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GAME PREVIEW: BULLDOGS @ AMERICANS

By: Hamilton Bulldogs
01/10/2014 9:58 AM -

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK – The Hamilton Bulldogs (17-14-0-4) will look to continue their current run as the hottest team in the American Hockey League tonight as they visit their North Division rivals, the Rochester Americans (14-13-3-3), at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York at 7:05 p.m. Hamilton has won five straight games and earned points in six consecutive contests.

Tonight’s game is the fifth of eight match ups between the Bulldogs and Americans this season, as well as the third of four meetings at Blue Cross Arena. Hamilton holds a 73-81-7-0-7 all-time record against Rochester, including a 1-3-0-0 head-to-head match up so far this season.

Besides the ‘Dogs run of five straight wins overall, they’ve also rattled off four consecutive victories on the road. Hamilton last played on Friday and Saturday of last week, when they grabbed back-to-back wins against the West Division-leading Abbotsford Heat on the road in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

The Amerks have been cold as of late, having lost four of their past five contests and six of their past 10. They last played on Wednesday, falling 3-1 to the Binghamton Senators at home.

Tonight’s game is also the first half of a home-and-home series, with Rochester set to return to Copps Coliseum tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m.

Quick Notes
- There are currently 10 Ontario-born players on the Americans roster: F Mike Zigomanis (Toronto), F Johnny McGuire (Peterborough), F Phil Varone (Vaughan), F Alex Hutchings (Burlington), F Dan Catenacci (Newmarket), F Brayden Irwin (Toronto), F Jamie Tardif (Welland), F Brandon MacLean (Burlington), D Nick Crawford (Caledon) and G Matt Hackett (London).
- Rochester forward Luke Adam sits tied for seventh in the AHL is goals with 14, despite playing in just 19 games so far this season.
- Amerks forward Phil Varone is tied for fifth in the AHL in assists with 23 and has had a point in each of his past three contests.
- Hamilton forward Mike Blunden has five points in his past four games.
- Bulldogs goaltender Robert Mayer has returned to the lineup after a stint with Geneve-Servette HC for the Spengler Cup tournament, from which he and the club came away victorious.
- The ‘Dogs are 17-5-0-4 when scoring two or more goals this season.

Match Up
Record
Hamilton: 17-14-0-4 (38 points, 2nd North Division)
Rochester: 14-13-3-3 (34 points, 4th North Division)

Goals for per game
Hamilton: 2.51 (24th)
Rochester: 2.79 (T-16th)

Goals against per game
Hamilton: 2.74 (12th)
Rochester: 3.09 (T-21st)

Power play
Hamilton: 14.5% (T-23rd)
Rochester: 19.0% (10th)

Penalty kill
Hamilton: 83.0% (14th)
Rochester: 78.2% (26th)

Skater stats
Hamilton
Rochester

Goalie stats
Hamilton
Rochester

Rosters
Hamilton
Rochester

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