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Recap – Griffins vs Bulldogs: ‘Dogs Snap Losing Streak

 

(Photo by Brandon Taylor / Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club)
(Photo by Brandon Taylor / Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club)

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report   – Twitter @Dale_Bulldogs 

HAMILTON, ON — The Hamilton Bulldogs resumed their season long seven game homestand tonight at FirstOntario Centre against the Grand Rapids Griffins, in front of 3,619 fans. Tonight’s game marked the first of the back-to-back between the two clubs.  The Bulldogs took game one and by doing so, they snapped a three-game losing streak.

The first period saw the Bulldogs go up 1-0, thanks to Gabriel Dumont, who scored an absolutely beautiful goal. The Bulldogs captain scored from just outside the crease, where he pulled the puck around, going between the legs to tuck it by Jared Coreau on the power-play. It was Dumont’s eighth goal of the season.

This was the only goal of the opening 20 minutes with the Bulldogs looking much better than they have in their past three games.

In the middle frame, there would be no scoring, thanks to both goaltenders who made some real good saves. However, despite the lack of goals, there was a ton of action, with back-and-forth chances at both ends of the ice. It was surely a better game for the ‘Dogs, who have been missing this sort of offensive effort recently.

Moving on to the third period, the Griffins got right back in the game with Mark Zengerle sniping the puck right over the shoulder of Mike Condon. It would be the forward’s fourth goal of the season.

Late in the third period, the Bulldogs’ captain scored on the breakaway to give the ‘Dogs a 2-1 lead over the Griffins. It was Dumont’s second of the game and ninth of the season.

This was one of Dumont’s best games of the season. He showed it by scoring two goals and making an obvious offensive impact each and every shift.

So with the Bulldogs up 2-1, the Griffins pulled their goaltender adding an extra attacker in an effort to tie the game. But they would have no luck and the Bulldogs held on to secure the 2-1 win, snapping their three game losing skid.

Next Game 

Both the Bulldogs and Griffins are back at it tomorrow with puck drop at 7:00 p.m.

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Bulldogs Welcome Back Tinordi vs Griffins

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report

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HAMILTON, ON — The Hamilton Bulldogs will continue their season long seven game homestand tonight at the FirstOntario Centre as they play host to the Grand Rapids Griffins, the AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings at 7:30 p.m.

I took in the morning skate at FOC. Here are some notes to get you set for the game…

The Bulldogs enter tonight’s contest with a record of 16-17-6 and currently sit 11th in the Western Conference. The Griffins have a record of 19-13-4 and sit 7th with a 19-13-3-1 record.

The big news out of Hamilton this morning is the return of defenceman Jarred Tinordi, who will slide back into the lineup tonight. Tinordi was injured in a fight against the Utica Comets last Friday and was out for three games due to facial and head injuries.

Joey MacDonald, who was originally supposed to start in goal for the Bulldogs this evening, is now up with the Montreal Canadiens with Carey Price injured day-to-day. So you can expect Mike Condon to get the start in goal.

I will have all your live game updates over at Twitter (@Dale_Bulldogs) and a post-game blog following the match here at Bulldogs Hockey Report. Stay tuned.

 

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Recap – Bulldogs Drop Third Straight, Fall 4-1 to Admirals

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(Photo by Brandon Taylor / Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club)

 

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report – Twitter @Dale_Bulldogs

HAMILTON, ON — The Hamilton Bulldogs  kicked off their second half of the 2014-15 American Hockey League regular season at the FirstOntario Centre in front of 2,125 fans in a rare Wednesday night game that resulted in their third straight loss on home ice.

The Admirals opened the scoring at FirstOntario Centre after Triston Grant attempted to pass the puck in front of the Bulldogs net for a teammate, but instead defenceman Darren Dietz accidentally scored on his own net after the puck deflected off his skate and in past Mike Condon.

Jacob De La Rose was called for a holding penalty giving the Admirals a good chance to extend their lead by two goals. And they did just that.

On the power-play with 3:35 to go in the period, Milwaukee went up 2-0 thanks to Austin Watson who shot the puck into an open net beating Condon on the blocker side.

