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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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