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IceCaps game report

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.

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IceCaps game report

Recap – 3 Stars, Highlights, Summary: Aggressive Bulldogs Take Mary’s Cup

Preseason  Game 3  Away game 3  |  Sunday October 5, 2014 | Bulldogs win Mary’s Cup series 2-1!

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 Game Recap:

On Sunday, the Winnipeg Jets acquired goaltender Peter Budaj from the Montreal Canadiens. The trade also included two players participating in the Mary’s Cup meaning forwards Patrick Holland and Eric Tangradi had to switch dressing rooms just prior to the game. Tangradi wore No. 45 in his first game for Hamilton.

The Bulldogs took advantage of offensive zone pressure after the expiration of a powerplay to get on the board first with a goal from defenceman Joe Finley at the 9:14 mark of the first period.

The penalty-killers were put to work in the second period as the Dogs ran into penalty trouble.  Bulldogs goaltender Joey MacDonald and his IceCaps counterpart, Connor Hellebuyck, ensured that just one goal was on the scoreboard after 40 minutes.

The strong play of both goalies continued in the third period. Daniel Carr gave the Bulldogs some breathing room with a goal midway in the third frame. Less than a minute later Riley Brace notched a shorthanded goal. Brace added an empty-netter to seal the win and the series victory in St. John’s.

Plus / Minus

▲   Daniel Carr, Joey MacDonald, Riley Brace, Mac Bennett

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Boxscore:

 FINAL 1 2 3 T
 Hamilton Bulldogs 1 0 3 4
 St. John’s IceCaps 0 0 0 0

Summary:
Goal Scorers:
HAM  Joe Finley, Daniel Carr, Riley Brace (2)
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Goalies:
HAM Joey MacDonald  (W)
STJ Connor Hellebuyck  (L)
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Shots on Goal:

 FINAL 1 2 3 T
 Hamilton Bulldogs 10 9 12 31
  St. John’s IceCaps 7 6 9 22

 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Daniel Carr  HAM  (one goal)
  2. Joey MacDonald  HAM  (shutout, 22 saves)
  3. Connor Hellebuyck  STJ  (27 saves)
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Bulldogs News: Training Camp, First Win, Roster Choices

By Dale Lamontagne | @Dale_Lamontagne , Bulldogs Hockey Report

 

(Photo by HamiltonBulldogs.com)
(Photo by HamiltonBulldogs.com)
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 Training camp: October 3

  • Pre-game skate – Gander Community Centre (Gander, N.L.) – 11:15 a.m.
  • Game vs. St. John’s IceCaps – Gander Community Centre (Gander, N.L.) – 7 p.m.
  • In case you missed it, Bulldogs Hockey Report photographer, Rabita, was at the opening day of Bulldogs training camp to capture photos and audio. You can find her report here.

Upcoming:

Saturday, Oct. 4
Practice – Gander Community Centre (Gander, N.L.) – 11:15 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5
Game vs. St. John’s IceCaps – Mile One Centre (St. John’s, N.L.) – 4 p.m.

 Bulldogs win first pre-season game

  • The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the St. John’s IceCaps 3-2 in the first preseason game of 2014.
  • Rick Stephens put together a good summary of the game which can be found here including video highlights.
  • The Bulldogs will take on the IceCaps again tonight, which can be heard on 900 CHML.

Bulldogs Roster – who makes it?

  • The roster for the Hamilton Bulldogs training camp stands at 32 players, including 18 forwards, 11 defencemen and 3 goaltenders.
  • The Bulldogs have added some really good depth to their forward core this summer, something we didn’t see a lot of last season.
  • It’s early, but here is my first look at players who are expected to make the Bulldogs opening night roster:

Forwards

Sven Andrighetto, T.J. Hensick, Jacob De La Rose, Christian Thomas, Maxime Macenauer, Charles Hudon, Patrick Holland, Jake Dowell, Gabriel Dumont, Nick Sorkin, Connor Crisp and Jack Nevins.

Defence

Mac Bennett, Greg Pateryn, Magnus Nygren, Jarred Tinordi, Morgan Ellis, Darren Dietz

Goaltenders

Joey MacDonald, Mike Condon

  • That leaves the following players on the bubble:

Forwards

Tim Bozon, Riley Brace

Defence

Davis Drewskie, Joe Finley, Dalton Thrower

  •  What do you think? Leave your comments in the space below.

