Bulldogs report - Dec. 1, 2010
To say that Bulldogs forward Max Pacioretty is enjoying a productive season to date would be an understatement. After splitting duties between the Bulldogs and the Montreal Canadiens for the past two years, Pacioretty was assigned to Hamilton for the start of the 2010-11 season in hopes that it would help the talented winger ignite his scoring touch.
In November, Pacioretty earned his honors by topping the AHL in scoring, potting 10 goals and adding another 7 helpers to record a total of 17 points over 13 games. If those stats seem to hint that Pacioretty may be gearing up for the best of his three-year career with the Bulldogs, you’d be right. In fact, he’s already there.
With his 10 goals, the 6’1” 203lbs forward has already eclipsed his previous season-high, recorded when he notched nine goals between the Bulldogs and the Canadiens in his 2008-09 rookie season.
Pacioretty finished off the month with multiple-point games in five of the last six played. The most notable of those outings took place on Nov. 20 during a game against Toronto in which Pacioretty celebrated his 22nd birthday by providing 100% of the Bulldogs’ offence with three goals and the ‘Dogs sole shootout goal in their 4-3 loss to the Marlies. It would also mark the first hat-trick of Pacioretty’s professional career.
Heading into the month of December, count on more of the same from Pacioretty who will be gunning to keep his explosive season rolling as he continues to hone his scoring-touch. Pacioretty’s 11 goals and 14 assists over 21 games are good enough to see him currently tied for third in AHL scoring this season.
Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.com.
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