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GAME PREVIEW: BULLDOGS @ MONSTERS

By: Hamilton Bulldogs
12/06/2013 9:31 AM -

CLEVELAND, OHIO – The Hamilton Bulldogs (10-9-0-3) have a chance to jump into a tie for first place in the American Hockey League’s North Division tonight as they take on the Lake Erie Monsters (11-9-0-1) at 7:30 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

Tonight’s game is the fifth of 10 match ups between the Bulldogs and the Monsters this season, as well as the third of five in Cleveland. In their first four meetings this season, each club has earned a regulation win and a shootout win. Tonight’s game will also be the second of three games between the ‘Dogs and Monsters over a nine-day stretch. The division rivals will also face off on Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at Copps Coliseum.

In Hamilton’s last game, on Saturday, November 30th, the ‘Dogs tied up the season series with the Monsters with a convincing 4-1 victory, led by two goals from forward Patrick Holland and a 27-save performance by goaltender Dustin Tokarski.

The Monsters will be playing for the second consecutive day at home tonight. They topped the North Division-leading Toronto Marlies 2-1 last night at the ‘Q’.

Hamilton and Lake Erie currently sit tied for third in a tight North Division, which currently has two points separating the top four teams.

Quick Notes
- There are currently six Ontario-born players on the Monsters roster: F Andrew Agozzino (Kleinburg), F Garrett Meurs (Ripley), F Joey Hishon (Stratford), F Mike Sgarbossa (Campbellville), F Mitchell Heard (Bowmanville) and D Daniel Maggio (Windsor).
- Monsters goaltenders Sami Aittokallio and Calvin Pickard have alternated starts in each of the past four games.
- On Thursday, the Bulldogs recalled forward Ben Duffy from the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers and signed forward Scott Zurevinski to a 25-game professional try out contract.
- Hamilton forwards Martin St. Pierre and Christian Thomas have combined for 14 points over the past four games.
- The Bulldogs are 4-3-0-1 in Friday games this season.

Match Up
Record
Hamilton: 10-9-0-3 (T-3rd North Division)
Lake Erie: 11-9-0-1 (T-3rd North Division)

Goals for per game
Hamilton: 2.68 (19th)
Lake Erie: 2.76 (17th)

Goals against per game
Hamilton: 2.86 (T-15th)
Lake Erie: 3.00 (T-20th)

Power play
Hamilton: 15.4% (19th)
Lake Erie: 18.3% (11th)

Penalty kill
Hamilton: 84.1% (T-10th)
Lake Erie: 84.3% (9th)

Skater stats
Hamilton
Lake Erie

Goalie stats
Hamilton
Lake Erie

Rosters
Hamilton
Lake Erie

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 hamiltonbulldogs.com. 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. 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.

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THE 2013-2014 HAMILTON BULLDOGS SEASON IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY MOLSON CANADIAN

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