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RECAP | IceCaps – Sound Tigers: Out of Sync

Wednesday January 20, 2016 
Webster Bank Arena, Bridgeport, CT

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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2-3

SOUND TIGERS
Bridgeport

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Lessio – McCarron – Scherbak
Andrighetto – Hudon – Carr
Bournival – Dumont – Friberg
Scott – MacMillan – Eisenschmid [/one_half]

[one_half_last]Bartley – Lernout
Hanley – Ellis
Johnston – Dietz[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Josiah Didier, Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, Jeremy Gregoire, Bud Holloway (day-to-day)
Injured reserve: Connor Crisp – undisclosed (indefinite)

Game Report

It would have been understandable if the IceCaps began the game a little lethargically. It was the first game of a six-game road trip ahead of the All-Star break. The team had bused in from Boston following their flight from St. John’s. And there was a distinct lack of energy in a building where the fans numbered in the hundreds, not thousands.

But to their credit, the IceCaps came out of the gate skating. That said, it was a little like a first date: plenty of enthusiasm but not really in sync. Given all the recent changes to the roster, it probably shouldn’t have come as a surprise.

The lack of chemistry showed as linemates made poor decisions in their passing choices and shot selection.

Two players made their IceCaps debuts: defenceman Victor Bartley and the now infamous John Scott, both part of the Jarred Tinordi trade. Bartley was reassigned from the parent club on Wednesday after watching from the press box. Scott was only too happy to get back on the ice after taking a barrage of questions about the All-Star weekend.

Bartley looked nervous to start but otherwise moved the puck well. His first game was cut short by an injury that occurred in the second period. Scott had a couple of hits and drew a penalty in his infrequent shifts but otherwise had an unremarkable game.

As has been the case throughout the season, IceCaps were let down by goaltending and their power-play.  And the St. John’s penalty-killers allowed a goal to the worst power-play in the league.

The bottom line is that the IceCaps did not get the save that they needed with 20.1 seconds remaining in overtime.

The IceCaps now hit the road for a six-game trip before the All-Star break, beginning with a tilt against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Wednesday.

▲     Max Friburg, Ryan Johnston, Gabriel Dumont, Michael Bournival, Darren Dietz

▼     Nikita Scherbak, Zach Fucale

 Statistics 
ICECAPS SOUND TIGERS
 40 Shots 28
0 for 7 Power Play 1 for 5
12 Penalty Minutes 14
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (17-14-6-3) 1 1 0 0 2
 Sound Tigers (20-19-2-1) 1 1 0 1 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  Friberg (7), Andrighetto (8)
  • BRI:  Vaive (9), Rowe (1), Beck (11)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 9-8-3
  • BRI: Berube (W) 1-1-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Taylor Beck  BRI
  2. Sven Andrighetto  STJ
  3. Andrew Rowe  BRI

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Post-game interview with Sylvain Lefebvre

Post-game interview with John Scott

Post-game interview with Max Friburg

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RECAP | Devils – IceCaps: McCarron Scores Hat Trick, ‘Caps Sweep Series

Wednesday December 16, 2015 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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5-1

DEVILS
Albany

(Photo by Jeff Parsons | via St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Lessio – McCarron – Holloway
Bournival – Dumont – Fournier
Bozon – MacMillan – Gregoire
McNally – Miceli – Pither [/one_half]

[one_half_last]Barberio – Dietz
Ellis – Didier
Hanley – Lernout[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Pasquale
Fucale

Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Mac Bennett, Eric Neilson, Jacob de la Rose (undisclosed), Mac Bennett, Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

If the previous night’s game against the Albany Devils was exciting, this night’s game greatly surpassed it. Michael McCarron got things rolling just 30 seconds after puck drop with his 11th goal of the season, assisted by Bud Holloway.  Next up it was Angelo Miceli with his third tally of the season, quickly followed by another McCarron goal – this one on the power play.  Scott Wedgewood, giving up three goals on six shots, took a seat on the bench as Yann Danis was tapped to replace him in net.

Frustration for the Devils started to boil over, with Thompson dropping the gloves with Didier, and scrums popping up at every stoppage.  The second period saw a complete change on the ice as Albany came out strong, outshooting the IceCaps 18-7 and getting one goal back.

Then the power play unit came up big for St. John’s once again as Joel Hanley potted one, and McCarron topped off the night with a third goal to complete his second hat trick of the season.

