Up front, Mike Glumac has led the way to the net, potting 31 goals so far. The total, which is likely to grow before the season is done, is a new career high for the veteran, besting his previous high of 28 set back in 2003-04. The 28-year-old missed a month while recovering from a broken bone in his hand but has yet to show any ill effects of the injury; in 11 games since his return, Glumac has found the back of the net 10 times.
Ben Maxwell, one of nine rookie forwards, continues to enjoy a successful start to his professional career. After enduring an eight-game goalless drought, a stretch during which he picked up just four assists, Maxwell was busy on the scoresheet in the last two games. The North Vancouver native has five points in those outings, including his first hat trick with the Bulldogs. That’s increased his totals to 52 points, just three shy of the team and rookie scoring lead.
The Bulldogs’ crease has been well covered this month, thanks to the tandem of veteran Marc Denis and rookie Cedrick Desjardins. Denis has found his game and confidence in Hamilton, posting a 25-16-0 record, including five shutouts, with a .921 save percentage and 2.48 goals-against average, ranking him 10th and 15th in the league, respectively.
Desjardins struggled earlier on in the season but has come around at just the right time. The Edmundston, New Brunswick native has earned the win in four of his six appearances in March, including a pair of back-to-back shutouts on March 6 and 7. Those whitewashes doubled his previous total and rank him among the top five ‘keepers in the league, along with Denis.
Only seven games remain on Hamilton’s schedule and after a 6-1 romp over the San Antonio Rampage on Tuesday night, Ron Wilson’s charges have lowered their magic number to clinch a playoff spot down to six. A combination of wins or overtime losses by the Bulldogs and points lost by those chasing them that add up to six will secure the team’s season for the first time since their Calder Cup Championship run in 2007.
Heather Engel is a writer for canadiens.com
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