But the Bulldogs luck turned with a couple minutes left in the period.

The Bulldogs got a nice power-play opportunity shortly after the Admirals second goal of the game, with Felix Girard going to the box for tripping. But the ‘Dogs continued their struggles on the man advantage, and did not get on the scoreboard in hopes of cutting the Admirals lead in half.

But just as the Bulldogs power-play ended, Daniel Carr blasted a shot from the point beating Magnus Hellberg five-hole to make it a 2-1 Admirals heading into the first intermission.

The middle frame was a very fast-paced period which saw only one penalty, and that would go to Milwaukee’s Girard for interference. But the Bulldogs still trailed the Admirals 2-1 despite only four shots on net.  Condon had to stop eight for Hamilton, after the Bulldogs made some cough ups in their own zone, giving the Admirals quality scoring chances.

Unlike the second period, the third would get off to a more interesting start with the Admirals extending their lead to 3-1 with Zach Budish scoring an odd goal in front after the puck bounced up and off of Condon and in.

Midway through the period, Darren Dietz deked his way through the Ads’ defenders tucking away the puck past Hellberg but was waived off as the goaltender was pushed into the net.

The Bulldogs pulled Condon and would have the extra attacker out there to help the ‘Dogs offense get back into the game, but they were not successful with the Admirals netting an empty net goal.

Next Game 

The Bulldogs continue their season long seven game homestand on Friday as they host the Grand Rapid Griffins, the AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.

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Bulldogs News: Injury Update, Fournier Returns, First Responders

Brandon Taylor / Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club
Brandon Taylor / Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report – Twitter @Dale_Bulldogs

Hamilton Bulldogs News and Notes for Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

Bulldogs Injury Update

The Bulldogs gave an update on injuries to four players in Tuesday Weekly Release. Here are the following updates:

Connor Crisp – Out with a lower and upper-body injury and is considered day-to-day. Crisp was hit from behind in Saturday’s game against the Lake Erie Monsters where he left and did not return.

Magnus Nygren – Nygren is still sidelined with a concussion (upper-body injury) and is day-to-day, with having a setback last week.

Eric Tangradi – Tangradi will miss the next four weeks with a fracture in his left hand  (upper-body injury) which occurred in a game against Milwaukee a couple weeks ago.

Jarred Tinordi – Tinordi is considered day-to-day with facial and head injuries (upper-body injury) during a fight in which he was knocked out in on Friday against Utica.

Stefan Fournier Back To Hamilton

The Montreal Canadiens have sent forward Stefan Fournier back to the Bulldogs after a three game conditioning stint in the ECHL with the Wheeling Nailers, where he recorded two assists.

Bulldogs And City Of Hamilton To Pay Tribute To First Responders

On Friday, Jan 23rd, the Bulldogs and the City of Hamilton will pay tribute to the regions’ police, fire and ambulance services when the ‘Dogs host the Toronto Marlies at the FirstOntario Centre. This will be the Bulldogs and City of Hamilton’s second year hosting an event for first responders. And according to a press release, the team will have ”a ceremonial puck drop and interactive in-game components associated with the first responders.”

Next Game

The Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday night as they continue their season long seven game homestand at FirstOntario Centre as they take on the Milwaukee Admirals at 7:30 p.m. And as always, I will be in attendance so be sure to follow along via my Twitter (@Dale_Bulldogs) and here at Bulldogs Hockey Report.

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Injury-depleted Bulldogs Fall to Barons, 3-0

Brandon Taylor / Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club
Brandon Taylor / Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report – Twitter @Dale_Bulldogs 

HAMILTON, ON — The injury plagued Hamilton Bulldogs took on the Oklahoma City Barons (American Hockey  League affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers) on Sunday afternoon at the FirstOntario Centre, in Hamilton’s third game in three nights.

Both teams entered today’s contest having played two games in two nights, and today would mark the third in three.

The Montreal Canadiens sent Sven Andrighetto to the Bulldogs after Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Hamilton really needed the offensive support – especially since this afternoon was their third game in three nights.

It only took 4 minutes and 14 seconds for the game to see its first goal, and that would go to the Oklahoma City Barons. Forward Jason Williams picked the puck off a Hamilton player and backhanded it past MacDonald on the blocker side, to notch his 14th goal of the season.