Eddie Pasquale (Photo by Julia Price | Rocket Sports Media)
Eddie Pasquale (Photo by Julia Price | Rocket Sports Media)

Eddie Pasquale stood tall in net during this game, giving up only one goal on 46 shots.  Lucas Lessio made his IceCaps debut, after being acquired from Arizona in exchange for Christian Thomas.  Lessio found himself on the top line with McCarron and Bud Holloway.

The IceCaps now have some time off for a holiday break, after which they’ll head out on their next road trip beginning in Toronto on Boxing Day.

▲     Michael McCarron, Eddie Pasquale, Lucas Lessio, Michael Bournival

 Statistics 
ICECAPS DEVILS
 23 Shots 46
2 for 6 Power Play 0 for 9
17 Penalty Minutes 23
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (14-7-5-2) 3 1 1 5
 Devils (16-7-3-0) 0 1 0 1
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  McCarron (11), Miceli (3), McCarron (12), Hanley (2), McCarron (13)
  • ALB:  Pietila (5)
  • STJ: Pasquale (W) 4-1-2
  • ALB: Wedgewood (L) 1-1-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Michael McCarron  STJ
  2. Eddie Pasquale  STJ
  3. Michael Bournival  STJ

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • Not available

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RECAP | Americans – IceCaps: Caps Dominate Early, Lose Heartbreaker

Friday December 11, 2015 
Mile One Centre, St. John’s, NL

ICECAPS
St. John’s

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1-2

AMERICANS
Rochester

(Photo courtesy of St. John’s IceCaps)

Lineup

Forward lines and defense pairings: 

[one_half]Bournival – McCarron – Holloway
McNally – De La Rose – Dumont
Bozon – MacMillan – Gregoire
Fournier – Miceli [/one_half]

[one_half_last]Barberio – Dietz
Ellis – Didier
Hanley – Lernout
Bennett[/one_half_last]

Goaltenders:

Fucale
Pasquale

Scratches: Dalton Thrower, Eric Neilson, Connor Crisp (undisclosed), Nikita Scherbak (undisclosed), Markus Eisenschmid (undisclosed)
Injured reserve:  Ryan Johnston (back surgery)

Game Report

The IceCaps returned home to St. John’s this week and welcomed the Rochester Americans tonight for the first of a back-to-back.  The IceCaps came out shooting, showing a lot of energy and tallying 22 shots on goal in the first period.  Jacob de la Rose, returning from a lengthy absence due to injury in early November, made his mark early on as he put the home team on the board late in the first.  It was his first goal for St. John’s this season.

Penalties, however, also played their part in this game.  Michael McCarron took consecutive minors for cross-checking and roughing in the first period, while Josiah Didier sat for five minutes after enduring a fight with Patrick Kaleta.  The Amerks power play unit finally converted one of their man advantage opportunities and tied the game in the second period.

Shots were kept to a minimum and the game was played pretty tightly through the third period, but then Jerry D’Amigo saw an opening when Gabriel Dumont and Mark Barberio got caught deep with Darren Dietz trying to make a play behind the net.  D’Amigo shot one past Zach Fucale and moments later Rochester potted an empty-netter.

Despite the mistake late in the third, Dumont had seven shots on goal for the night, while Morgan Ellis tallied five shots.  Michael Bournival played his first game of the season, taking the left wing position on the top line.

The IceCaps meet up with the Rochester Americans again tomorrow night at Mile One Centre for the second of their back-to-back series.

▲     Jacob de la Rose, Brett Lernout, Zach Fucale

▼     Gabriel Dumont, Michael McCarron

 Statistics 
ICECAPS AMERICANS
 39 Shots 28
0 for 6 Power Play 1 for 5
17 Penalty Minutes 15
 Scoring
 FINAL 1 2 3 OT SO T
 IceCaps (12-7-4-2) 1 0 0 1
 Americans (11-11-1-1) 0 1 2 3
Scorers Goalies
  • STJ:  De La Rose
  • RCH:  Varone (9), D’Amigo (4), Robak (4)
  • STJ: Fucale (L) 7-3-2
  • RCH: Lieuwen (W) 6-4-0
 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Nathan Lieuwen  RCH
  2. Gabriel Dumont   STJ
  3. Phil Varone  RCH

 Video highlights
 Post-game interview
Coach Sylvain Lefebvre

  • Not available

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Canadiens Recall Bournival, Beaulieu from Bulldogs

CANADIENS RECALL BEAULIEU, BOURNIVAL FROM BULLDOGS
Defenceman, forward combined for four points in two games this weekend with ‘Dogs

Hamilton Bulldogs Press Release

Photo by Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)
Photo by Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports)

MONTREAL, QUE. – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have recalled defenceman Nathan Beaulieu and forward Michael Bournival from the Bulldogs.

