MONTREAL – The season is only a couple of weeks old, but already the Hamilton Bulldogs are turning some heads. Heading into Wednesday night’s contest against the Toronto Marlies, the Bulldogs are sitting pretty with a 4-0-0-0 record.
After sweeping away one of the AHL’s best in Manitoba, Don Lever’s squad delighted the home crowd with a pair of back-to-back victories over the Hartford Wolf Pack and Norfolk Admirals over the weekend. The previous best was three straight wins, set back at the opening of 2002-03 campaign. That year, the Habs’ farm team – which included the likes of Tomas Plekanec
, Mike Komisarek and Francis Bouillon – made it all the way to the Calder Cup Final.
A number of Bulldogs saw action in a few preseason contests during the Canadiens’ training camp, an experience that has given them the confidence to step up and take control in Hamilton.
- ECHL rookie of the year in 2007-08, David Desharnais
hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down in with the ‘Dogs. The 22-year-old has five points so far, tying him for the team lead with third-year vet Matt D’Agostini.
- Ben Maxwell has impressed early on in his first pro season. Over the weekend, the rookie center added a pair of goals to extend his points streak to four games.
- Veteran Mike Glumac has been equally impressive, matching Maxwell’s points total (three goals, one assist). Glumac found the back of the net twice in a four-minute span in the win over Norfolk.
- Yannick Weber
generated some buzz during the Habs’ exhibition calendar and has continued to do so on the Bulldogs’ blue line. Quarterback on the team’s power-play, the Swiss native has a goal and an assist so far and has tossed 16 shots at the opposing net so far.
After Wednesday’s game against the Marlies, the Bulldogs will visit the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday and host the Quad City Flames on Sunday.Heather Engel is a writer for canadiens.com