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Thomas Nets First, Bulldogs Drop Second Straight in OT

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report

Mike Condon (Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)
Mike Condon (Photo by Hamilton Bulldogs)

HAMILTON, ONT — The Hamilton Bulldogs (1-0-1) took on the Rockford IceHogs (1-1-0) on Saturday night at FirstOntario Centre, in the team’s second and final game of the opening weekend. The Bulldogs suffered a 3-2, 3-on-3  overtime loss to the Toronto Marlies on Friday and they  were hoping to get back on the winning note  against the IceHogs on Saturday.  Hamilton could not pull off a win as they were defeated 2-1 in 3-on-3 overtime for the second consecutive game to move to a record of 1-0-2.


Hamilton started the first period on a positive note, scoring the game’s first goal on a 2-on-1 rush led by Nick Sorkin and T.J. Hensick with Christian Thomas netting his first goal of the season. The remainder of the period would feature back-and-forth play with the Bulldogs given two power-play opportunities, but they failed to convert.  The IceHogs penalty-killing unit didn’t waste any time dumping the puck out of the zone during the Bulldogs advantage and Hamilton struggled to re-gain the offensive zone.

Like Hamilton in the first period, the IceHogs started the second on a good note and managed to find their way onto the scoreboard with Joakim Nordstrom dragging the puck around Bulldogs netminder Mike Condon and potting the goal.

The first fight of the game came at the 12:58 minute mark of the second period with T.J. Brennan and Drayson Bowman dropping the gloves.  The combatants exchanged a few words after a check behind the net before beginning the bout.

Hamilton’s Sven Andrighetto later went off for tripping and Rockford was awarded their first power-play of the game. Moments after the call, it looked like Rockford scored, but it was waived off for goaltender interference and the game remained tied. After 60 minutes the teams would head to overtime.

For the second consecutive night, the game needed extra time and the 4-on-4 overtime rule did not decide the game, so it was up to the new 3-on-3 rule to kick in for a very short period of time.

Right away, Condon had to make a good glove save during the 3-0n-3, as there was a ton of  ice that created multiple odd man rushes. Moments after the big glove save, Peter Regin picked up a loose puck in Condon’s crease and was able to net the goal to give the IceHogs the victory.

It was a tough loss for the Bulldogs, who managed to pick up two points this weekend, as they dropped both games (Toronto & Rockford) in the new 3-on-3 overtime format. This is something the ‘Dogs will need to work on. Head coach Sylvain Lefebvre said after the game that the team will need to keep practising so that the guys will eventually become more accustomed to the new AHL rule.


Tangardi was named the Dan Lawire Insurance Premium Player of the Game for the Bulldogs tonight. The forward created multiple chances for the ‘Dogs and made a handful of blocked shots.


The Bulldogs are back in action on Friday as they travel to Toronto to take on rival Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum. The team’s next home game will be on Saturday when they host the San Antonio Rampage at FirstOntario Centre.

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Bulldogs Sign Forward Jake Dowell to One-Year Contract


MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Bulldogs have signed forward Jake Dowell to a one-year American Hockey League contract for the 2014-2015 season.

Dowell split 2013-2014 between the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and its AHL affiliate, the Iowa Wild. In one regular season game with Minnesota, the 29-year-old recorded no points and no penalty minutes. In 57 regular season games with Iowa, the Eau Claire, Wisconsin native registered 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) and 56 penalty minutes.

A veteran of eight professional seasons, Dowell has participated in 462 NHL and AHL regular season games combined. In 305 career AHL regular season games with the Iowa Wild, Houston Aeros, Rockford IceHogs and Norfolk Admirals, the 6’0”, 204-pound forward has compiled 93 points (33 goals, 60 assists) and 386 penalty minutes. In 157 career NHL regular season games with the Minnesota Wild, Dallas Stars and Chicago Blackhawks, he has recorded 33 points (11 goals, 22 assists) and 133 penalty minutes. In 2013-2014, he was the recipient of the AHL’s Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award as the player who best exemplified qualities of sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey, voted on by the league’s players, coaches and media.

