs (Toronto Maple Leafs, 2011), F William Nylander (Toronto Maple Leafs, 2014), D Stuart Percy (Toronto Maple Leafs, 2011) … Ontario-born players: F Greg McKegg (St. Thomas), F Spencer Abbott (Hamilton), F Josh Leivo (Innisfil), F Sam Carrick (Markham), F Ryan Rupert (Grand Bend), F Patrick Watling (Sault Ste. Marie), F Jamie Devane (Mississauga), F Connor Brown (Toronto), D Matt Finn (Toronto), D Stuart Percy (Oakville)
TRANSACTIONS

Feb. 9 – D David Makowski assigned by Hamilton Bulldogs to Wheeling Nailers

Feb. 9 – F Gabriel Dumont assigned by Montreal Canadiens to Hamilton Bulldogs

Feb. 8 – D Bobby Shea recalled by Hamilton Bulldogs from Wheeling Nailers

Feb. 8 – D Bobby Shea assigned by Hamilton Bulldogs to Wheeling Nailers

Feb. 7 – D Bobby Shea recalled by Hamilton Bulldogs from Wheeling Nailers

Feb. 5 – F Jacob de la Rose recalled by Montreal Canadiens from Hamilton Bulldogs

Feb. 5 – G Mike Condon signed by Montreal Canadiens to two-year contract extension

Feb. 4 – F Jacob de la Rose assigned by Montreal Canadiens to Hamilton Bulldogs

Feb. 2 – F Jacob de la Rose recalled by Montreal Canadiens from Hamilton Bulldogs

 

INJURY REPORT

F Connor Crisp – Upper body (Day-to-day)

D Darren Dietz – Lower body (Day-to-day)

F Jack Nevins – Upper body (Two weeks)

D Magnus Nygren – Concussion (Out indefinitely)
PRACTICE / MORNING SKATE SCHEDULE (Subject to change)

Tuesday, Feb. 10: Morning skate – 10 a.m. – FirstOntario Centre

Wednesday, Feb. 11: Practice – 11 a.m. – FirstOntario Centre

Thursday, Feb. 12: Practice – 10 a.m. – FirstOntario Centre

Friday, Feb. 13: Morning skate – 10 a.m. – FirstOntario Centre

Saturday, Feb. 14: Practice – 11 a.m. – FirstOntario Centre

Sunday, Feb. 15: Practice – 9 a.m. – FirstOntario Centre

Monday, Feb. 16: No morning skate

Tuesday, Feb. 17: Practice – 10 a.m. – FirstOntario Centre
Note: Practices and morning skates are closed to the public, unless otherwise specified.

WEEK-IN-REVIEW (Feb. 2-8)
Friday, Feb. 6, 2015 – IOWA 5 @ HAMILTON 3

FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, Ont.

Iowa Goals: Jonathon Blum (2), Zack Phillips, Brady Brassart, Kurtis Gabriel*

Hamilton Goals: Daniel Carr (2), Jarred Tinordi

Goaltending: Iowa: Darcy Kuemper (3 GA, 23 SV) / Hamilton: Joey MacDonald (4 GA, 20 SV)
Power Play: Iowa: 0-for-2 / Hamilton: 0-for-0
* – Game-winning goal

Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015 – HAMILTON 4 @ LAKE ERIE 0

Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio

Hamilton Goals: Daniel Carr (2)*, Nick Sorkin, Charles Hudon

Lake Erie Goals: N/A

Goaltending: Hamilton: Mike Condon (0 GA, 34 SV) / Lake Erie: Calvin Pickard (4 GA, 22 SV)
Power Play: Hamilton: 0-for-3 / Lake Erie: 0-for-2
* – Game-winning goal

 

MOLSON CUP – THREE STARS LEADERS

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

Player Points
1. Mike Condon 41
T2. Sven Andrighetto 25
T2. Daniel Carr 25
4. Gabriel Dumont 24
5. Charles Hudon 23
6. T.J. Hensick 18
7. Christian Thomas 8
8. Eric Tangradi 6
T9. Mac Bennett 5
T9. Jake Dowell 5
T9. Joey MacDonald 5
T9. Davis Drewiske 5
T9. Jacob de la Rose 5
T14. Michael Bournival 4
T14. Darren Dietz 4
T14. Nick Sorkin 4
T17. Greg Pateryn 3
T18. Nathan Beaulieu 2
T18. Maxime Macenauer 2

 

THE DAN LAWRIE INSURANCE PREMIUM PLAYER OF THE GAME
(Hardestworking Hamilton Bulldogs player)

