FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 21st, 2013
All statistics include games through Sunday, October 20th
The Hamilton Bulldogs (1-1-0-2) are set to play four games over the next week, including three at home and one on the road.
On Tuesday, October 22nd, the Bulldogs will host the Rockford IceHogs (American Hockey League Affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks) at Copps Coliseum at 7:30 p.m.
On Friday, October 25th, Hamilton’s division rivals, the Rochester Americans (AHL Affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres) will be in town for a 7:30 p.m. start in the first of eight meetings between the two teams this season. Friday will also be Student Night at Copps Coliseum.
On Saturday, October 26th, the ‘Dogs will travel to Utica, New York to face new division rivals, the Utica Comets (AHL Affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks) at Utica Memorial Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
Hamilton rounds out the busy week back at Copps Coliseum on Sunday when the Toronto Marlies (AHL Affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs) come to town for a 3:00 p.m. start in this season’s second round of the AHL’s Battle of Ontario.
THIS WEEK’S GAME SCHEDULE / BROADCASTS (All times Eastern)
Tuesday, October 22nd vs. Rockford IceHogs, Copps Coliseum, 7:30 p.m. – AM 900 CHML
Friday, October 25th vs. Rochester Americans, Copps Coliseum, 7:30 p.m. – AM 900 CHML, Cable 14
Saturday, October 26th at Utica Comets, Utica Memorial Auditorium, 7:00 p.m. – AM 900 CHML
Sunday, October 27th vs. Toronto Marlies, Copps Coliseum, 3:00 p.m. – AM 900 CHML
BULLDOGS AT A GLANCE
Record: 1-1-0-2, 4 points … Home: 1-0-0-1, 3 points … Road: 0-1-0-1, 1 point … Standings: 4th North Division, T-12th Western Conference … Last 10 games: 1-1-0-2 … Longest winning streak: 1 (October 11th) …Longest losing streak: 3 (October 12th – October 20th) … Leading scorers: D Greg Pateryn (4 GP 2-2-4), F Mike Blunden (3 GP 2-1-3), Six tied at 2 points … Goaltenders: Robert Mayer (2 GP 0-1-1, 2.43 GAA, .928 Save %, 0 SO), Dustin Tokarski (2 GP 1-0-1, 1.92 GAA, .934 Save %, 0 SO) … Power play – Home: 1-for-9, 11.1 per cent, T-22nd AHL … Road: 1-for-12, 8.3 per cent, 22nd AHL … Overall: 2-for-21, 9.5 per cent, 26th AHL … Penalty killing – Home: 3-for-15, 80.0 per cent, T-19th AHL … Road: 3-for-12, 75.0 per cent, T-18th AHL … Overall: 6-for-27, 77.8 per cent, T-20th AHL … Goals for per game: 2.25, T-24th AHL … Goals against per game: 2.75, 11th AHL
OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE
ROCKFORD ICEHOGS (Affiliation: Chicago Blackhawks) – Head Coach: Ted Dent … Record: 4-2-0-0, 8 points …Home: 1-0-0-0, 2 points … Road: 3-2-0-0, 6 points … Standings: 1st Midwest Division, T-2nd Western Conference … Leading scorer: D Adam Clendening (6 GP 2-6-8) … Leading goaltender: Kent Simpson (3 GP 2-1-0, 2.77 GAA, .932 Save %, 0 SO) … Power play: 4-for-24, 16.7 per cent, 18th AHL … Penalty killing: 6-for-27, 77.8 per cent, T-20th AHL … Goals for per game: 3.50, T-6th AHL … Goals against per game: 3.33, T-20th AHL … Last 10 games: 4-2-0-0 … All-time series: 8-0-1-1 … Last season: 2-0-0-0 … First-round NHL picks: F Phillip Danault (Chicago, 2011), F Mark McNeill (Chicago, 2011), D Dylan Olsen (Chicago, 2009) … Ontario-born players: D Theo Peckham (Richmond Hill)
