The Hamilton Bulldogs embark on a run of 4 games in 6 days beginning on Wednesday, February 12th in Owen Sound for the first meeting of the year between the two teams, followed by the 6th meeting of the year between the Bulldogs & IceDogs in St. Catharines on Friday, February 14th. The Bulldogs then return home to face the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for their only visit of the year to the FirstOntario Centre on Saturday, February 15th and closing out the weekend hosting the Kitchener Rangers for the only time this season in the Family Day Matinee on Monday, February 17th.
Entering the weekend the Hamilton Bulldogs sit 7th place in the OHL’s Eastern Conference with a 21-23-6-1 record for 49 points through 51 games and have posted a 3-3-4-0 run over their last 10 games, gaining at least a point in 7 of the 10 contests. Owen Sound enter the weekend holding a 25-19-3-3 record through 50 games on the season, totalling 56 points. The Attack have won 3 in a row and are 7-3-0-0 through their last 10 games overall. Niagara enters the weekend in the 8th and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with a 17-30-4-1 record for 39 points in 52 games and posting a 1-9-0-0 mark across their last 10. Sault Ste. Marie will enter the weekend with a 24-26-2-0 record for 50 points in 52 games and sit in 9th place in the Western Conference, two points out of the 8th spot held by Erie. Kitchener enters the weekend standing atop the Western Conference with a 32-12-5-2 record through 51 games good for 71 points, while holding a 3-game winning streak and an 8-1-1-0 mark over their last 10.
The Bulldogs have yet to see the Owen Sound Attack to this point in the season and the two teams looks quite a bit different from their meetings last season. However, Hamilton can look to take advantage of having the scoring leader in last year’s season series returning as Arthur Kaliyev posted 5-1-6 over the two games against the Attack, both Bulldogs wins.
Hamilton has taken the last three rounds of the 2019-20 edition of the K9 Cup in dominant fashion, outscoring the Niagara IceDogs by a combined 24-7 over the last three meetings to take the series lead at 3-2 with the 6th & final meeting coming on Friday. Ivan Lodnia, 3-5-8, Oliver Castleman, 2-3-5, and Elijah Roberts, 2-2-4, lead all scorers for the IceDogs in the season series while the Bulldogs have 9 players currently sitting at 5 points or more in head to head matchups, led by Arthur Kaliyev, 3-7-10, Tag Bertuzzi, 4-3-7, Nathan Staios, 1-6-7, Logan Morrison, 3-3-6 & Jake Gravelle, 1-5-6, while newcomer Jan Mysak posted 3-2-5 in the last meeting between the teams.
The Bulldogs and Greyhounds will renew acquaintances for the first time since their November 15th meeting which saw Sault Ste. Marie take a tightly contested 4-3 victory. Tye Kartye, 1-2-3, & Rory Kerins, 1-1-2, combined to lead the Greyhounds to the win, while Jan Jenik, 2-0-2, posted the only multipoint game for the Bulldogs but was followed by Logan Morrison, 1-0-1, and each of Arthur Kaliyev, Tag Bertuzzi, Kade Landry, Mark Duarte & Avery Hayes chipping in an assist.
December 13th saw the last meeting between the Kitchener Rangers and Hamilton Bulldogs, a game which saw the Rangers run out to a 9-2 lead before the Bulldogs mounted a comeback that would run out of time with the game finishing 9-6. Kitchener was led in scoring by Donovan Sebrango, 1-2-3, with each of Axel Bergqvist, Arber Xhekaj, Mike Petizian, Michael Vukojevic & Francesco Pinelli picking up 2 points in the game. The Bulldogs would receive 3-point efforts in the comeback attempt from all three of Logan Morrison, 3-0-3, Arthur Kaliyev, 1-2-3 & Jake Gravelle, 0-3-3.