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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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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 Blank Comets, First AHL Shutout for Condon

 

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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.

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Bulldogs Fall to Marlies on Military Appreciation Night

By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report

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HAMILTON, ONT —  On Military Appreciation Night at FirstOntario Centre, the Hamilton Bulldogs did not come out on top as they would of hoped too, as the Toronto Marlies defeated the ‘Dogs 3-1.

GAME RUNDOWN 

The first period concluded with the Hamilton Bulldogs on the power-play, but both teams left the ice with a tie game after a quick, entertaining first period.

Both the Bulldogs and Toronto Marlies had multiple chances to score the games first goal, but they were denied by two goaltenders. Antoine Bibeau for the Marlies and Mike Condon between the pipes for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs had some quality chances on their two power-plays,  but could not convert.

Shifting our attention to the Marlies, they opened the period on a good note. They were all over the ‘Dogs, and pounced on a bunch of loose pucks in front of Condon.

After forty minutes of play, the Bulldogs and Marlies remained scoreless. And that’s odd.

Like the first period, the Bulldogs were handed a handful of power-plays, but they could not convert as Bibeau and the Marlies penalty-kill cleared the puck.

Five minutes into the third period we witnessed the game’s first goal. And it came from the Home team.

Sven Andrighetto picked up the puck near the blue line, walked in and wristed it by Bibeau on the blocker side.

With about 10 minutes left in the period, the Marlies finally got on the board as Connor Brown deflected a shot high past Condon to tie the game.

During a four-on-four sequence with about five minutes to go, Toronto took their first lead of the game after Kozun tucked in the loose puck to the glove side of Condon.

And, the Marlies extended their lead with an empty net goal coming from Troy Bodie from centre ice.

The Bulldogs lost tonight’s contest by a score of 3-1.

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Bulldogs Win Matinee in OT, Defeat Amerks 5-4

(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 entered this afternoon’s contest having snapped a three game losing streak in St. John’s to the IceCaps. But tonight, the Bulldogs defeated the Rochester Americans by a score of 5-4 in overtime and are now 6-7-2 in the young 2014-15 AHL season.

Game Rundown 

There were a lot of goal scoring in the first period, as the  Hamilton Bulldogs were able to take a comfortable  4-1 lead after the with Rene Bourque, Jacob De La Rose, Greg Pateryn and Gabriel Dumont scoring for the ‘Dogs, while Luke Adam notched the lone goal for the Rochester Americans.

The good news after the first period, two of the four Bulldogs goals in the first came on the power-play, and that’s refreshing. It’s well documented that the ‘Dogs have had a rough go thus far on the man advantage, and scoring the two goals up a man this afternoon is a good sign moving forward for the team.

Sven Andrighetto, who was a healthy scratch on Friday in St. John’s, scored three points in the Bulldogs victory. I think he got the message loud a clear on Friday when he sat out and watched the team from the stands.

Bulldogs head coach Sylvain Lefebvre spoke to the media after the game and provided some insight on why he decided  to scratch Andrighetto.  ”You don’t want to do that, but sometimes you do have to do that,” said the Lefebvre in a much happier mood. ”For a coach there’s only so many ways to send messages and that’s one. [Andrighetto] responded really well tonight and that’s what we want. He’s a big part of this organization and he’s a top prospect,” said coach.

Lefebvre said Andrighetto was scratched because of the compete level and inconsistent performances. The coaching staff in Hamilton want Andrighetto to be NHL ready and not AHL. This was defiantly  an eye opener for the young forward.

In the middle frame, the Americans would strike back and score three unanswered goals to tie the game at four a piece, with Matt Ellis, Chad Rutwedel and Jake McCabe scoring the goals for the Americans, who have struggled to string along wins in their past 10 games.

The third period would see a game that would remain tied. And if it weren’t for netminder Mike Condon, it would be a different story.

Condon played a really solid game in the final period of Sunday’s afternoon matinee, as he made a handful of saves that kept the puck out of the net and gave the Bulldogs the opportunity to send the game to overtime, where they would eventually score the game winner.

Just a little over two minutes into the extra frame, forward T.J. Hensick scored his third goal of the season, and notching the Bulldogs sixth win of the 2014-15 campaign.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday as they travel to Utica to take on the Comets. The Bulldogs next home game is on Friday as they host division rivals Toronto Marlies.

 

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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:

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 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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Recap – 3 Stars, Highlights, Summary: Bulldogs Fall Short in Goalie Battle

Preseason  Game 2  Away game 2  |  Friday October 3, 2014 | Mary’s Cup series tied 1-1

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 Game Recap:

Just 4:02 into the game, IceCaps forward J.C. Lipon took a stretch pass that sent him in on a breakaway and he fired a wrister past Bulldogs starter Mike Condon for a goal that turned out to be the game-winner.  The rest of the way was a goalie duel between Condon and St John’s netminder Connor Hellebuyck.

Shane Bakker, a waiver pickup by the Wheeling Nailers last season, did his best to make an impression tangling with IceCaps tough guy Austen Brassard.

The third and deciding game of the Mary’s Cup series is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 2:30 pm. ET at the Mile One Centre in St. John’s.

Plus / Minus

▲   Mike Condon

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Boxscore:

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

Summary:
Goal Scorers:
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STJ  J.C. Lipon
Goalies:
HAM Mike Condon (L)
STJ Connor Hellebuyck (W)
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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. Connor Hellebuyck  STJ  (shutout)
  2. J.C. Lipon  STJ  (one goal)
  3. Mike Condon  HAM  
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27 Players Invited to Bulldogs Training Camp

BULLDOGS ANNOUNCE TRAINING CAMP ROSTER AND SCHEDULE

Hamilton Bulldogs Media Release

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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

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