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IceCaps game report

Recap – 3 Stars, Summary: Bulldogs Down IceCaps for First Preseason Win

Preseason  Game 1  Away game 1  |  Thursday October 2, 2014 | Bulldogs lead Mary’s Cup series 1-0

(Photo by stjohnsicecaps.com)
(Photo by stjohnsicecaps.com)

 Game Recap:

The St. John’s IceCaps struck first scoring on Bulldogs starter Joey MacDonald just three minutes in to the opening frame. Shane Bakker tied in up for the Bulldogs nearing the midway point of the period. Two goals, one for each side, within a minute of each other left the teams tied after the first period. Daniel Carr scored the winner for the Bulldogs at the 8:25 mark of the second period. Splitting the goaltending duties, Franky Palazzese took over the Bulldogs goal at the 9:38 mark of the second.

Game 2 of the three-game Mary’s Cup series is scheduled for Friday at 5:30 pm. ET at the Gander Community Centre.

Plus / Minus

▲   Daniel Carr. Charles Hudon, Morgan Ellis

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Boxscore:

 FINAL 1 2 3 T
 Hamilton Bulldogs 2 1 0 3
 St. John’s IceCaps 2 0 0 2

Summary:
Goal Scorers:
HAM  Shane Bakker, Charles Hudon, Daniel Carr
STJ  Mike Cornell, Chase Balisy
Goalies:
HAM Joey MacDonald, Franky Palazzese (W)
STJ Jussi Olkinuora (L)
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Shots on Goal:

 FINAL 1 2 3 T
 Hamilton Bulldogs NA
  St. John’s IceCaps NA

 AHL Three Stars
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  1. Charles Hudon  HAM  (one goal, one assist)
  2. Mike Cornell STJ  (one goal)
  3. Daniel Carr  HAM  (one goal, one assist)
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Bulldogs Open Training Camp [with AUDIO]

By Rabita Naqvi and Rick Stephens, Bulldogs Hockey Report

Magnus Nygren (Photo by Rabita Naqvi | Rocket Sports Media)
Magnus Nygren (Photo by Rabita Naqvi | Rocket Sports Media)

MEDIA DAY AUDIO: Vincent Riendeau | Sylvain Lefebvre | Magnus Nygren | Joey MacDonald | T.J. Hensick

HAMILTON, ON – It was media day at FirstOntario Centre marking the official opening to the Hamilton Bulldogs 2014-15 training camp.  27 players are in camp preparing to spend the next few days in Newfoundland practicing in St. John’s and playing a three-game series in Gander against the St. John’s IceCaps.

One player, defenseman Magnus Nygren, attracted the most attention for comments that he made after returning to Sweden following a 16-game stint with the Bulldogs last season.  Salivating with tabloid-like enthusiasm, some media prodded Nygren with questions about crime in Hamilton and the unemployment rate.

Credit to Nygren for rising above the fray saying, “I’m here for playing hockey. What happened last year is past now. I’m looking forward to this season.” The young defenseman added, “I’m here to be a better hockey player. I’m here to help the team win.”

Coach Sylvain Lefebvre told Nygren that they would be starting with a “clean slate” telling reporters, “This year is a new year. You know for him, he’s a year older, he’s got more experience now, and he knows what to expect here in Hamilton. He knows the coaching staff and some of his teammates. I’m sure that Magnus is disappointed that he was cut from (the) main camp in Montreal, but his goal is to play in the NHL.”

Lefebvre added, “His goal is our goal. We want [Nygren] to be a very good player for our club here in Hamilton. We want him to move up (to the NHL.)”

Goaltender Joey MacDonald said that the Bulldogs should have a good combination of young players battling for positions as well as veterans like T.J. Hensick and Joe Finley saying “It’s a good situation here and I’m looking forward to it.”

Newly appointed assistant general manager Vincent Riendeau spoke about his move to a more administrative role to assist the Canadiens senior vice president Rick Dudley and assistant general manager Larry Carriere.

 

 

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27 Players Invited to Bulldogs Training Camp

BULLDOGS ANNOUNCE TRAINING CAMP ROSTER AND SCHEDULE

Hamilton Bulldogs Media Release

Patrick Holland (Photo by HamiltonBulldogs.com)
Patrick Holland (Photo by HamiltonBulldogs.com)

MONTREAL, QUE. – Montreal Canadiens and Hamilton Bulldogs general manager Marc Bergevin announced today the Bulldogs initial roster for the club’s 2014-15 training camp, which includes 15 forwards, nine defencemen and three goaltenders.