Player Selections
1. Charles Hudon 8
2. Gabriel Dumont 4
T3. Mac Bennett 3
T3. Greg Pateryn 3
T3. Mike Condon 3
T3. Jarred Tinordi 3
T7. Eric Tangradi 2
T7. Davis Drewiske 2
T7. Christian Thomas 2
T7. Drayson Bowman 2
T7. Sven Andrighetto 2
T7. Darren Dietz 2
T13. Joey MacDonald 1
T13. Jack Nevins 1
T13. Maxime Macenauer 1
T13. Magnus Nygren 1
T13. Nick Sorkin 1
T13. Michael Bournival 1
T13. Dustin Tokarski 1
T13. T.J. Hensick 1
T13. Jacob de la Rose 1
T13. Daniel Carr 1
T13. Bryan Allen 1

 

TICKET INFORMATION

Bulldogs flex tickets, group tickets and single-game tickets are on sale now. For more information, call 1-866-DOGS-TIX or visit hamiltonbulldogs.com.

BOWLING WITH THE DAWGS – WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11

The Bulldogs will host their annual Bowling with the Dawgs event on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at Splitsville Entertainment (1525 Stone Church Rd. East). Meet and bowl with your favourite players starting at 6 p.m.! Bowling with the Dawgs is presented by the Bulldogs Foundation in support of the Dawgs Breakfast Program. Contact Brett Varey at brett.varey@hamiltonbulldogs.com for more information or to register now!

 

PINK IN THE RINK – FRIDAY, FEB. 13

Join your Bulldogs on Friday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. as they welcome the Toronto Marlies to FirstOntario Centre for the last time this season! Don’t miss your chance to bid on our Pink in the Rink game-worn specialty jerseys atwww.bulldogsfoundation.com to raise funds for the Juravinski Cancer Centre. Pink in the Rink is sponsored by Shopper Drug Mart.

FAMILY DAY – MONDAY, FEB. 16

Spend Family Day with the Bulldogs! Your favourite team will host the Utica Comets on holiday Monday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m.

 

LEARN TO CAMP NIGHT – SATURDAY, FEB. 28

Are you new to camping and want to learn the basics? Come spend the night at FirstOntario Centre with Parks Canada. On Feb. 28, Parks Canada’s Learn to Camp event will feature fun-filled, family-friendly activities for up to 60 participants. Join us for the afternoon and evening to learn the basics of setting up a campsite, campfire activities and sleeping in a tent. For the evening, sit back and enjoy an action-packed hockey game as the Hamilton Bulldogs face off against the Charlotte Checkers at 7 p.m. Dinner, game tickets and breakfast are included. For more information or to book your spot, call 1-888-773-8888 or email information@pc.gc.ca.

 

WEEKEND PROMOS
Every weekend Bulldogs game offers a great promotion! Every Friday home game is Y108 $3 Beer Night, with $3 beers until puck drop and live music in the Molson Canadian Hockey House. Saturdays will once again be Family Night, featuring special meal offers courtesy of Maple Lodge Farms. And every Sunday will be the Kids’ Game, with post-game autographs and skate for children aged 14 and under.

WINNING WEEKDAYS
If the Bulldogs win on a weekday night (Monday to Thursday) at home, everyone in attendance at that game will receive a free ticket voucher to the next weekday night game. If the ‘Dogs win their last weekday game of the season, everyone in attendance can redeem their voucher on Fan Appreciation Night on Saturday, April 18.

 

BULLDOGS MERCHANDISE

Fans can get all their Bulldogs merchandise at shop.hamiltonbulldogs.com or 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.


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 or smartphone. 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.

CATCH THE ‘DOGS ON HAMILTON’S CABLE 14
Watch 16 Bulldogs games this season live in high definition on Hamilton’s Cable 14, including every single Friday night home game! Cable 14 will also carry March 28’s road game when the ‘Dogs visit the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum at 3 p.m. For more information, visit www.cable14.com.

 

LISTEN LIVE ON HAMILTON’S AM900 CHML

Listen to all Bulldogs regular season and post-season games live on Hamilton’s AM900 CHML or on www.900chml.com. Play-by-play announcer Matt Holmes calls the action for all regular season and post-season games and is joined by colour commentator Al Craig for home games. AM900 CHML broadcasts feature a pre-game show hosted by Rick Zamperin and post-game show hosted by Anthony Urciuoli.

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Recap – Marlies vs Bulldogs: Condon Shuts Out Baby Leafs Before Packed Arena

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(Photo by Brandon Taylor / Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club)

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report 

HAMILTON ON, — The Hamilton Bulldogs hosted QEW rivals, the Toronto Marlies, at a packed FirstOntario Centre for First Responders Night, and the debut of highly touted Toronto Maple Leafs’ prospect William Nylander.

