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Weekly Preview: Bulldogs Continue Homestand vs Admirals, Griffins

‘DOGS CONTINUE SEASON-LONG HOMESTAND WITH THREE GAMES THIS WEEK

Hamilton Bulldogs Weekly Release

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

HAMILTON, ON. — The Hamilton Bulldogs will look to rebound from a 1-2-0-0 record this past weekend as the ‘Dogs continue their season-long, seven-game homestand with three more home games this week.

On Wednesday, Jan. 14, the Bulldogs will host the Milwaukee Admirals (American Hockey League affiliate of the Nashville Predators) at FirstOntario Centre at 7:30 p.m. in the second and final game between the two teams this season, as well as Milwaukee’s only visit to Hamilton in 2014-15. The Ads won the first meeting of the season 4-1 on their home ice on Jan. 3.

On Friday, Jan. 16 and Saturday, Jan. 17, the ‘Dogs will be visited by the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings) in the first two of four matches between the clubs in 2014-15 and the only two at FirstOntario Centre. Friday’s game starts at 7:30 p.m., while Saturday’s game is a 7 p.m. puck drop.

THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE / BROADCASTS (All times Eastern)
Wednesday, Jan. 14 vs. Milwaukee Admirals, FirstOntario Centre, 7:30 p.m. – AHL Live, AM900 CHML
Friday, Jan. 16 vs. Grand Rapids Griffins, FirstOntario Centre, 7:30 p.m. – Cable 14, AHL Live, AM900 CHML
Saturday, Jan. 17 vs. Grand Rapids Griffins, FirstOntario Centre, 7 p.m. – AHL Live, AM900 CHML

(All statistics include games through Sunday, Jan. 11)

BULLDOGS AT A GLANCE
Record: 16-16-6-0, 38 points … Home: 8-9-3-0, 19 points … Road: 8-7-3-0, 19 points … Standings: T-3rd North Division, T-10th Western Conference … Last 10 games: 3-6-1-0 … Longest winning streak: 2 (Nov. 14 – Nov. 16, Nov. 21 – Nov. 23, Nov. 29 – Dec. 2) … Longest losing streak: 3 (Oct. 25 – Oct. 29; Nov. 7 – Nov. 13) … Leading scorers: F Charles Hudon (38 GP 11-23-34), F T.J. Hensick (38 GP 9-21-30), F Gabriel Dumont (35 GP 7-13-20) … Goaltenders: Mike Condon (20 GP 9-8-3, 2.23 GAA, .930 Save %, 1 SO), Joey MacDonald (16 GP 6-7-3, 2.96 GAA, .902 Save %, 0 SO) … Power play – Home: 10-for-83, 12.0 per cent, 24th AHL … Road: 8-for-67, 11.9 per cent, 23rd AHL … Overall: 18-for-150, 12.0 per cent, 29th AHL … Penalty killing – Home: 66-for-77, 85.7 per cent, T-7th AHL … Road: 62-for-71, 87.3 per cent, 8th AHL … Overall: 128-for-148, 86.5 per cent, 7th AHL … Goals for per game: 2.55, 22nd AHL … Goals against per game: 2.68, T-13th AHL

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS (Affiliation: Nashville Predators) – Head Coach: Dean Evason … Record: 19-12-2-3, 43 points … Home: 10-7-1-1, 22 points … Road: 9-5-1-2, 21 points … Standings: 2nd Midwest Division, 6th Western Conference … Leading scorer: F Brendan Leipsic (34 GP 4-21-25) … Leading goaltender: Magnus Hellberg (16 GP 8-4-2, 1.77 GAA, .933 Save %, 2 SO) … Power play: 22-for-142, 15.5 per cent, 20th AHL … Penalty killing: 119-for-143, 83.2 per cent, 16th AHL … Goals for per game: 2.81, 11th AHL … Goals against per game: 2.42, 7th AHL … Last 10 games: 6-2-2-0 … All-time series: 15-16-1-1-2 … Last season: 1-1-0-0 … This season: 0-1-0-0 … First-round NHL picks: F Austin Watson (Nashville Predators, 2010) … Ontario-born players: F Michael Liambas (Woodbridge), F Richard Clune (Toronto)

GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS (Affiliation: Detroit Red Wings) – Head Coach: Jeff Blashill … Record: 19-12-3-1, 42 points … Home: 9-6-2-1, 21 points … Road: 10-6-1-0, 21 points … Standings: 3rd Midwest Division, 7th Western Conference … Leading scorer: F Teemu Pulkkinen (33 GP 20-19-39) … Leading goaltender: Jared Coreau (9 GP 6-2-1, 1.83 GAA, .938 Save %, 1 SO) … Power play: 25-for-140, 17.9 per cent, 9th AHL … Penalty killing: 107-for-127, 84.3 per cent, T-13th AHL … Goals for per game: 3.14, T-5th AHL … Goals against per game: 2.54, 8th AHL … Last 10 games: 7-2-0-1 … All-time series: 37-30-1-3-5 … Last season: 1-1-0-2 … This season: 0-0-0-0 … First-round NHL picks: F Anthony Mantha (Detroit, 2013) … Ontario-born players: F Colin Campbell (Toronto), F Andreas Athanasiou (London), D Ryan Sproul (Mississauga), G Jared Coreau (Perth)