The Bulldogs then pushed hard to get on the board, but there were not successful as the Barons netminder Richard Bachman made 11 big saves in the opening frame.

But with only 4:27 to go in the period, the Barons extended their lead to 2-0 thanks to Iro Pakarinen, who tipped a shot from the point that squeaked by MacDonald.

The second period came to an end in Hamilton and the Barons remained up by two goals. Although the Bulldogs trail the Barons, Hamilton did generate some more offensive chances and outshot Oklahoma in the second 9-7. But Bachman was real solid for the Barons and the ‘Dogs just could not find a way to get by him.

Five minutes into the third, Bowman had a solid chance to score, as he initially shot the puck but then there was a huge rebound and Bowman shot the puck at an open net, but some how Bachman made sure that puck stayed out. Close call.

The Bulldogs had another solid opportunity to score, this time from forward Nevins, who shot the puck wide and missed an open net.

With about two minutes to go, Bowman tripped over the Bulldogs net and appeared to be in some pain as he struggled to walk on his left foot. He left the rest of the period and did not return.

(After the game head coach Sylvain Lefebvre provided an update on Bowman saying that he will be just fine.)

But with a minute left, the Barons put the nail in the coffin and made it 3-0 with an empty net goal from Andrew Miller.

With tonight’s loss, the Bulldogs went 1-2-0 on the weekend set.

Injury Update – 

The Bulldogs were without forwards Connor Crisp (injured), Eric Tangradi (injured) and Shane Bakker (healthy) and defencemen Magnus Nygren (injured) and Jarred Tinordi (injured) tonight and coach Lefebvre said post-game that they’re hoping Crisp and Tinordi will only miss about a week or two.

Quick Notes – 

Attendance  – 4,255
Total shots – Hamilton 26, Oklahoma 31
Three Stars – 1) Bachman (OKC), 2) Williams (OKC), 3) MacDonald (HAM)

Next Game  – 

The Bulldogs will resume their season long seven game homestand on Wednesday as they play host to the Milwaukee Admirals at FirstOntario Centre with puck drop set for 7:30 p.m.

 

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Monsters Bash Bulldogs, Win 2-1

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Brandon Taylor / Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club

 

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report 

HAMILTON, ONT — On Friday, the Hamilton Bulldogs played their first game of three game weekend set against the American Hockey League leading team, Utica Comets, and defeated them by a score of 3-0 – in a game that was well deserving of a win.

Tonight, the Bulldogs played their second game in two nights against the Lake Erie Monsters, the AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche at the FirstOntario Centre, and were defeated by a score of 2-1.

GAME RUNDOWN 

The first period came to an end at the FirstOntario Centre with a scoreless game. However, there was a ton of action and good scoring chances.

It didn’t take long for another scary incident to happen. This time, involving  Connor Crisp, who was checked from behind by Daniel Maggio and that would spark a scrum with Joe Finley and Darren Dietz defending their teammate. Crisp then went off to the dressing room.

Surprisingly,  Maggio did not receive a game misconduct and only went off for two minutes for roughing. But when he made his return to the ice after serving the minor penalty, Bulldogs forward Jack Nevins dropped the gloves with him and Nevins would have the advantage by landing a handful of punches and bringing him down to the ice. The crowd then loudly cheered and both players continued to chirp each other from the penalty box.

Fast forward two periods and we saw forty minutes of hockey played in Hamilton and still, there was no goal scoring.

It’s quite clear that the Monsters are not making many friends in Hamilton. Why? Well because they were hitting players way too many times from behind and the refs still did not kick a player out for it. Crisp, who was hit from behind in the first period, did not return and that raised a few eyebrows.

Putting the shenanigans to the side, there were a few good scoring chances for both teams, and the Monsters did score, but it was waved off due to a hand pass. So the game  remained scoreless. For a time, at least.

But in the third period, the first official goal of the game came just 28 seconds into the frame, thanks to Joey Hishon who scored the nice breakaway goal giving the Monsters a 1-0 lead over the Bulldogs.