ROCHESTER AMERICANS (Affiliation: Buffalo Sabres) – Head Coach: Chadd Cassidy … Record: 3-2-0-0, 6 points … Home: 3-1-0-0, 6 points … Road: 0-1-0-0, 0 points … Standings: T-2nd North Division, T-6th Western Conference … Leading scorer: F Luke Adam (5 GP 5-2-7), F Phil Varone (5 GP 1-6-7) … Leading goaltender:Nathan Lieuwen (4 GP 2-0-0, 2.31 GAA, .930 Save %, 0 SO) … Power play: 6-for-23, 26.1 per cent, 4th AHL …Penalty killing: 8-for-29, 72.4 per cent, T-24th AHL … Goals for per game: 3.20, 11th AHL … Goals against per game: 3.80, 26th AHL … Last 10 games: 3-2-0-0 … All-time series: 72-78-7-0-7 … Last season: 2-9-0-1 …First-round NHL picks: F Colton Gillies (Minnesota, 2007), D Rasmus Ristolainen (Buffalo, 2013) … Ontario-born players: F Mike Zigomanis (Toronto), F Johnny McGuire (Peterborough), F Phil Varone (Vaughan), F Alex Hutchings (Burlington), F Matt Ellis (Welland), F Dan Catenacci (Newmarket), F Jamie Tardif (Welland), D Nick Crawford (Caledon)
UTICA COMETS (Affiliation: Vancouver Canucks) – Head Coach: Travis Green … Record: 0-3-0-0, 0 points …Home: 0-0-0-0, 0 points … Road: 0-3-0-0, 0 points … Standings: 5th North Division, 15th Western Conference …Leading scorer: F Pascal Pelletier (3 GP 2-4-6) … Leading goaltender: Joacim Eriksson (2 GP 0-2-0, 4.08 GAA, .852 Save %, 0 SO) … Power play: 2-for-9, 22.2 per cent, T-8th AHL … Penalty killing: 4-for-14, 71.4 per cent, 28th AHL … Goals for per game: 2.33, T-22nd AHL … Goals against per game: 4.33, 30th AHL … Last 10 games: 0-3-0-0 … All-time series: 0-0-0-0 … Last season: 0-0-0-0 … First-round NHL picks: F Zach Hamill (Boston, 2007) … Ontario-born players: F Alex Friesen (St. Catharines), F Kelsey Wilson (Sault Ste. Marie), F Kellan Lain (Oakville), F Zac Dalpe (Paris), F Brandon DeFazio (Etobicoke), F Darren Archibald (Newmarket), D Frank Corrado (Woodbridge)
TORONTO MARLIES (Affiliation: Toronto Maple Leafs) – Head Coach: Steve Spott … Record: 4-1-0-0, 8 points …Home: 4-0-0-0, 8 points … Road: 0-1-0-0, 0 points … Standings: 1st North Division, T-2nd Western Conference …Leading scorer: D T.J. Brennan (5 GP 8-4-12) … Leading goaltender: Drew MacIntyre (4 GP 4-0-0, 1.98 GAA, .914 Save %, 0 SO) … Power play: 7-for-37, 18.9 per cent, 15th AHL … Penalty killing: 3-for-28, 89.3 per cent, 8th AHL … Goals for per game: 3.60, T-4th AHL … Goals against per game: 2.4, 9th AHL … Last 10 games: 4-1-0-0 … All-time series: 43-37-7-8 … Last season: 5-5-1-1 … This season: 0-1-0-0 … First-round NHL picks:F Tyler Biggs (Toronto, 2011), D Stuart Percy (Toronto, 2011), F Carter Ashton (Tampa Bay, 2009) … 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), D Jesse Blacker (Toronto), F Mike Duco (Toronto), F Stefan Legein (Oakville), F David Broll (Mississauga)
October 19th – D Nathan Beaulieu assigned by Montreal Canadiens to Hamilton Bulldogs
October 21st – F Mike Blunden recalled by Montreal Canadiens from Hamilton Bulldogs
October 21st – F Patrick Holland recalled by Montreal Canadiens from Hamilton Bulldogs
F Martin St. Pierre – Lower body – Day-to-day
PRACTICE / MORNING SKATE SCHEDULE (Subject to change)
Tuesday, October 22nd: Morning skate – 10:00 a.m. (Copps Coliseum)
Wednesday, October 23rd: Off day
Thursday, October 24th: Practice – 11:00 a.m. (Copps Coliseum)
Friday, October 25th: Morning skate – 10:00 a.m. (Copps Coliseum)
Saturday, October 26th: Morning skate – 11:15 a.m. (Utica, New York)
Sunday, October 27th: No morning skate
Monday, October 28th: Off day
Note: Practices and morning skates are closed to the public, unless otherwise specified.
