Monsters, Bulldogs in Saturday Matchup

MATCHUP
Following their second win over Milwaukee in less than a week, the Lake Erie Monsters (26-21-2-7) will hit the ice against a team they have beaten three times in five meetings this season: their North Division rivals, the Hamilton Bulldogs (21-27-1-5). The Monsters have points in three of four games on their current eight-game homestand, while Hamilton is still in last place in the five-team North Division, but has won six of 10 games. The Monsters are coming off Tuesday's 3-1 win at home over Milwaukee, while Hamilton fell to Binghamton at home by a 3-2 score last night. In the last meeting between the Monsters and Bulldogs on January 26, Hamilton edged the Monsters 2-1 in a shootout.

LAST TIME OUT
The Monsters topped Milwaukee by a 3-1 score on the strength of three power play goals; the first two from David van der Gulik, and the third from Bill Thomas. Paul Carey picked up an assist to extend his point streak to a Monsters season-best eight games, while Karl Stollery's two assists give him five points over his current four-game point streak. Calvin Pickard stopped 27 of 28 shots in net, picking up his 15th win in the process. Pickard has 158 saves on 168 shots over five consecutive starts for the Monsters, who are now 3-0-0-0 against Milwaukee this season.

WHO TO WATCH: MONSTERS
van der Gulik has four goals and six points on the current four-game homestand; all of which came against the Milwaukee Admirals, while the Monsters other goal scorer from Tuesday, Thomas, has six points over five games against the Bulldogs this season.

WHO TO WATCH: BULLDOGS
Veteran forward Mike Blunden has a goal and three points over his last four games, and logs significant minutes in all phases of the game for Hamilton Coach, and former Monsters Assistant Coach, Sylvain Lefebvre. Blunden brings 90 games of NHL experience with Chicago, Columbus, and Montreal.

TUNE IN
All of Saturday's action, beginning at 7:30 PM, can be heard live on ESPN 850 WKNR with Doug Plagens on the play-by-play.


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