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TONIGHT'S GAME PREVIEW: BULLDOGS at BEARS


12/08/2012 - TONIGHT’S GAME NOTES
 
HAMILTON BULLDOGS at HERSHEY BEARS
Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 7:00 PM
GIANT Center

REFEREE: Terry Koharski (10)
LINESMEN: Scott Adams (20) & Bob Fyrer (72)

BEARS vs. BULLDOGS:  Tonight’s matchup is the first of two meetings between the HERSHEY BEARS and Hamilton Bulldogs.  Hamilton is the top AHL developmental affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens.
 
ALL-TIME:  Tonight’s game is the 27th in regular-season history between the BEARS and Bulldogs, and is the first time that the teams are playing a regular-season game since February 11, 2009.  HERSHEY holds an all-time record of 13-10-3 (W – L/OTL – T/SOL) against Hamilton.
 
THE LAST TIME:  That last contest featured a 4-2 win for Hamilton in a game played at GIANT Center.  Kyle Wilson and Graham Mink tallied for the BEARS in the setback, while David Desharnais, Yanick Lehoux, Kyle Chipchura and Ben Maxwell all lit the lamp for the Bulldogs.  Brock Trotter set up two of the ‘Dogs goals, while goaltender Marc Denis helped his team’s cause by posting a 36-save effort in the Hamilton net.
 
2012-13 SEASON SERIES:
Sat. December 8, 2012 HAMILTON GIANT Center  
Fri. February 15, 2013 @Hamilton Copps Coliseum  
                               
RECENT RECAPS:  Aiming for their third consecutive road victory, the BEARS traveled up Interstate 81 for their fifth matchup of the season against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.  Just one night earlier, a crowd of 18,506 packed Verizon Center in the nation’s capital to watch the BEARS battle to a 2-1 victory over the Norfolk Admirals.  Building off of that momentum and playing a Penguins team that came into the contest winners of five in a row, the BEARS got the jump they needed early in the game.  Mattias Sjogren began a fine night by gliding in front of Steve Oleksy’s point shot and tipping the puck past Penguins goaltender Jeff Zatkoff, giving the BEARS a 1-0 lead.  The Penguins would take a 2-1 lead on a power-play goal by Benn Ferriero and a strike at even strength from Simon Despres.  Late in the opening period, the BEARS would knot the score when Mathieu Beaudoin found the rebound of Boyd Kane’s tip shot in front and scooped it into the net.  Once again, the Penguins would strike, and this time the BEARS would do one better.  On Robert Bortuzzo’s first goal of the season, the Penguins again took a lead, this time 3-2.  But the BEARS got the equalizer from Jon DiSalvatore, and then the go-ahead marker from Tomas Kundratek, to grab a 4-3 edge late in the second.  The Penguins would again battle back to even the contest 4-4 when Eric Tangradi sent a wrist shot short side on Dany Sabourin for another power play goal.  After the remainder of the third period went by scoreless, the BEARS forced a turnover at their own blue line with less than two minutes left in the overtime.  T.J. Syner and Kevin Marshall took off on a two-on-one rush, and Marshall whacked his own rebound underneath Zatkoff with 1:42 left in the extra session for the win.
 
Meanwhile Hamilton visited Syracuse last night and was charged with the task of forcing the Crunch to two consecutive losses – something that hasn’t been accomplished by an opponent since last spring.  The Bulldogs dug themselves into an early 3-1 hole, and were unable to get back in the game.  Aaron Palushaj scored for Hamilton after Syracuse’s Ondrej Palat, Brett Connolly and Matt Taormina all lit the lamp in succession.  Neither team scored in the middle frame, but Alex Killorn and Pierre-Cedric Labrie added third-period goals to push the Crunch to a 5-1 win and keep them in first place in the East Division.
 
EAST DIVISION STANDINGS (as of December 8):
POS TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS WIN% GF GA
1. Syracuse 21 14 5 1 1 30 .714 79 56
2. Binghamton 19 13 4 1 1 28 .737 63 45
3. W-B/Scranton 21 13 7 1 0 27 .643 62 51
4. HERSHEY 23 11 11 1 0 23 .500 62 67
5. Norfolk 21 9 12 0 0 18 .429 60 67
 
THE HERO:  D Kevin Marshall scored his first career HERSHEY goal last night against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and it came in a big way – the overtime game-winner – helping him earn the number two star of the game.
 
