Hamilton Bulldogs play arch rivals and division opponents Toronto Marlies on Wednesday, but they’ll do it without Maxim Lapierre.
The Montreal Canadiens, the Bulldogs National Hockey League affiliate, recalled the 21-year-old centre Monday. Lapierre, 6-2 and 201 pounds, has four points (three goals and one assist) in the five games the Bulldogs have played this season.
Lapierre, in his second season with Hamilton, has been chosen the Bulldogs Hardest Working Player in all four of Hamilton’s home games.
Lapierre was called up by Montreal last Nov. 15 to make his NHL debut against the Florida Panthers and was held off the scoresheet. The native of St. Leonard, Que., who played with the Prince Edward Island Rockets of the Quebec Major Junior League, has 13 assists and 23 goals and 214 minutes in penalties for the ‘Dogs last term.
Wednesday’s game at Copps, 7:30 p.m. against the Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs), is the first of three games this week for the Bulldogs. After the Marlies’ contest, Hamilton travels to Houston for a Friday night game against the Aeros (Minnesota Wild) and then visits the San Antonio Rampage (Phoenix Coyotes) the following night.
Hamilton will play Houston and San Antonio twice this season in a one game home-and-home series. Hamilton is 1-1-0 lifetime against the Aeros and 2-0-0 against San Antonio. Corey Locke leads the Bulldogs in scoring with three goals and two assists for five points in five games.
More than 50 ex-Dogs are playing in the NHL this season.
Winger Chris Higgins recorded three points (two goals and a helper) in three game with Montreal. Teammate Michael Ryder posted four points (1-3) in three games with the Habs. Goalie Mathieu Garon registered his ninth career shutout stopping 40 shots as the Los Angeles Kings won 4-0 against the Phoenix Coyotes on Oct. 19. Netminder Jussi Markkanen notched his first victory of the season stopping 21 of 22 shots in a 2-1 Oilers victory over the Canucks on Oct. 17. Centre Steve Ott had three assists in three games for the Dallas Stars.