It was a really exciting night in Hamilton because for the first time this season (school day game excluded) the Bulldogs played in front of a jammed, highly energetic, crowd of 10,451, and a sold out lower-bowl.

The hype leading into the game was mainly because of the debut for Swedish forward Nylander. But the other exciting part was the Bulldogs dedicated the night to Hamilton’s first responders and that was special.

Friday’s Bulldogs game concluded their season-long seven game homestand having won the past two games last weekend against the Grand Rapids Griffins. Hamilton entered the game with a 18-17-6 record with 42 points and third in the North Division.

However, despite the Marlies tough start to the first half of the 2014-15 AHL season, Toronto entered the contest with 40 points, two behind the Bulldogs and were 7-0-3 in their last ten games.

But tonight, the Bulldogs extended their winning streak to three games adding two more points for a total of 44, four points more than the Marlies.

The first two periods of play at FirstOntario were scoreless. Yes, you read that right. Both teams were getting a ton of rubber on net, but goaltenders Mike Condon for the Bulldogs and Antoine Bibeau for the Marlies were making a ton of saves.

In the first period, Ryan Rupert took the lone penalty for the Marlies and the Bulldogs got their first power-play opportunity of the game. But they did not convert.

In the middle frame, the Marlies took three penalties and the Bulldogs two, but there still was no score after forty minutes of play in front of a very loud crowd.

The third and final period of the game was where we saw a lot more action and scoring.

Bulldogs captain Gabriel Dumont opened the scoring just 28 seconds into the third period after he received the puck in the neutral zone, flying down the wing to snipe it by Bibeau.

The Bulldogs extended their lead on the power-play just a couple minutes after the Dumont goal, with Daniel Carr putting the puck by Bibeau on a two-on-one rush.

Moments after the the Carr goal, Greg Pateryn headed off to the dressing room after getting crunched into the end boards.  Something caught him in the face as there was some blood on the ice. Pateryn returned to the game after getting some repairs done.

With 1:49 to go, Dumont scored his second of the game with an empty netter. The Bulldogs held on to take the 3-0 shutout win over the Marlies on Friday night.

The two teams are back at it tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.

 

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Bulldogs Open Upper Bowl for Battle with Rival Marlies

LOWER BOWL SOLD OUT, BULLDOGS OPEN UPPER BOWL FOR FRIDAY’S AHL “BATTLE OF ONTARIO” WITH MARLIES
Upper bowl tickets available for $20 in advance, $24 at the door

Hamilton Bulldogs Media Release

(Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)
(Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)

HAMILTON, ONT. – Hamilton Bulldogs President Stephen Ostaszewicz announced today that the lower bowl of FirstOntario Centre (8,819 capacity) has sold out for Friday’s game against the Toronto Marlies. Ostaszewicz also announced the hockey club has opened the arena’s upper bowl and that $20 advance tickets are on sale now.

“It is with great pleasure that we announce today’s sell out of the lower bowl for Friday’s matchup with the Toronto Marlies,” said Ostaszewicz. “The Marlies are a very strong draw for our hockey club and because of that we will be opening the upper bowl of FirstOntario Centre on Friday to ensure that we can accommodate as many guests as possible into the building.”

Recording artist Vanessa Marie Carter will perform live in the Molson Canadian Hockey House, located on the main concourse of FirstOntario Centre, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. and during the first and second intermissions. Friday is also Y108 $3 Beer Night from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

Advance upper bowl tickets for Friday’s contest, scheduled for 7:30 p.m., are $20 and available at the FirstOntario Centre box office, any Ticketmaster location, online at www.ticketmaster.ca or through charge-by-phone at 1-866-DOGS-TIX (1-866-364-7849).

Upper bowl tickets can also be purchased for $24 at the FirstOntario Centre box office on game day. All seat holds for season-ticket or flex-ticket redemption will be released 90 minutes prior to game time (6 p.m.).

Friday’s game, the eighth of 12 regular season contests between the Bulldogs and the Marlies in 2014-15, marks the fourth of five games between the two teams at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton. The 18-17-6-0 Bulldogs, who are currently in third place in the North Division, are 4-2-1-0 versus their fourth-placed, 17-16-6-0 North Division rival Marlies. The Bulldogs have an all-time record of 53-44-8-8 in 113 regular season games versus the Marlies.

For more information on Hamilton Bulldogs flex tickets, group tickets and single-game tickets, call 1-866-DOGS-TIX or visit hamiltonbulldogs.com.

Listen to all Bulldogs regular season and post-season games live on Hamilton’s AM 900 CHML, on www.900chml.com or watch live on www.ahllive.com. Catch every Friday night home game live in high definition on Cable 14.