The Hamilton Bulldogs will close the pre-Christmas portion of the schedule with a daunting 3-in-3 weekend which opens on Thursday night, December 12th when the Bulldogs visit the Peterborough Petes for the third meeting of the season. Continuing Friday, December 13th the Bulldogs visit the legendary Kitchener Memorial Auditorium to take on the Rangers for the first time this season. The weekend closes with the annual Teddy Bear & Toque Toss Game on Saturday, December 14th when the Kingston Frontenacs make their way to the FirstOntario Centre for the third meeting of the season between the teams.
Entering the weekend the Hamilton Bulldogs sit tied for 6th place in the OHL’s Eastern Conference with a 13-15-2-0 record for 28 points through 30 games but have remained over .500 across the last 10 at 5-4-1-0. Peterborough enters the weekend tied with the Ottawa 67’s for the top spot in the Eastern Conference with a 21-7-1-1 record and posting a 7-2-0-1 mark across their last 10. Kitchener has been the hottest team in the OHL entering the weekend having won 7 straight games, now sitting in 6th in the Western Conference with a 14-10-2-2 overall record for 32 points. Kingston has been on a roll themselves, now in a tie for 8th in the Eastern Conference with Mississauga the Fronts enter the weekend with an 8-16-2-2 record for 20 points but have posted a 7-2-0-1 record across their last 10.
Squaring off against Peterborough hasn’t gone the Bulldogs way so far this season with three razor thin losses for an 0-3-0-0 record head to head. Hunter Jones has picked up all three victories for Peterborough in goal while Zach Gallant, 4-0-4, Semyen Der-Arguchintsev, 0-4-4, and Declan Chisholm, 1-3-4 have led the way offensively for the Petes head to head. For the Bulldogs, the team’s top line of Jan Jenik, 4-3-7, Arthur Kaliyev, 3-3-6 & Liam Van Loon 0-3-3, along with defenseman Nathan Staios, 0-3-3, have led the way offensively for the Bulldogs in the previous matchups.
The meeting between Hamilton & Kitchener marks the first since March 6, 2019 but the Bulldogs were tremendous against the Rangers in the 2018-19 season, winning both games and outscoring the Rangers 11-7 in the two matchups. Greg Meireles, 2-3-5, and Jonathan Yantsis, 1-2-3, lead the returning contingent of Rangers in the meetings last season while Arthur Kaliyev, 3-3-6, Logan Morrison, 2-2-4, Jan Jenik, 2-1-3 & Kade Landry, 0-3-3, lead the returning Bulldogs in scoring from last year’s series.
In the final matchup of the weekend Hamilton hosts the Kingston Frontenacs, a team that the Bulldogs have had success against so far this season holding a 2-0-0-0 record with a 3-2 shootout win on October 6th, and a 4-2 road victory on October 18th. Kingston has been led in the season series by forwards Zayde Wisdom, 3-1-4, and Lucas Rowe, 0-2-2, while Hamilton has managed to hold exceptional status recipient Shane Wright to just 1 assist in the two games. Arthur Kaliyev has led the Bulldogs in the season series against the Fronts, 2-3-5, followed closely by line mates Jan Jenik, 1-2-3, & Liam Van Loon 1-1-2. Zachary Roy has earned both Hamilton wins against Kingston this season.
Coming into the weekend, Arthur Kaliyev sits at 110 goals scored in the OHL, just 5 behind Matt Strome’s team record of 115. Bulldogs center Bradey Johnson will continue to close in on his 200th OHL game, coming into the weekend with 188 games played. Avery Hayes & Jake Gravelle are also on milestone watch as Gravelle enters the weekend at 98 OHL games played & Hayes at 94.