By: Hamilton Bulldogs
12/26/2012 1:39 AM -
TORONTO MARLIES (Affiliation: Toronto Maple Leafs) – Head Coach: Dallas Eakins … Record: 17-9-1-1, 36 points … Home: 10-2-0-1, 21 points … Road: 7-7-1-0, 15 points … Standings: 1st North Division … 2nd Western Conference … Leading scorer: C Keith Aucoin (27 GP 6-24-30) … Leading goaltender: Ben Scrivens (18 GP 11-7-0, 2.39 GAA, .912 Save %, 1 SO) … Power play: 25-for-146, 17.1 percent, 13th AHL … Penalty killing: 20-for-124, 83.9 percent, 12th AHL … Last game: Dec. 22 W 4-2 vs. St. John’s … Last 10 games: 8-1-1-0 … HC Dallas Eakins has 131 wins with the Marlies, the most of any farm team coach in Maple Leafs history … G Jussi Rynnas has three shutouts and a 1.94 GAA in six appearances. Curtis McElhinney of the Springfield Falcons leads the league with six shutouts … C Keith Aucoin became only the 11th player in AHL history to record 800 points with his first of two goals in a 5-0 win over the visiting Grand Rapids Griffins last Sunday. Aucoin, who has played with six teams over 12 AHL seasons, has 229 goals and 578 assists for 807 points in 700 games. He is 10th on the AHL’s all-time points list, moving ahead of Bill Sweeney, who played for four organizations between 1957 and 1969. Next up for Aucoin is Mitch Lamoureux, who recorded 816 points from 1982 to 1999. Aucoin, who is fifth among AHL scorers, has three goals and five assists for eight points in a four-game points streak. He has nine points, including two goals, in five games against the Bulldogs this season while C Nazem Kadri, who has missed the last three games with an injury, has recorded eight assists in those games … D Mike Kostka is second in scoring among AHL blueliners with five goals and 21 assists for 26 points. He is fifth in the AHL in assists and had a seven-game points run snapped on Saturday against visiting St. John’s … LW Ryan Hamilton recently became the Marlies’ all-time leader in goals. He has goals in four consecutive games and has recorded seven points in that span … D Paul Ranger has contributed two goals and five assists for seven points in his last four games … The Marlies have scored 96 goals, tied for second in the AHL with the Charlotte Checkers. The Syracuse Crunch leads the league with 100 … The Bulldogs scored six unanswered goals in a 6-3 win over the Marlies before 13,238 at Air Canada Centre on Dec. 26, 2011 … All-time series: 40-33-0-7-7 … This season: Sixth of 12 meetings. The Bulldogs posted a 4-1 win at home in the opener on Oct. 19, but lost 5-0 at Toronto the following night. The Marlies prevailed 5-4 in overtime at Hamilton on Oct. 26, but the Bulldogs skated to a 6-3 win at Copps Coliseum on Nov. 16 but fell 6-1 the following day at Ricoh Coliseum. The Bulldogs return to Toronto on Jan. 2 … First-round NHL picks: RW Carter Ashton (Tampa Bay, 2009), D Joe Colborne (Boston, 2008), D Jake Gardiner (Anaheim, 2008), C Nazem Kadri (Toronto, 2009) … Connections: Bulldogs RW Mike Blunden is a Toronto native
The Bulldogs’ next game is against the St. John's IceCaps at Copps Coliseum onFriday, December 28th at 7:30 p.m. The game will air on TVA Sports and Sportsnet. All ‘Dogs games during the month of December will be broadcast on Hamilton's Funny 820 (AM 820), with select games simulcast on Montreal's TSN Radio 690 (AM 690). Fans can also listen to and watch all 'Dogs games on www.hamiltonbulldogs.com. Live coverage with the broadcast team of Play-By-Play Announcer Derek Wills (all home and away games) and Colour Commentator Al Craig (all home and select away games) will begin with the Pioneer Pre-Game Show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
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