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GAME PREVIEW: BULLDOGS @ HEAT

By: Hamilton Bulldogs
02/01/2014 1:20 AM -

ABBOTSFORD, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Hamilton Bulldogs (20-19-0-4) will look to avenge Friday night’s 6-0 loss to the Abbotsford Heat (27-14-3-1) on Saturday evening as they take on the Heat for the second straight night at the Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre.

Tonight’s game marks the sixth match up between the Bulldogs and Heat this season, as well as the fourth and final meeting in Abbotsford in 2013-2014. The ‘Dogs have collected at least a point in four of the five meetings against the Heat so far this season, holding a 2-1-0-2 record overall. In their games previous to last night, Hamilton swept a weekend series in Abbotsford with back-to-back wins on January 3rd and 4th, while the Heat edged the Bulldogs 3-2 in a shootout in both meetings in Hamilton so far this season.

The ‘Dogs had their season-best, six-game road winning streak snapped at the hands of the Heat last night. With Friday’s loss, Hamilton has now dropped four of its past five contests and holds a record of 5-5-0-0 over its past 10 games.

With last night’s win, the Heat crept to within two points of first place in the Western Conference standings. The Abbotsford club is 4-4-2-0 over its past 10 match ups.

Quick Notes
- There are currently five Ontario-born players on the Heat roster: F Josh Jooris (Burlington), F Corey Locke (Toronto), D John Ramage (Mississauga), D Derek Smith (Belleville) and D Shane O’Brien (Port Hope).
- Abbotsford forwards Markus Granlund and Corban Knight are fifth and sixth in American Hockey League rookie scoring, respectively. Granlund leads all rookies in goals with 18.
- Heat forward Blair Jones has scored four of his 10 goals on the season in his two games against the Bulldogs.
- ‘Dogs forward Louis Leblanc, assigned to Hamilton from the Montreal Canadiens earlier this week, had a team-high four shots on net last night in his return to the lineup.
- Hamilton’s 6-0 loss to Abbotsford last night was their largest margin of defeat this season.
- The Bulldogs have earned at least a point in 10 of 13 Saturday games this season (8-3-0-2).

Match Up
Record
Hamilton: 20-19-0-4 (44 points, 3rd North Division, 10th Western Conference)
Abbotsford: 27-14-3-1 (58 points, 2nd West Division, 4th Western Conference)

Goals for per game
Hamilton: 2.37
Abbotsford: 3.02

Goals against per game
Hamilton: 2.74
Abbotsford: 2.71

Power play
Hamilton: 13.2% (T-27th)
Abbotsford: 23.1% (2nd)

Penalty kill
Hamilton: 83.6% (11th)
Abbotsford: 77.7% (27th)

Skater stats
Hamilton
Abbotsford

Goalie stats
Hamilton
Abbotsford

Rosters
Abbotsford
Hamilton

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