Beaulieu has split this season between the Canadiens and Bulldogs. In four games with Montreal, he has recorded two penalty minutes. In two games with Hamilton, he has recorded one goal and nine penalty minutes. The 21-year-old split the 2013-14 season between the Canadiens and Bulldogs. In 17 regular season games with Montreal, the 6-2, 194-pound defenceman recorded two points and eight penalty minutes, then in seven post-season games he added two assists and two penalty minutes. In 57 regular season games with Hamilton, the Strathroy, Ont. native recorded 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) and 33 penalty minutes. In 27 career National Hockey League regular season games, he has recorded four assists and 10 penalty minutes. In 126 career American Hockey League regular season games, he has recorded 59 points (15 goals, 44 assists) and 105 penalty minutes. Beaulieu was selected by the Canadiens in the first round (17th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Bournival has played in four games with the Bulldogs this season, recording four points (one goal, three assists) and two penalty minutes. The 22-year-old split the 2013-14 season between the Canadiens and Bulldogs. In 60 regular season games with Montreal, the 5-11, 196-pound forward recorded 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) and 18 penalty minutes, then in 14 post-season games he added one assist. In three regular season games with Hamilton, the Shawinigan, Que. native recorded three points (two goals, one assist) and two penalty minutes. In 76 career AHL regular season games with the ‘Dogs, he has recorded 37 points (13 goals, 24 assists) and 30 penalty minutes. Bournival was originally selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round (71st overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Canadiens from the Avalanche in exchange for defenceman Ryan O’Byrne on Nov. 11, 2010.

The Bulldogs return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 29 when they’ll visit the Rochester Americans at First Niagara Center in Buffalo, N.Y. at 7:05 p.m. The ‘Dogs next home game will be on Tuesday, Nov. 4 when they’ll host the Americans at FirstOntario Centre at 10:15 a.m.

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Bulldogs Lose at Home to Rampage, 4-2

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report

(Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)
(Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)

HAMILTON, ONT — The Hamilton Bulldogs entered their second game in three nights on a good note, as they defeated the rival Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum on Friday by a score of 4-1. It was a good outing for the Bulldogs, who have secured at least a point in their first four games played, but tonight, the Bulldogs could not come out on top, as the San Antonio Rampage took the game by a score of  4-2.

GAME RUNDOWN 

The Rampage opened the scoring in the first period, as John McFarland rushed the Bulldogs net and tucked the puck past goaltender Mike Condon. The Bulldogs then tied the game after Michael Bournival made a nice pass to Sven Andrighetto, who shot the puck past Rampage netminder Michael Houser to tie the game at one a piece.

The game would see a lot of back and forth chances for both teams, which saw the ‘Dogs hold possession of the puck for a good chunk of the period.

Midway through the opening period, Bournival stole the puck from the Rampage defender and created an odd man, 2-on-1 rush with Charles Hudon, the Bulldogs leading scorer, who then sniped the puck past Houser’s blocker side.

About five minutes later, the Bulldogs were awarded a power-play, but it wouldn’t go as planned. Rampage forward Brett Olsen was able to score his second goal of the season after Bulldogs defenceman Nathan Beaulieu coughed the puck up on the blueline, giving the Rampage the opportunity to create an odd man rush.

The second period would see the Bulldogs go scoreless and the Rampage extend their lead by two goals. Defenceman Steven Kampfer would deke by Hamilton’s defenders to score a nice backhand goal. It was a pretty nifty goal and it was Kampfer’s second tally of the season.

San Antonio’s second goal of the period and fourth of the game came with five minutes remaining in the period as MacKenzie Weager built momentum on an odd man rush and fed Bobby Butler a sweet cross-crease pass that was shot high over Condon’s blocker side.

In the third, there wasn’t much action expect for a few chances from both the Rampage and Bulldogs. But towards the end of the period, the ‘Dogs were trying hard to get on the board and tie as they were neatly cycling the puck in the offensive zone, potting a few shots on goal but the Rampage held on to secure the 4-2 win in Hamilton.

