Bulldogs lose offense to parent Canadiens

Hamilton Bulldogs forwards Nigel Dawes and Aaron Palushaj have been recalled by the Montreal Canadiens.

And in sync with the move, the Bulldogs have paged defenseman Sebastien Bisaillon from the Wheeling Nailers of the East Coast Hockey League. He is scheduled to join the ‘Dogs in time for Wednesday night’s American Hockey League game against the Americans in Rochester.

Dawes, 26, played in nine games with the Atlanta Thrashers this season recording one assist. The native of Winnipeg currently leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 54 points (33 goals, 21 assists) in 55 games this season. He ranks first on the team and the AHL in goals with 33. The 5-foot-9, 200-pound left winger has played a total of 208 National Hockey League regular season games registering 84 points (39 goals, 45 assists) and 43 penalty minutes.

Dawes was drafted in the fifth round, 149th overall, by the New York Rangers at the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Canadiens along with Brent Sopel from Atlanta on Feb. 24 in exchange for Ben Maxwell and a fourth round pick in this year’s NHL Entry Draft.