Before turning pro, Dowell played four seasons with the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s University of Wisconsin Badgers. In 159 career games with Wisconsin between 2003 and 2007, he recorded 90 points (42 goals, 48 assists) and 218 penalty minutes. As an amateur, he won an NCAA national championship with Wisconsin in 2006 and an International Ice Hockey Federation World Under-20 Championship with the United States in 2004.

Dowell was originally selected by the Blackhawks in the fifth round (140th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.


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Release: Bulldogs Sign Defenceman Bobby Shea to One-year Deal


Hamilton Bulldogs Media Release


MONTREAL, QUEBEC – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs General Manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Bulldogs have signed defenceman Bobby Shea to a one-year, two-way American Hockey League / ECHL contract for the 2014-2015 season.

Shea split the 2013-2014 season between the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs and the ECHL’s Toledo Walleye. In 29 regular season games with Rockford, the 24-year-old recorded seven points (three goals, four assists) and 84 penalty minutes. In 19 regular season games with Toledo, the Harrison Township, Michigan native registered four points (two goals, two assists) and 22 penalty minutes.

The 5’11”, 201-pound defenceman turned professional with the ECHL’s Reading Royals at the end of the 2012-2013 season following a four-year collegiate career. In four regular season games with Reading in 2012-2013, he recorded one assist and 17 penalty minutes. Then, in 15 playoff games, he recorded three points (two goals, one assist) and 21 penalty minutes as he helped Reading capture the 2013 Kelly Cup championship.

Before turing pro, Shea played four seasons with the Bowling Green State University Falcons. In 139 career regular season games with Bowling Green from 2009 to 2013, he recorded 36 points (nine goals, 27 assists) and 239 penalty minutes.

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Bulldogs Snap Drought, Top Icehogs (with post-game audio)

By Dan Kramer, Senior Writer, All Habs Hockey Magazine

POST-GAME AUDIO:  Gabriel Dumont | Patrick Holland and Sylvain Lefebvre

HAMILTON, ON – The Hamilton Bulldogs hadn’t scored in three consecutive games coming into tonight’s tilt with the Rockford Icehogs, and given Rockford’s far superior record, expectations were low.  So when the ‘Dogs fell behind 1-0 less than two minutes into the first period, you’d have been forgiven for thinking it was the same old script repeating itself.

But on this night, the Bulldogs had some bite, finally snapping their drought on a controversial Patrick Holland marker.  Holland deflected a Gabriel Dumont shot past Alec Richards, and though replay seemed to indicate the buzzer had sounded before the puck crossed the line, the goal stood, evening the score through 20 minutes.

Though they were outshot, Hamilton generated a number of quality chances in the first period, likely more than they had in their entire previous outing against the Toronto Marlies.  Thus there was reason to be optimistic, and the team built a lead on a rare powerplay marker with Dumont tipping in a Frederic St. Denis point  blast.

After Robert Mayer made a number of key quick reflex saves (35 total stops on the night) to keep Rockford from adding a second marker of their own, Olivier Fortier found a loose puck and open side of the net staring up at him off a Philipps Lefebvre centering play and buried his first of the season.  That insurance marker was all the team needed, as Hamilton snapped a 3-game losing streak, posting just their second win in their last 10 outings.  Dumont’s goal and assist make him easily the hottest ‘Dog offensively, particularly at home with the team’s previous game at Copps Coliseum being Dumont’s career night of three goals and five points.

Newest ‘Dog Jason DeSantis made his team debut, playing on a pairing with Jarred Tinordi, and was solid, logging big minutes in all situations.  Hamilton is back in action tomorrow night at home again as they take on Lake Erie.  Be sure to tune into Abe Hefter’s Locker Room show on Montreal’s CJAD 800 AM radio from 6 PM to 7 PM, as I’ll join him to tee up the game at 6:45 PM.

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