Dan Lawrie Player of the Game: Mike Condon

Mike Condon was awarded the Dan Lawrie Player of the Game for his outing tonight between the pipes. Condon had to make several game changing saves, which kept the Bulldogs within reach.

Next Game 

The Bulldogs are back at it tomorrow, as they conclude their three games in three nights series against the Rampage at 3:00 p.m. ET.

 

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Bulldogs Win Big in Toronto, Defeat Marlies 4-1

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report 

(Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)
(Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)

TORONTO, ONT — The Hamilton Bulldogs travelled down the 403 to Toronto to take on the Marlies for the second time this season. The Marlies spoiled the Bulldogs home opener at FirstOntario Centre exactly one week ago and tonight it was the Bulldogs with the victory, defeating the Marlies by a score of 4-1.

GAME RUNDOWN

In the first period, the Hamilton Bulldogs would take the first lead of the game,  as recently-recalled Nathan Beaulieu would score his first AHL goal of the season. Michael Bournival, who was also sent down this week by the Montreal Canadiens, was credited with the primary assist after he made a nice feed to Beaulieu.  The young defenceman tucked the puck behind Marlies goaltender Antonie Bibeau.

The Bulldogs would see two power-play opportunities in the first period, but they struggled to get out of their own zone and to create scoring chances in the offensive zone. On top of that, the Marlies also had several chances on the penalty-kill. To be more specific, they had more chances down a man than the Bulldogs did up a body.

Hamilton goaltender Joey MacDonald faced 10 shots on goal in the opening period, and he made at least four big gloves saves to keep the Bulldogs up 1-0. MacDonald played a key period for the ‘Dogs, which allowed them to enter the first intermission up 1-0.

In the middle frame, the Bulldogs extended their lead to 3-0, with goals coming from Sven Andrighetto and Eric Tangradi. Andrighetto scored the Bulldogs second goal with a nice top shelf snipe two minutes into the period, and Tangradi scored his first as a Bulldog’ on the power-play, after he chipped the puck over Bibeau’s right shoulder.

MacDonald continued his strong play in the second period, and made two more nifty gloves saves, keeping Hamilton in the lead.

Towards the end of the period, both the Marlies and Bulldogs started to get under each others skin as there were multiple scrums with players ready to drop the gloves.

The remainder of the period saw a lot of back and forth play between the two clubs. The Bulldogs managed to outshoot the Marlies 11-5 in the second with a much stronger period offensively and defensively.

Moments after the third period started, Marlies forward Sam Carrick ran over MacDonald, causing his helmet to fly off his head. MacDonald showed some discomfort and was helped by the trainer, but was fine to continue the game.

The Marlies scored their first and only goal of the game on the power-play. Greg McKegg scored his first of the season as hhis inital shot snuck past MacDonalds glove side and into the net.

Charles Hudon then went off  moments after the the Marlies power-play goal for slashing and this is when the game started to pick up. However, the Bulldogs killed off the minor with very little issue.

The game would now get intense with the Marlies producing multiple chances, but MacDonald was able to shut the door and Tangardi scored his second goal of the game with the empty net. 4-1 final for the Bulldogs who lost back-to-back games last weekend.

The season series between the 403 rivals is now at one a piece with 10 more games on tap this season.

The Bulldogs are back in action tomorrow as they play host to the San Antonio  Rampage at FirstOntario Centre.

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BHR News: Bulldogs Add Crisp, Prepare for 3-Game Weekend

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report

(Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)
(Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)

MILTON, ONT — The Hamilton Bulldogs announced on Thursday afternoon that forward Connor Crisp has been officially medically cleared to play and has been re-assigned to the team. Crisp missed the first three games of the 2014-15 regular season after sustaining a shoulder injury.

The 20-year-old could make his 2014-15 Bulldogs’ debut during the team’s ‘three games in three nights’ weekend, which begins Friday in Toronto against the Marlies.

Note from practice

Bulldogs play-by-play guy Matt Holmes tweeted that Nathan Beaulieu was paired along side Greg Pateryn at practice, while the first line of Michael Bournival, Sven Andrighetto and Charles Hudon remains in tact.

Line up changes have not yet be officially made and should be made more clear come game time on Friday.

The Bulldogs take on the Marlies tomorrow at Ricoh Colliesum in Toronto and I will be in attendance. The puck is expected to drop shortly after 7:00 p.m. EST.