WEEK-IN-REVIEW (October 14th – October 20th, 2013)
Friday, October 18th, 2013 – HAMILTON 2 @ LAKE ERIE 3 (SO)
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
Hamilton Goals: Nick Tarnasky (2)
Lake Erie Goals: Brad Malone (2)
Shootout Goals: Hamilton: N/A / Lake Erie: Mike Sgarbossa*, Bryan Lerg, Joey Hishon
Goaltending: Hamilton: Dustin Tokarski (2 GA, 24 SV) / Lake Erie: Sami Aittokallio (2 GA, 23 SV)
Power Play: Hamilton: 1-for-6 / Lake Erie: 1-for-4
* – Game-winning goal
Hamilton Bulldogs forward Nick Tarnasky notched two third period goals to get his club to overtime, but Lake Erie Monsters forwards Mike Sgarbossa, Bryan Lerg and Joey Hishon scored in the shootout to lift Lake Erie past Hamilton 3-2 on Friday night at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
Lake Erie forward Brad Malone paced the Monsters with two goals, his third and fourth of the season.
Hamilton goaltender Dustin Tokarski made 24 saves on 26 shots in defeat, while Lake Erie goaltender Sami Aittokallio made 23 saves on 25 shots in the victory.
Sunday, October 20th, 2013 – HAMILTON 1 @ TORONTO 2
Ricoh Coliseum, Toronto, Ontario
Hamilton Goals: Mike Blunden
Toronto Goals: T.J. Brennan, Carter Ashton*
Goaltending: Hamilton: Robert Mayer (2 GA, 26 SV) / Toronto: Drew MacIntyre (1 GA, 17 SV)
Power Play: Hamilton: 0-for-6 / Toronto: 2-for-8
* – Game-winning goal
Hamilton Bulldogs forward Mike Blunden scored 2:08 into the third period to break Toronto Marlies goaltender Drew MacIntyre’s shutout bid, but that was all the offense Hamilton could muster as they fell 2-1 to Toronto at Ricoh Coliseum on Sunday afternoon. Defenceman T.J. Brennan and forward Carter Ashton scored for Toronto.
Robert Mayer got the start in net for Hamilton, making 26 saves on 28 shots. MacIntyre made 17 saves in the win.
MOLSON CUP – THREE STAR LEADERS
(1st Star – 5 pts, 2nd Star – 3 pts, 3rd Star – 1 pt)
1. Mike Blunden
T2. Patrick Holland
T2. Robert Mayer
4. Nick Tarnasky
THE DAN LAWRIE INSURANCE PREMIUM PLAYER OF THE GAME
(10 pts – Hardest working Hamilton Bulldogs player)
1. Greg Pateryn
T2. Dustin Tokarski
T2. Robert Mayer
BULLDOGS FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES $125,000 CONTRIBUTION TO DAWGS BREAKFAST PROGRAM
Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club Owner and Bulldogs Foundation Chairman Michael Andlauer announced Monday that the Foundation will contribute $125,000 to 17 Hamilton area high-needs schools for its Dawgs Breakfast Program this school year.
Through consultation with representatives from both the HWDSB and HWCDSB, 13 elementary schools and two high schools were designated as Dawgs Breakfast Program beneficiaries for this school year: Adelaide Hoodless Elementary School, Bennetto Elementary School, Cathy Weaver Elementary School, Dr. Davey Elementary School, Hess Street Elementary School, Hillcrest Elementary School, Queen Victoria Elementary School, Roxborough Park Elementary School, St. Ann (Hamilton) Catholic School, St. Brigid Catholic School, St. Lawrence Catholic School, St. Michael Catholic School, St. Patrick Catholic School, Sir John A. McDonald Secondary School and Cathedral High School. Two additional schools supported under the previous program will continue to receive funding: Barton Secondary School and Parkview Secondary School.
The Bulldogs Foundation was established in 2007. The mission of the Foundation is to enrich the lives of children and youth in the Greater Hamilton Area through cash donations, gifts in kind and the assignment of tickets. By doing so, the Foundation aims to promote the creativity of interactive programs involving education, physical fitness and personal well-being. The main purpose of the Foundation is to strengthen and broaden the base of the Hamilton Bulldogs community support by providing funds to non-profit community groups and by supporting educational and community programs. Through the Foundation, the Bulldogs operate the Dawgs Breakfast Program, which has allowed over 2,000 students at high-needs Hamilton schools to start the day with a healthy and nutritious breakfast annually. With this increase in contribution, the reach of the Dawgs Breakfast Program will expand to 5,000 students this school year.
Hamilton Bulldogs season tickets, flex tickets and group tickets are on sale now. Starting as low as $140 for a 10 pack, 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. 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
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 onwww.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! Get the early bird special on an Away Pass before October 13th for just $99.99! 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.
THE 2013-2014 HAMILTON BULLDOGS SEASON IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY MOLSON CANADIAN
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