To put it gently, it was a week to forget for the Hamilton Bulldogs, as they went a pitiful 0-4, being outscored 16-3 in the process. Rather than going through each game’s struggles, let’s skip the depressing part and move on to the news of the week.
There are a couple of positives here, as Montreal’s affiliate in Long Beach continues to play well, as their record stands at 8-4, good for 4th in the division. Cory Urquhart has 4 points (2-2-4) in 9 games, with 2 PIMS, while Christian Larrivee has 3 points (1-2-3) in 11, with a -2 rating. He was also scratched for a game this week. Olivier Michaud now has a 1-3 record, with a 3.11 GAA and .911 save percentage. Meanwhile, in Peoria, D James Sanford has an assist in 8 contests, with 4 PIMS and a -2 rating.
Up near the top:
There are a few Hamilton Bulldogs near the top of the league in certain categories. C Corey Locke is 13th in rookie scoring, while Raitis Ivanans is 11th in PIMS, while Steve Ott is 25th in that category.
Last season, Hamilton was in the bottom 5 in league attendance. This year, they are out of the bottom 5, but still sit 19th best, averaging 4,156 per game through 9 contests.
It appears that G Yann Danis is becoming fatigued after being handed the #1 role, as he allowed 11 goals on just 79 shots this week, going 0-3 in the process. Backup G Dan Ellis is still without a win, but is improving, making 28 saves on 31 shots Saturday vs Rochester, and stopping 6 of 8 in mop-up duty on Sunday vs Wilkes-Barre.
News and Notes:
D Trevor Daley’s goal on Saturday was his 1st as a Bulldog … D Ron Hainsey did not play Friday, believed to be due to a minor injury … W Andrei Kostitsyn, despite 4th line ice time, was a -4 vs Wilkes-Barre Scranton.
D Mike Komisarek (hip), out 2-3 weeks
D Jean-Phillipe Cote (shoulder), out indefinitely
C Antti Miettinen (shoulder), out 12-14 weeks
C Benoit Dusablon (undisclosed), out indefinitely
The Weekly Bulldogs Stat Pack:
November 17: Edmonton 3, Hamilton 0
November 19: Syracuse 4, Hamilton 1
November 20: Rochester 3, Hamilton 1
November 21: Wilkes-Barre Scranton 6, Hamilton 1
Week Record: 0-4-0-0
Season Record: 6-9-3-1 (6th in West, OUT of playoff spot)
Weekly Scoring Leaders
Season Scoring Leaders
1) Plekanec (Jancevski)
2) Daley (Ott)
3) Ward (Plekanec, Thinel) PP
Powerplay: 1/21 (4.8%)
Penalty Kill: 11/13 (84.6%)
Powerplay: 13/108 (12.0%)
Penalty Kill: 73/90 (81.1%)
November 24: Hamilton vs Rochester
November 26*: St. John’s vs Hamilton TV-SNET
November 27: St. John’s vs Hamilton TV-SNET
* Note: For November 26th’s game vs St. John’s, the Bulldogs will wear a new 3rd jersey, creating specifically for this night (a tribute to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats). The uniforms will be black and gold.