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Canadiens Assign Beaulieu, Bournival to Hamilton Bulldogs

CANADIENS ASSIGN BEAULIEU, BOURNIVAL TO BULLDOGS
Beaulieu has played in four games with Habs this season; Bournival has one goal in two games with ‘Dogs

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MONTREAL, QUE. – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have assigned defenceman Nathan Beaulieu and forward Michael Bournival to the Bulldogs. Both players are expected to rejoin the Canadiens on Sunday.

Beaulieu has played in four games with the Canadiens this season, recording no points and two penalty minutes. The 21-year-old split the 2013-14 season between the Canadiens and Bulldogs. In 17 regular season games with Montreal, the 6-2, 194-pound defenceman recorded two points and eight penalty minutes, then in seven post-season games he added two assists and two penalty minutes. In 57 regular season games with Hamilton, the Strathroy, Ont. native recorded 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) and 33 penalty minutes. In 27 career National Hockey League regular season games, he has recorded four assists and 10 penalty minutes. In 124 career American Hockey League regular season games, he has recorded 58 points (14 goals, 44 assists) and 96 penalty minutes. Beaulieu was selected by the Canadiens in the first round (17th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

Bournival has played in two games with the Bulldogs this season, recording one goal and no penalty minutes. The 22-year-old split the 2013-14 season between the Canadiens and Bulldogs. In 60 regular season games with Montreal, the 5-11, 196-pound forward recorded 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) and 18 penalty minutes, then in 14 post-season games he added one assist. In three regular season games with Hamilton, the Shawinigan, Que. native recorded three points (two goals, one assist) and two penalty minutes. In 74 career AHL regular season games with the ‘Dogs, he has recorded 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) and 28 penalty minutes. Bournival was originally selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round (71st overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Canadiens from the Avalanche in exchange for defenceman Ryan O’Byrne on Nov. 11, 2010.

Hamilton returns to game action on Friday, Oct. 24 when the club will visit the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum at 7 p.m. The ‘Dogs will be back at home on Saturday, Oct. 25 when they’ll host the San Antonio Rampage at FirstOntario Centre at 7 p.m.

Hamilton Bulldogs 2014-15 season tickets, flex tickets, group tickets and single-game tickets are on sale now. For more information, call 1-866-DOGS-TIX or visit hamiltonbulldogs.com.

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Canadiens Recall Forward Michael Bournival from Hamilton

CANADIENS RECALL BOURNIVAL FROM BULLDOGS
Forward had one goal in two games this weekend

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MONTREAL, QUE. – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Canadiens have recalled forward Michael Bournival from the Bulldogs.

Bournival has played in two games with the Bulldogs this season, recording one goal. The 22-year-old split the 2013-14 season between the Canadiens and Bulldogs. In 60 regular season games with Montreal, the 5-11, 196-pound forward recorded 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) and 18 penalty minutes. In three regular season games with Hamilton, the Shawinigan, Que. native recorded three points (two goals, one assist) and two penalty minutes. In 74 career American Hockey League regular season games with the ‘Dogs, he has recorded 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists) and 28 penalty minutes.

Bournival was originally selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the third round (71st overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Canadiens from the Avalanche in exchange for defenceman Ryan O’Byrne on Nov. 11, 2010.

Hamilton returns to game action on Friday, Oct. 24 when the club will visit the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum at 7 p.m. The ‘Dogs will be back at home on Saturday, Oct. 25 when they’ll host the San Antonio Rampage at FirstOntario Centre at 7 p.m.

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Bulldogs Drop Home Opener to Marlies, 3-2 in OT

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report

(Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)
(Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)

AUDIO: Michael Bournival | Sven Andrighetto

HAMILTON, ONT — It was the Hamilton Bulldogs (1-0-1) home opener Friday night at FirstOntario Centre against the Toronto Marlies (2-1-0)  in what was a very entertaining game involving the QEW rivals.  With both Hamilton and Toronto 45 minutes away from each other, the two teams will play 12 times this season. Despite the frequency the Bulldogs and Marlies never disappoint.

Game Summary

The first period saw the Bulldogs take a 1-0 lead with the goal coming from forward Michael Bournival after he stole the puck from a Marlies defender, then made a few nifty dekes to the net scoring his first goal of the season, beating Antoine Bibeau. Bournival was sent down by the Montreal Canadiens to Hamilton for the first two Bulldogs home games this weekend for a conditioning stint. He is expected to make his return to the big leagues  Sunday.

