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GAME PREVIEW: BULLDOGS @ MARLIES

By: Hamilton Bulldogs
03/15/2014 10:36 PM -

TORONTO, ONTARIO – With six wins through 11 games in the season series against the Toronto Marlies so far this season, the Hamilton Bulldogs will look to clinch bragging rights against their southern Ontario rivals in the 12th and final matchup between the two clubs in 2013-2014 on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.

The ‘Dogs have an overall record of 6-5-0-0 against the Marlies this season. Hamilton has won four of the past five games head-to-head with Toronto dating back to December 26th. The last time these two teams met back on March 1st, the Bulldogs left Toronto with a convincing 5-2 win, thanks in large part to a three-point night from forward Mike Blunden.

Toronto has alternated wins and losses over its past six contests, going 3-2-0-1 over that span. Prior to that, the Marlies had rattled off four straight home wins, giving them a record of 7-2-0-1 over their past 10 games. They last played on Friday night, edging the Rochester Americans 2-1 in an overtime road win.

Hamilton ended a four-game losing streak last night by edging the Syracuse Crunch 2-1 in a shootout. With 31 saves, goaltender Robert Mayer bested Syracuse netminder Kristers Gudlevskis in the goalie duel, while Blunden notched the only goal of the shootout after the 17 skaters before him either missed or were stopped. Sunday’s contest will be the third road game in as many days for the ‘Dogs, who dropped their first weekend match to the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins 5-1 on Friday evening. Hamilton is 4-6-0-0 in its past 10 games.

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 Trevor Smith (Ottawa), F Jamie Devane (Mississauga) and D Stuart Percy (Oakville).
- There are two Marlies amongst the top-five scorers in the American Hockey League: forward Spencer Abbott (third – 64 points) and defenceman T.J. Brennan (fifth – 60 points). Brennan leads all defencemen in goals (21) and is third amongst defencemen in assists (39), while Abbott leads the league in assists (48).
- In four appearances in March, Bulldogs goaltender Robert Mayer has a record of 2-1-0 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .931 save percentage.
- Hamilton defenceman Morgan Ellis leads the team in plus-minus at +8.
- The Bulldogs are 7-5-1-0 in games following a win on the road so far this season.

Match Up
Record
Hamilton: 26-29-1-4 (57 points, 4th North Division, 14th Western Conference)
Toronto: 35-19-2-3 (75 points, 1st North Division, 3rd Western Conference)

Goals for per game
Hamilton: 2.37
Toronto: 2.92

Goals against per game
Hamilton: 2.90
Toronto: 2.54

Power play
Hamilton: 13.1% (29th)
Toronto: 19.9% (10th)

Penalty kill
Hamilton: 81.8% (17th)
Toronto: 84.4% (7th)

Skater stats
Hamilton
Toronto

Goalie stats
Hamilton
Toronto

Rosters
Hamilton
Toronto

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