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Bulldogs report - Oct. 21, 2009

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
Mathieu Darche and the puck of his 200th AHL marker
MONTREAL - The Bulldogs faced their first big test of the season, with a four-games-in-five-nights stretch.

Guy Boucher’s squad has exploded out of the gate, winning three games in regulation while picking up points in a pair of OT losses. So far this season, the Bulldogs are unbeaten in regulation time with a 4-0-2 record overall.

There have been a few ‘Dogs in particular lifting the team to its stellar start to the campaign, most notably newly-minted captain Mathieu Darche.

In Darche’s most recent outing with the Bulldogs, he hit a major career milestone impressive at any level of the game. Aided by Andre Benoit and Brock Trotter, the Bulldogs’ No. 21 potted his third goal of the year for his 200th AHL marker.

A nine-year AHL veteran, Darche is making an immediate impact on the Bulldogs, with the gritty winger scoring the overtime winner in 4-3 win over the Peoria Rivermen last Friday.

The 32-year-old 'Dogs' captain hasn't lost his scoring touch, either. With already a pair of multi-point games under his belt, Darche has four goals and five points in six games with Hamilton so far. A year ago, Darche had only one point after the same number of games with the Portland Pirates.
With a pair of rookie left wingers behind him on the Hamilton depth chart, Darche will also help mould young Andrew Conboy and Maxime Lacroix this season and beyond. With his truckload of experience and 200 goals and counting, Darche has found a home in Steel Town.

Shauna Denis is a writer for

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