SAL STARS:RW Jon DiSalvatore put up another strong game last night, scoring one goal, setting up another and earning number one star honors.  DiSalvatore has recorded (5-4-9) and a plus-7 rating in his last six games.
 
TAFFEONTOP:  C Jeff Taffe added one assist last night, and remains at the top of the BEARS scoring leaderboard with (6-15-21) in 23 games.  Taffe is also tied for ninth overall in the AHL scoring race.
 
HAMILL TIME:  C Zach Hamill added two assists in last night’s victory to continue his recent success.  Hamill has strung together 10 games with an even or better plus-minus rating, and has a cumulative plus-11 in that time.  He has also helped on the score sheet with four goals and 11 assists in those 10 games.
 
SJOGREN’S BEST:  C Mattias Sjogren posted his best game of the season for HERSHEY in Friday’s win at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, recording one goal, one assist and a plus-2 rating.
 
BEAUDOIN BURIES FIRST:  RW Mathieu Beaudoin also picked up his first career BEARS goal in last night’s contest.  Beaudoin led the team with a plus-3 rating in the game, and also chipped in one assist.
 
CAPTAIN & TENURE:  Captain Boyd Kane appeared in his 312th career HERSHEY game last night to tie Norm Corcoran for 38th place all-time.  Kane needs three more games to catch Brian Dobbin (315 - 37th), and is just 15 games away from 900 in his AHL career.
 
LUCKY SEVENS:  Three BEARS players are currently tied for the team goal-scoring lead with seven strikes each: Jon DiSalvatore, Zach Hamill and Tomas Kundratek.
 
GRAB THE LEAD:  The BEARS have a record of 5-1-0-0 when leading after one period, and are 8-0-0-0 when leading after two.
 
 
BEARS vs. BULLDOGS – TEAM LEADERS:
  HERSHEY Hamilton
Games Played SIX TIED (23) TEN TIED (19)
Goals J. DiSalvatore, Z.Hamill, T.Kundratek (7) Aaron Palushaj (7)
Assists Jeff Taffe (15) Darryl Boyce, Gabriel Dumont (6)
Points Jeff Taffe (21) Brendan Gallagher (11)
+/- Zach Hamill (+9) Gabriel Dumont, Joonas Nattinen (+3)
PP Goals Tomas Kundratek, Jeff Taffe (3) Brendan Gallagher (3)
SH Goals Garrett Mitchell (2) Gabriel Dumont, Aaron Palushaj (1)
GW Goals Zach Hamill, Cameron Schilling (2) Patrick Holland (2)
PIMs Steve Oleksy (91) Zack Stortini (68)
     
Wins Braden Holtby (8) Robert Mayer (4)
GAA Braden Holtby (2.59) Cedrick Desjardins (2.88)
Save % Braden Holtby (.920) Cedrick Desjardins (.904)
 
BEARS vs. BULLDOGS – SPECIAL TEAMS:
  HERSHEY Hamilton
Power Play 15-for-113 (13.3%) – 24th in AHL 7-for-84 (8.3%) – 29th in AHL
Penalty Kill 87-for-105 (82.9%) – 15th in AHL 81-for-98 (82.7%) – 18th in AHL
 
BEARS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:             
12/7/12 ADD D Patrick Wellar Recalled from loan to Reading (ECHL)
 
BULLDOGS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
12/4/12 DEL RW Alain Berger Reassigned by Montreal (NHL) to Wheeling (ECHL)
12/4/12 DEL D Joe Stejskal Reassigned by Montreal (NHL) to Wheeling (ECHL)
 
BEARS AMONG THE AHL:                                                             
C Jeff Taffe:  T-9thscoring (6-15-21).
RW Garrett Mitchell:T,1stSH goals (2).
D Garrett Stafford:  T,13th (D) – scoring (1-13-14).
D Tomas Kundratek:  T,3rd (D) – goals (7); T,4th (D) – PP points (3-6-9); T,4th (D) – PP goals (3); T,13th (D) – scoring (7-7-14).
D Patrick McNeill:  T,1st (D) – shooting percentage (2/10=20.0%).
D Steve Oleksy:  3rdPIM (91).
G Braden Holtby:18thGAA (2.59).
 
BULLDOGS AMONG THE AHL:
RW Brendan Gallagher  T,2nd (R) – shots on goal (63).

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