The Bulldogs are set to play the Rochester Americans, the first of 12 meetings between the two teams, which takes place at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, NY. The Americans (3-2-0-0) come into tonight's game on a 2 game winning streak, after winning a wild 8-7 game against the Hershey Bears on Saturday night in Hershey. Marcus Foligno had 4 points, helping the Amerks overcome a pair of three-goal deficits, who scored 6 goals in the final 28 minutes of play to win the game. The Bulldogs come into tonight's tilt after a 5-0 Marlies drubbing on Saturday night in Toronto. Robert Mayer allowed 3 goals on 6 shots and was pulled after only 10:24 of play, and the Bulldogs could never recover. You can read about that game in our game recap.
Louis Leblanc is expected to miss tonight's game as he was injured in a tussle with Jesse Blacker midway through the second period on Saturday night. We should hear some updates on his status on the broadcast tonight.
The Bulldogs lineup for tonight's game:
Aaron Palushaj - Blake Geoffrion - Patrick Holland
Steven Quailer - Michael Bournival - Brendan Gallagher
Michael Blunden - Darryl Boyce - Joonas Nattinen
Kyle Hagel - Gabriel Dumont - Zack Stortini
Jarred Tinordi - Greg Pateryn
Nathan Beaulieu - Frederic St-Denis
Brendan Nash - Morgan Ellis
Scratches/Injuries: Alexander Avtsin, Antoine Corbin, Louis Leblanc, Cedrick Desjardins
- As mentioned before, Louis Leblanc will miss tonight's game with a lower body injury.
The Americans lineup for tonight's game:
ForwardsLuke Adam - Cody Hodgson - Mark MancariMarcus Foligno - Phil Varone - Evan RankinZemgus Girgensons - Kevin Porter - Brian FlynnNick Tarnasky - Rick Schofield - Frederick Roy
DefensemenJoe Finley - Matt MackenzieT.J. Brennan - Alex BiegaBrayden McNabb - Mark PysykGoaltenders
David LeggioConnor Knapp
- Marcus Foligno is coming in after scoring 2 goals and adding 2 assists in a 8-7 win in Hershey on Saturday night. He has 5 goals in 5 games this season.
- The Americans have the second-most goals for in the league with 20.
- T.J. Brennan has 3 goals, 4 assists this season, good for the lead in points by defensemen in the league.