The ‘Dogs saw two power-play opportunities, but could not convert as Toronto showed some very strong penalty-killing with both units. One thing was evident, the Bulldogs struggle on defence. At times they were disorganized, but later made up for their mistakes. In a result, goaltender Joey MacDonald had to come up and make important saves to keep the ‘Dogs in the lead. MacDonald has been off to a strong start with Hamilton, and the first period saw exactly that with seven saves.

The second period saw a little more action with two goals being scored,  one from Toronto and one Hamilton. The Marlies got their first goal of the gamemid way through the second period after forward  Spencer Abbott fed  Patrick Watling a sweet pass that gave MacDonald very little chance to make a save. MacDonald made a cross crease desperation attempt to make the save but had no luck.

Before the Marlies got on the board, enforcer Colton Orr left the game after taking an elbow to the face. He did not return to the period. After forty minutes of play, it was pretty clear that the Bulldogs were having some issues defensively. They seemed disorganized at times, and would frequently cough up the puck.

At the 11 minute mark, Marlies defencemen Peter Granberg took a hooking penalty and the Bulldogs went on to their third power-play of the game. Forward Sven Andrighetto’s first scoring attempt on the man advantage was nice. He came speeding up the right wing, flying by Marlies’ defenders right into Bibeau’s crease, but couldn’t  bury the puck in the open net. Second after that, he sniped one top corner on his second shot of the power-play. That was his first goal of the young 2014-15 season.

In the third period we would see the Marlies tie the game. Forward Josh Leivo, who played a good game offensively, scored for the Marlies only three minutes into the third after making a few prior attempts and taking advantage of a messy Magnus Nygren –  Davis Drewskie combination on that play. The rest of the period would be back and forth for both clubs. MacDonald and Bibeau made nice saves to keep the game tied. Sixty minutes would not be enough time to decide this game, so fans were treated to some 4-on-4 then 3-on-3 overtime hockey.

In the overtime period, the Bulldogs dominated in possession time forcing Bibeau to make multiple saves. At one point, the ‘Dogs crashed the net, which forced Bibeau to cover the puck from behind him, just in time to make the save and keep the game rolling. The 4-on-4 didn’t solve anything,  so in came the  3-on-3 play.

Right off the bat, both MacDonald and Bibeau  had to make  key saves as there was  a lot of ice for the players to skate and the chances were coming everywhere. It’s crazy how fast paced 3-on-3 hockey is. It’s very fun to watch and I hope the NHL takes note of how successful it has been in the AHL. Barely any shootouts have been played. Eventually Marlies forward Connor Brown got a breakaway but with too much speed, he ran into the net and lost control of the puck. Moments later, a bad turnover by the Bulldogs, gave Spencer Abbott a breakaway opportunity and he skated in calmly and  scored to win it. Despite the Bulldogs loss, it’s safe to safe, 3-on-3 overtime is extremely fun to watch.

Game Notes 

  • Attendance: 5,715
  • Three stars: 1. Spencer Abbott  TOR,  2. Sven Andrighetto  HAM,  3. Josh Leivo  TOR.

Video Highlights

Scoring summary courtesy of HamiltonBulldogs.com

Bournival opened the scoring at 6:01 of the first period with a dangle five-hole on Marlies goaltender Antoine Bibeau. Defenceman Davis Drewiske and forward Charles Hudon drew assists on the play.

Marlies forward Patrick Watling answered back at 8:35 of the second period, with assists from forward Spencer Abbott and defenceman Petter Granberg.

The ‘Dogs took a 2-1 lead four minutes later when Andrighetto ripped a shot off the post and in. Forwards Drayson Bowman and Hudon had assists.

Just over three minutes into the third period, Toronto forward Josh Leivo beat a sprawling MacDonald to tie the game a twos, with an assist from forward Trevor Smith.

Five minutes and 31 seconds into the American Hockey League’s new overtime format – which saw three-on-three action after the first whistle following the three-minute mark of the period – Abbott buried a breakaway shot past MacDonald to seal the 3-2 victory for Toronto. Defenceman Tom Nilsson had the only assist.

MacDonald made 26 saves on 29 shots in the Bulldogs net in the loss. Bibeau stopped 29 of 31 shots for the Marlies in the win.

Hamilton went 1-for-3 on the power play, while Toronto was 0-for-2.

Dan Lawrie Insurance Premium Player of the Game: Charles Hudon

The Bulldogs are back in action on Saturday, Oct. 18 when they will host the Rockford IceHogs at FirstOntario Centre at 7 p.m.

Game sheet at AHL.com