So in the third period we finally saw some scoring action and this time, the Bulldogs answered with rookie Charles Hudon slapping home a beautiful one timer to make it a tie game. It was Hudon’s 11th goal of the season, too.

With 3:15 to go, the Monsters then took a late 2-1 lead thanks to a goal from Trevor Cheek who scored from inside the slot with a crowded net in front of Mike Condon.

The Bulldogs called a timeout with a minute or so left and Condon sat on the bench for the extra attacker, but they could not find the back of the net and the Monsters held on for the 2-1 win on Saturday night.

Next Game

The Bulldogs are back in action tomorrow at 3:00 p.m. as they host the Oklahoma City Barons, the AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers.

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Bulldogs defenceman Tinordi out indefinitely

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By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report

The Hamilton Bulldogs provided an update on Jarred Tinordi, who was hurt in Friday’s game due to a fight where he was knocked flat out.

It was tough to watch.

The Bulldogs say Tinord suffered head and facial injuries during the second period against the Utica Comets on Friday. They also say there is no timetable for the defenceman’s return.

If you missed it, you can watch the fight below. But warning, it may be disturbing to some.

 

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Bulldogs Blank Comets, First AHL Shutout for Condon

 

Brandon Taylor / Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club
Brandon Taylor / Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report 

HAMILTON, ONT —  The Hamilton Bulldogs played host to the Utica Comets, the AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night, in their first game of a three-game set this  weekend at FirstOntario Centre. The Comets, who sit in first place in the North Division entered the game with A 22-7-5 record, good enough for 49 points. The Bulldogs, who are third in the North, entered the game with a 15-14-6 record, and have one win in their past five games.

But tonight, the Bulldogs walked away with the win by defeating the Comets by a score of 3-0 on Friday night at the Dog Pound!

GAME RUNDOWN 

FIRST PERIOD 

The first period of play would see the Bulldogs take a 1-0 lead, thanks to Nick Sorkin on the power-play, which came towards the end of the opening frame. There wasn’t much action in the period, other than the lone Bulldogs goal. But a little after the mid-way mark in the first, Darren Dietz was hit from behind by a Utica player and was down for several seconds before getting back up with help from the trainers.

SECOND PERIOD 

The second period would see the Bulldogs score a goal from Daniel Carr, but it would be waved off immediately with 1:25 left in the middle frame. The goal would not count and the ‘Dogs would still have a 1-0 lead after forty minutes of play.

But midway through the period, another scary incident would take place, this time involving defenceman Jarred Tinordi.  Tinordi and Andrey Pedan were involved in a staged fight, and Tinordi took a heavy punch to the face area and immediately fell to the ice and was down for a over a minute. Once he got up, with help from teammates, trainers and the officials, there was a ton of blood on the ice. Tinordi went straight to the dressing room and did not return to the game. Head coach Sylvain Lefebvre provided an update after the game and said Tinordi will be re-evaluated on Saturday and will need some dental work done.

If you didn’t see the fight yet, you can watch below (Warning, it may be disturbing.)

THIRD PERIOD

Finally, the third period saw a little more action as the Bulldogs scored two more goals to take the game by a score of 3-0. Maxime Macenauer scored the second goal of the game for the ‘Dogs, extending their lead to 2-0 after roofing it past Eriksson. The Bulldogs then scored an empty net goal, securing the win with the goal coming from Jacob de la Rose, who now has four on the season.

With the win, Mike Condon skated away with his first AHL shutout stopping all 27 shots faced.

NEXT GAME

The Bulldogs are back in action tomorrow as they play host to Lake Erie Monsters, with puck drop expected shortly after 7:00 p.m.

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Bulldogs Defeat Americans on Toy Toss Night

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report 

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HAMILTON, ONT — It was a pretty special night in Hamilton, as the Bulldogs hosted the Rochester Americans on toy toss night, in support of the CHML, Y108 and 953 Fresh FM Children’s Fund, that will deliver the toys to children in need just in time for Christmas – and that always draws a good crowd.

GAME RUNDOWN 

As noted above, tonight was a pretty special night at First Ontario Centre for the toy toss, and the Bulldogs had several chances in the opening period to score a much anticipated goal that would trigger the toy toss madness. But however, they failed to convert.

