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GAME PREVIEW: BULLDOGS @ CRUNCH

By: Hamilton Bulldogs
03/15/2014 9:55 AM -

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – The Hamilton Bulldogs will look for a third straight win against the Syracuse Crunch this season on Saturday evening when the two teams meet at War Memorial at Oncenter in Syracuse, New York at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday’s game will be the third of four meetings between the Bulldogs and Crunch this season, as well as the second and final matchup in Syracuse. The last time these two teams met November 23rd, Bulldogs goaltender Dustin Tokarski earned a 43-save shutout against his former club on their ice in a 3-0 Hamilton win. That game was the second half of a home-and-home series in which the ‘Dogs topped the Crunch 4-1 the previous evening at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

Syracuse comes into Saturday’s game with back-to-back home victories, including a 3-2 overtime triumph over the Hershey Bears on Friday evening. The Crunch is 6-3-1-0 in its past 10 games.

Hamilton has dropped four straight contests, including a 5-1 road loss to the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins on Friday evening. The Bulldogs are 3-7-0-0 in their past 10 matches.

Quick Notes
- The Crunch has just two Ontario-born players on its roster: F Mike Angelidis (Woodbridge) and F Dalton Smith (Oshawa).
- There are three former Bulldogs on the Crunch roster: F Eric Neilson, D Jean-Philippe Cote and G Cedrick Desjardins.
- Syracuse forward Vladislav Namestnikov has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past six games.
- Hamilton forward Martin St. Pierre is currently on a three-game assist streak, recording four assists over that span.
- Hamilton forward Mike Blunden has six points (three goals, three assists) in five games in March.
- Despite the ‘Dogs being out-scored 15-5 in defenceman Davis Drewiske’s first four games with the club, he has had an even plus-minus in each game.

Match Up
Record
Hamilton: 25-29-1-4 (55 points, 5th North Division, 15th Western Conference)
Syracuse: 24-26-4-5 (57 points, 5th East Division, 13th Eastern Conference)

Goals for per game
Hamilton: 2.37 (T-28th)
Syracuse: 2.61 (24th)

Goals against per game
Hamilton: 2.93 (18th)
Syracuse: 3.00 (20th)

Power play
Hamilton: 13.4% (29th)
Syracuse: 15.9% (21st)

Penalty kill
Hamilton: 81.6% (18th)
Syracuse 82.1% (16th)

Skater stats
Hamilton
Syracuse

Goalie stats
Hamilton
Syracuse

Rosters
Hamilton
Syracuse

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