TRANSACTIONS
Jan. 10 – F Sven Andrighetto assigned by Montreal Canadiens to Hamilton Bulldogs
Jan. 8 – F Christian Thomas recalled by Montreal Canadiens from Hamilton Bulldogs
Jan. 8 – F Stefan Fournier assigned by Montreal Canadiens to Wheeling Nailers
Jan. 6 – D Bryan Allen assigned by Montreal Canadiens to Hamilton Bulldogs
Jan. 6 – F Jacob de la Rose assigned by Montreal Canadiens to Hamilton Bulldogs from IIHF World Junior Championship

INJURY REPORT
F Connor Crisp – Upper and lower body (Day-to-day)
D Magnus Nygren – Upper body (Day-to-day)
F Eric Tangradi – Upper body (Four weeks)
D Jarred Tinordi – Upper body (Day-to-day)

PRACTICE / MORNING SKATE SCHEDULE (Subject to change)
Wednesday, Jan. 14: Morning skate – 10 a.m. – FirstOntario Centre
Thursday, Jan. 15: Practice – 11 a.m. – FirstOntario Centre
Friday, Jan. 16: Morning skate – 10 a.m. – FirstOntario Centre
Saturday, Jan. 17: Morning skate – 10 a.m. – FirstOntario Centre
Sunday, Jan. 18: Off day
Monday, Jan. 19: Practice – 10 a.m. – FirstOntario Centre
Tuesday, Jan. 20: Practice – 10 a.m. – FirstOntario Centre
Note: Practices and morning skates are closed to the public, unless otherwise specified.

WEEK-IN-REVIEW (Jan. 5-11)
Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 – UTICA 0 @ HAMILTON 3
FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, Ont.
Utica Goals: N/A
Hamilton Goals: Nick Sorkin*, Maxime Macenauer, Jacob de la Rose
Goaltending: Utica: Joacim Eriksson (2 GA, 30 SV) / Hamilton: Mike Condon (0 GA, 27 SV)
Power Play: Utica: 0-for-4 / Hamilton: 0-for-3
* – Game-winning goal

Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 – LAKE ERIE 2 @ HAMILTON 1
FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, Ont.
Lake Erie Goals: Joey Hishon, Trevor Cheek*
Hamilton Goals: Charles Hudon
Goaltending: Lake Erie: Calvin Pickard (1 GA, 23 SV) / Hamilton: Mike Condon (2 GA, 27 SV)
Power Play: Lake Erie: 0-for-3 / Hamilton: 0-for-5
* – Game-winning goal

Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015 – OKLAHOMA CITY 3 @ HAMILTON 0
FirstOntario Centre, Hamilton, Ont.
Oklahoma City Goals: Jason Williams*, Iiro Pakarinen, Andrew Miller
Hamilton Goals: N/A
Goaltending: Oklahoma City: Richard Bachman (0 GA, 26 SV) / Hamilton: Joey MacDonald (2 GA, 28 SV)
Power Play: Oklahoma City: 0-for-2 / Hamilton: 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
30
2. Sven Andrighetto
20
3. Charles Hudon
19
4. Daniel Carr
15
T5. T.J. Hensick
13
T5. Gabriel Dumont
13
7. Christian Thomas
8
T8. Mac Bennett
5
T8. Jake Dowell
5
T8. Joey MacDonald
5
T11. Michael Bournival
4
T11. Darren Dietz
4
T11. Nick Sorkin
4
T14. Eric Tangradi
3
T14. Greg Pateryn
3
16. Nathan Beaulieu
2
17. Maxime Macenauer
1

THE DAN LAWRIE INSURANCE PREMIUM PLAYER OF THE GAME
(Hardest-working Hamilton Bulldogs player)
Player
Selections
1. Charles Hudon
8
2. Gabriel Dumont
4
T3. Eric Tangradi
2
T3. Mike Condon
2
T3. Davis Drewiske
2
T3. Greg Pateryn
2
T3. Christian Thomas
2
T3. Mac Bennett
2
T3. Drayson Bowman
2
T10. Joey MacDonald
1
T10. Jack Nevins
1
T10. Darren Dietz
1
T10. Sven Andrighetto
1
T10. Maxime Macenauer
1
T10. Magnus Nygren
1
T10. Nick Sorkin
1
T10. Michael Bournival
1
T10. Jarred Tinordi
1
T10. Dustin Tokarski
1
T10. T.J. Hensick
1
T10. Jacob de la Rose
1

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