Every shot and every chance the Bulldogs had to score, the fans got louder, and louder anticipating a goal. But the Bulldogs did not get one, so fans would have to wait for the second period.

The second period would be a lot more special.

Hamilton’s forward Daniel Carr scored the first goal of the game and triggered the toy toss extravaganza, which lasted a good ten minutes with Bulldogs personnel cleaning up the thousands of wrapped teddy bears.  It was quite the scene to witness.

Several minutes after the Bulldogs scored the first goal of the game, the Americans evened it up with a goal coming from Johan Larsson.

Moments after Larsson’s goal that tied things up for Rochester, they took the lead after Dan Catenacci deflected the puck in front, beating Mike Condon.

On Hamilton’s penalty kill, Condon made a huge cross-crease save that kept the game at 2-1 Rochester.

The Bulldogs were able to tie things with with 3:49 left in the second period after T.J. Hensick tapped in the loose puck that was sitting on the blueline after Drayson Bowman shot a puck off Nathan Lieuwen, which trickled behind him.

The Bulldogs were rolling at this point, and Jacob De La Rose had a wonderful chance to give the ‘Dogs the lead after receiving the puck at the top of the circle and firing a slap shot that would land right in the chest of Lieuwen.

With just 17 seconds remaining, Hensick came down the wing and chipped a weak shot past Lieuwen. That was Hensick’s second goal of the game and Hudon’s second assist of the night.

The third period was a lot more physical than the first two with players getting involved in after whistle scrums, and many more hits.

The Bulldogs played a good third period keeping their lead intact and they held on to take the win by a score of 3-2.

 

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Lindback Shines as Bulldogs Fall to Stars in OT

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report

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HAMILTON, ONT — The Hamilton Bulldogs entered this afternoon’s contest having won their last on Saturday in Toronto to division rivals Marlies by a score of 4-2. Hamilton had 24 points in the North Division, which was good enough for third place, with a record of 11-10-2. But tonight, the Bulldogs fell to the Texas Stars in overtime by a score of 2-1.

GAME RUNDOWN 

PERIOD 1

The first period saw a lone goal come from the Texas Stars on the power-play. Scott Glennie scored his second goal of the 2014-15 AHL season after tapping away the loose puck in front of the Bulldogs net.

Hamilton’s goaltender Mike Condon made a huge cross-crease save in the final minutes of the first period on a Stars’ 2-on-1 break.

As the buzzer sounded after the first twenty minutes of play, the Stars led the Bulldogs 1-0. It was an entertaining period, with end-to-end action, but the Bulldogs still struggled on the power-play, as they could not convert on two opportunities. They were a little sloppy to start, with multiple turnovers, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt as they were playing their third game in three nights. The third game is always the toughest.

PERIOD 2

The second period saw no scoring. There were, however, multiple chances for both teams but the goaltenders would make the saves. The Bulldogs had two more power-play opportunities, but they failed to convert, again. They spent most of the time trying to enter the zone, and when they entered it, they struggled to stay there.

After forty minutes of play, the Stars led 1-0.

PERIOD 3 

The first half of the third period featured a few solid chances for the Bulldogs to get on the board and tie the game, but Stars netminder Anders Lindback was the game changer. At the other end, Condon made more saves that would keep the ‘Dogs within reach.

Gabriel Dumont got a nice breakaway chance, but was denied and a Stars defenceman collided with Lindback. And then around the twelve minute mark, Charles Hudon wristed shot the puck right off the post. Close call. Just about tied the game.

With only 1:32 left in the third period, T.J. Hensick fired a one-timer past Lindback that went top shelf. Really nice goal on a wicked shot.

Sixty minutes would not be enough, off to overtime we go!

OVERTIME 

It took about five minutes for the game to end.

Texas won the game with a goal coming from Maxime Fortunus who would sneak one by Condon.

Who was in, who was out? 

Hamilton: Magnus Nygren, Connor Crisp.

Texas: Mike Dalhuison, Justin Dowling, Kevin Henderson, Connor Hardowa.