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GAME PREVIEW: BULLDOGS @ MARLIES

By: Hamilton Bulldogs
03/01/2014 10:08 AM -

TORONTO, ONTARIO – The Hamilton Bulldogs (24-25-1-4) will look to extend their winning streak to three games and take the lead in the season series with the Toronto Marlies (32-17-2-2) as the two teams go head-to-head today at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario at 3:00 p.m.

Today’s game marks the 11th of 12 matchups between the Bulldogs and Marlies this season. In their last meeting on February 9th at Ricoh Coliseum, Hamilton edged Toronto 4-3. So far this season, the ‘Dogs hold a 5-5-0-0 record against the Marlies. Hamilton’s all-time record against Toronto is 48-41-7-8.

The Marlies are on cruise control toward a playoff berth right now, leading the American Hockey League’s North Division by five points over the Rochester Americans and they’re up by 12 points on the ninth-place San Antonio Rampage in the Western Conference standings. Toronto has won four straight games and is 7-3-0-0 in its past 10. The Toronto Maple Leafs’ AHL affiliate last played on Wednesday, recording a 4-2 win over the Binghamton Senators.

After dropping six straight games at home, the Bulldogs have rattled off back-to-back wins in their past two games, both at home. The ‘Dogs dropped the Lake Erie Monsters last night, 3-2 in a shootout, to keep pace in the Western Conference playoff race. They now sit in 12th place in the Western Conference, seven points out of a playoff spot. Hamilton is 4-5-1-0 in its past 10 contests.

Quick Notes
- There are eight Ontario-born players on the Marlies roster: F Greg McKegg (St. Thomas), F Spencer Abbott (Hamilton), F Josh Leivo (Innisfil), F David Broll (Mississauga), F Sam Carrick (Markham), F Jamie Devane (Mississauga), F Mike Duco (Toronto) and D Stuart Percy (Oakville).
- Hamilton native and Marlies forward Spencer Abbott is tied for first in the AHL in assists with 44 and fourth in league scoring with 56 points. He has 14 points (two goals, 12 assists) in his last 10 games.
- Toronto goaltender Drew MacIntyre is tied for first in the league in wins with 24.
- Bulldogs rookie forward Sven Andrighetto regained a share of the club lead in goals last night with his 13th of the season.
- After just one goal and no assists in 10 games in January for Hamilton defenceman Greg Pateryn, he has been hot as of late with three goals and four assists in 11 games in February.

Match Up
Record
Hamilton: 24-25-1-4 (53 points, 3rd North Division, 12th Western Conference)
Toronto: 32-17-2-2 (68 points, 1st North Division, 3rd Western Conference)

Goals for per game
Hamilton: 2.41 (28th)
Toronto: 2.91 (17th)

Goals against per game
Hamilton: 2.89 (17th)
Toronto: 2.53 (3rd)

Power play
Hamilton: 14.3% (26th)
Toronto: 19.9% (9th)

Penalty kill
Hamilton: 82.3% (T-15th)
Toronto: 83.5% (T-11th)

Skater stats
Hamilton
Toronto

Goalie stats
Hamilton
Toronto

Rosters
Hamilton
Toronto

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