Hamilton Bulldogs Game Thread: Bulldogs @ Americans

Blake Geoffrion and Marcus Foligno will both be in action tonight, pictured above playing for their respective NHL clubs. - Rick Stewart

The Bulldogs take on the Rochester Americans in the first game of their home-and-home series.

The Bulldogs take on the Rochester Americans tonight, the second of twelve meetings between the two teams this season. The Americans (5-2-1-0) come into tonight's game on a hot streak, winning 4 of their last 5 games. Marcus Foligno (5 goals, 5 assists), TJ Brennan (4 goals, 6 assists), and Cody Hodgson (1 goal, 9 assists) are all tied for the team lead in points with 10. The Bulldogs (3-2-1-0) are coming into tonight's game after beating the Abbotsford Heat 2-1 on Sunday afternoon, you can read about that game in our recap. Cedrick Desjardins made a return to the ice this week, for the first time this season after suffering a groin injury. He is not expected to play this weekend.

The Bulldogs lines for tonight's game:

Forwards

37 Patrick Holland - 18 Michael Bournival - 17 Brendan Gallagher

13 Steven Quailer - 40 Gabriel Dumont - 28 Aaron Palushaj

14 Michael Blunden (A) - 57 Blake Geoffrion - 23 Joonas Nattinen

11 Alain Berger - 47 Darryl Boyce (A) - 12 Zack Stortini

Defensemen

8 Nathan Beaulieu - 32 Frederic St-Denis (A)

5 Jarred Tinordi - 2 Greg Pateryn

4 Brendon Nash - 44 Morgan Ellis

Goaltenders

29 Robert Mayer

39 Peter Delmas

Notes:

  • Blake Geoffrion is coming into tonight after a solid game against Abbotsford on Sunday. He scored one goal and also added an assist on a slap pass deflection, which ended up being the game winner.
  • Robert Mayer is looking to build on another solid outing, after stopping 28 of 29 shots on Sunday.

The Americans lineup for tonight's game:

Forwards

71 Marcus Foligno - 19 Cody Hodgson - 15 Evan Rankin

72 Luke Adam - 22 Phil Varone - 25 Mark Mancari (A)

28 Zemgus Girgensons - 12 Kevin Porter (C) - 10 Brian Flynn

74 Nick Tarnasky - 32 Rick Schofield - 91 Frederick Roy

Defensemen

2 Joe Finley - 47 Matt MacKenzie

7 Brayden McNabb - 13 Mark Pysyk

3 T.J. Brennan (A) - 4 Alex Biega

Goaltenders

33 David Leggio

49 Connor Knapp

Notes:

The Americans come into tonight's game 2nd in the league in Goals For with 33, and 5th on the PP with a 25% success rate. Their PK is ranked 21st however, with a 77% success rate.

As mentioned previously, Marcus Foligno (5 goals, 5 assists), TJ Brennan (4 goals, 6 assists), and Cody Hodgson (1 goal, 9 assists) are all tied for the team lead in points with 10.

You can watch tonight's game live on AHLLive ($), or listen to it here. Puck drop is 7:00 est.

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