PBO: 4-1-0-0 / 1st East Division / 2nd Eastern Conference
HAM: 2-2-1-0 / 4th East Division / 7th Eastern Conference
Previous Meetings this Season: Bulldogs 7 @ Petes 1
2018-19 Regular Season vs HAM: 0-1-0-0
2017-18 Regular Season vs HAM: 2-5-0-0
Last Five Years vs HAM: 14-11-1-0
Last Five Years @ HAM: 8-5-0-0
PBO: 5-2 W vs NIAG
HAM: 4-2 W @ BAR
PBO: PP 9.5% (13th), PK 93.1% (3rd)
HAM: PP 30.4% (3rd), PK 85.0% (9th)
PBO: Paquette -5GP – 5G – 2A – 7P
HAM: Saigeon – 5GP – 3G – 8A – 11P
After a commanding 7-1 win in Peterborough one week ago, the Hamilton Bulldogs got a taste of their own medicine on home ice Friday night as they were this time on the receiving end of a 7-1 tilt courtesy of the Oshawa Generals.
Chris Paquette continues to lead the Petes in scoring, but Zach Gallant and Nick Isaacson hold the hottest sticks after Thursday’s 5-2 win over the Soo Greyhounds as they each had three points – Gallant with a hat trick, and Isaacson assisting on all three of Gallant’s tallies.
The First Ontario Centre hasn’t been overly friendly to the Petes over the last little while, as the last win in Hamilton for the maroon and white came on March 3, 2017, and were outscored 16-4 in the Hammer during the 2017-18 campaign.
With three games in three days this weekend – the Bulldogs visit the Windsor Spitfires tomorrow afternoon – rookie netminder Zachary Roy could make his OHL debut, as veteran keeper Nick Donofrio has been between the pipes for all five of Hamilton’s game thus far.
Although they sit 7th in the Eastern Conference, the Bulldogs are making their presence known on OHL leaderboards. Brandon Saigeon (11 points) and Arthur Kaliyev (10 points) sit third and fourth, respectively, in league scoring. Saigeon leads the league in assists (8), while Kaliyev is second in goals scored (6). Nicolas Mattinen is first in shots (28), and Liam Stevens has the highest shooting percentage (66.7%) having scored 3 goals on 5 shots on net.
Making their own mark on the leaderboard, after Stevens’ 66.7% accuracy are Brady Hinz (3/6), Cameron Butler (2/4), and Chad Denault (2/4) who are all firing at 50% accuracy. Chris Paquette also appears atop the league in shorthanded goals (2).