8/8/11 11:00 AM
(Hamilton, August 8)... One of the most established professional teams in Hamilton, the Hamilton Bulldogs, showed their support for the newest member of the local sporting landscape Saturday. The Bulldogs sent their mascot Bruiser and staff to the Hamilton Nationals Major League Lacrosse game to cheer on the Nats in their first-place showdown with the Boston Cannons.
A season-high crowd of 1,486 watched the Nationals rally to tie the game in the fourth quarter. Hamilton eventually lost the game on the Cannons, 13-8, but players, fans and dance team members were all excited about Fan Appreciation Day.
Bruiser was also a hit with fans, as he posed for photos, as seen here with the dance team, and signed autographs. He even performed the ceremonial first shot on Nationals goalie Brett Queener. The Nats goalie denied the 6-3, 200-pound Bruiser with a stick save.
The Nationals end the regular season with a 7:00 p.m. road contest against the Long Island Lizards on Saturday, August 13th. The game will determine the winner of the fourth and final playoff spot for the MLL Championship Weekend.
Boston (8-3), Denver (6-5) and Chesapeake have all clinched playoff berths. Hamilton clinches a playoff berth with either a win or a loss by fewer than six goals and a Chesapeake win. Long Island clinches a playoff berth with either a win and a Chesapeake loss or a win by seven or more goals.
Hamilton Bulldogs will open their 16th season in the American Hockey League in October. Season tickets are now on sale! For more information, call 905-529-8500 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.