Hamilton’s training camp will open tomorrow, Tuesday, Sept. 30 with media availability at FirstOntario Centre at 10 a.m. before the team travels to Newfoundland and Labrador later in the day to prepare for the Mary’s Cup pre-season series with the St. John’s IceCaps. The first game of that series is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 2 at Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium in Grand Falls, N.L. at 7 p.m. Each pre-season game can be heard live on AM 900 CHML.

2014-15 Training Camp Roster Schedule

Tuesday, Sept. 30
Media availability – FirstOntario Centre (Hamilton, Ont.) – 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 1
Practice – Mile One Centre (St. John’s, N.L.) – 1 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2
Pre-game skate – Gander Community Centre (Gander, N.L.) – 11:15 a.m.
Game vs. St. John’s IceCaps – Joe Byrne Memorial Stadium (Grand Falls, N.L.) – 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3
Pre-game skate – Gander Community Centre (Gander, N.L.) – 11:15 a.m.
Game vs. St. John’s IceCaps – Gander Community Centre (Gander, N.L.) – 7 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 4
Practice – Gander Community Centre (Gander, N.L.) – 11:15 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 5
Game vs. St. John’s IceCaps – Mile One Centre (St. John’s, N.L.) – 4 p.m.

2014-15 Training Camp Roster

http://hamiltonbulldogs.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/Training%20camp%20roster.pdf

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A First Look at Hamilton Bulldogs 2014-15 Lineup

By Dale Lamontagne, Lead Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report

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

MILTON, ON. — The Hamilton Bulldogs have added some veteran depth up front in signing T.J. Hensick to a one-year deal on Thursday.

It’s no secret the Bulldogs lack veteran help up the middle with just Jacob De La Rose and Gabriel Dumont  currently penciled in on the depth chart. But by adding Hensick, the Bulldogs get a proven forward at the AHL level that will likely center Sven Andrighetto and Christian Thomas on the first line, which could end up being the Bulldogs most offensive line in the 2014-15 campaign.

Hensick, 28, has 371 points in 363 AHL regular season games. He split the 2013-2014 season between the Hartford Wolf Pack and the Swedish Hockey League’s MODO.

In 42 games with Hartford, he scored 34 points (11 goals, 23 assists), and in 31 regular season games with MODO, he scored 15 points (four goals, 11 assists.)

Overall, this is a good depth move for the Bulldogs and I’d expect Hensick to score 30+ points next season, which is something the ‘Dogs desperately need.

There will be several changes in the 2014-15 Bulldogs lineup from last season with 18-goal man Mike Blunden being signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning and goaltender Devan Dubnyk being picked up by the Arizona Coyotes.

Forward Joonas Nattinen is a restricted free agent who received a qualifying offer from the Canadiens but he will be playing for MODO in the Swedish Eite League in the Fall. The Habs chose not to give qualifying offers to the following restricted free agents: forward Robert Czarnik and goaltender Peter Delmas.  Goalie Robert Mayer was released from the final year of his contract instead signing a three year deal with Genève-Servette HC of the Swiss hockey league.

With a hole in their goaltending depth resulting from the departures of Dubnyk, Delmas and Mayer, the Canadiens signed free agent Joey MacDonald to a one-year, two-way deal. MacDonald will likely share the crease with Mike Condon who spent most of his season in the ECHL.

Jacob de la Rose has committed to playing in Canada this season and will likely center the second line.  It will be interesting to see what happens with defenseman Magnus Nygren who has declared that he will not go back to Hamilton after an unsatisfying experience both on and off the ice. Both parties are likely open to a trade.

Mac Bennett could get a chance to play with his Michigan teammate Greg Pateryn. The puck-moving Bennett paired with the stay-at-home Pateryn formed an effective duo for the Wolverines. Also on defense Dalton Thrower was signed to a three-year entry-level contract days after the conclusion of the Canadiens season.

In other changes the Habs finally parted ways with the underachieving Louis Leblanc trading him to the Anaheim Ducks for a conditional fifth round pick. Montreal decided to pass on signing Brady Vail and Erik Nystrom to entry-level contracts. Back in April, the Habs signed forwards Connor Crisp and Daniel Carr from the NCAA champion Union College Dutchmen to contracts. Rugged forward Jeremy Gregoire signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Canadiens but he has one more year of junior hockey left with Baie-Comeau Drakkar.

Below is an updated depth chart of the Bulldogs:

 

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As you can see, the Bulldogs lack veteran depth up front and on the back end whereas the goaltending situation seems fine.

Nonetheless, this signing is the start of many changes that need to be addressed in Hamilton.