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GAME PREVIEW: BULLDOGS @ MARLIES

By: Hamilton Bulldogs
12/24/2013 1:50 PM -

TORONTO, ONTARIO – The American Hockey League’s Battle of Ontario resumes on Boxing Day as the Hamilton Bulldogs and Toronto Marlies go head-to-head at 1:00 p.m. at Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

Thursday’s game will mark the seventh of 12 scheduled match ups between the Marlies and Bulldogs this season and will also be the first half of a home-and-home series, with Toronto set to visit Hamilton on Friday evening at Copps Coliseum. The last time these two teams met on Friday, December 13th at Copps Coliseum, the Marlies topped the Bulldogs 4-1. In six games so far this season, Hamilton is 2-4-0-0 against Toronto.

The ‘Dogs will come out of their brief holiday break looking to end a five-game losing streak. Hamilton did earn a point in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Abbotsford Heat on Sunday afternoon at Copps Coliseum after losing the previous four contests in regulation. The last time the Bulldogs won on the road was against the Marlies, 2-1 on Saturday, December 7th at Ricoh Coliseum.

The Marlies have been hot as of late, with wins in four of their past five games and seven of their past 10.

Quick Notes
- There are currently 10 Ontario-born players on the Marlies roster: 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), F David Broll (Mississauga), F Josh Leivo (Innisfil), F Kory Nagy (London) and F Mike Duco (Toronto).
- Marlies defenceman T.J. Brennan and forward Spencer Abbott are tied for eighth in the American Hockey League in points with 27. Abbott also sits second in the league in assists with 22, while Brennan leads all AHL defencemen in goals with 12 in addition to being tops among blueliners in points.
- Toronto goaltender Drew MacIntyre leads all AHL goaltenders in wins with 14.
- Hamilton defenceman Joel Chouinard scored his first goal as a Bulldog in Sunday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Heat.
- Bulldogs forward Gabriel Dumont has recorded an even or better plus/minus rating in each of his past 10 contests.
- Hamilton is 10-1-0-0 when allowing two or fewer goals this season.

Match Up
Record
Hamilton: 12-14-0-4 (28 points, 4th North Division)
Toronto: 16-9-1-1 (34 points, 1st North Division)

Goals for per game
Hamilton: 2.43 (26th)
Toronto: 2.85 (13th)

Goals against per game
Hamilton: 2.93 (17th)
Toronto: 2.41 (3rd)

Power play
Hamilton: 14.7% (T-23rd)
Toronto: 17.0% (15th)

Penalty kill
Hamilton: 83.8% (13th)
Toronto: 82.5% (15th)

Skater stats
Hamilton
Toronto

Goalie stats
Hamilton
Toronto

Rosters
Hamilton
Toronto

Note: Thursday’s game will be broadcast live on TVA Sports.

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.

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.

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

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