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HW Recap: The rookies help lead the way for Hamilton
HW Recap: The rookies help lead the way for Hamilton(2012-10-28 21:10 posted by B. La Rose)

It was an all-divisional set of games for the Hamilton Bulldogs this past week.  Unfortunately, despite some strong play, it wasn't much of a winning one as the 'Dogs were only able to come out with a single win and only three of a possible six points.  The week was better for Montreal's ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers who won both games, their first victories of the year.  This past week also marked the season debut of Danny Kristo, the subject of my Final Thought.

The Dog Pound

Although Hamilton only won one game, it was a big one.  Their victory over Abbotsford gave the Heat their first regulation loss of the year.  Prior to the game, the Calgary Flames' affiliate was the only team to not yet lose a game in regulation. 

News and Notes:

- There remain a pair of important injuries for the Bulldogs.  Goalie Cedrick Desjardins is likely out another 7-10 days with a groin injury while Louis Leblanc is out roughly 4-6 weeks with a high ankle sprain.

- With Alain Berger getting into the Abbotsford game, this leaves Alexander Avtsin as the lone player to be a healthy scratch in all six games so far this season. 

- Nathan Beaulieu, who is likely among the Hamilton leaders in ice time (TOI stats aren't officially kept) and anchors the powerplay, is the lone Bulldog to play in every game and not yet record a point.

- Lines from the most recent game:

Forwards:

Holland-Bournival-Gallagher
Blunden-Geoffrion-Nattinen
Quailer-Dumont-Palushaj
Berger-Boyce-Stortini

Defence:

Tinordi-Pateryn
Beaulieu-St. Denis
Nash-Ellis

Results:

October 23: Rochester 3, Hamilton 1
October 26: Toronto 5, Hamilton 4 (OT)
October 28: Hamilton 2, Abbotsford 1

StatPack:

The top line was changed around to an all-rookie trio and it was that line that provided much of the offensive pressure for the Bulldogs.

SKATERS

# Player GP G A +/- SH PIMS
2 Greg Pateryn 3 0 1 -2 4 0
3 Antoine Corbin 2 0 0 -3 3 2
4 Brendon Nash 1 0 1 E 2 2
5 Jarred Tinordi 3 0 0 -3 2 4
8 Nathan Beaulieu 3 0 0 +2 6 0
11 Alain Berger 1 0 0 -1 1 0
12 Zack Stortini 3 0 0 -1 1 4
13 Steve Quailer 3 0 2 -4 7 2
14 Michael Blunden 3 1 1 +1 5 2
15 Kyle Hagel 2 0 0 -1 1 0
17 Brendan Gallagher 3 1 1 +1 17 4
18 Michael Bournival 3 1 1 +1 12 4
23 Joonas Nattinen 3 0 1 +2 4 0
28 Aaron Palushaj 3 1 0 -2 9 0
32 Frederic St-Denis 3 1 0 +3 4 2
37 Patrick Holland 3 0 2 +1 8 0
40 Gabriel Dumont 3 1 0 E 6 0
44 Morgan Ellis 3 0 0 -2 3 0
47 Darryl Boyce 3 0 1 -1 4 2
57 Blake Geoffrion 3 1 2 E 9 2

GOALIES

# Player Record SV% GAA
29 Robert Mayer 1-0-0 .966 1.00
39 Peter Delmas 0-1-1 .857 3.93

Scoring Leaders:

Goals: Aaron Palushaj (3)
Assists: Boyce/Holland/Quailer (3)
Points: Geoffrion/Holland/Palushaj (4)
+/-: Beaulieu/Nash/Nattinen (+2)
PIMS: Michael Blunden (15)
Shots: Brendan Gallagher (25) (Leads all AHL rookie forwards)

Schedule:

November 2: Hamilton vs Rochester
November 3: Rochester vs Hamilton

The Farm's Farm

It's amazing what scoring goals can do.  In Wheeling's home opener, they scored as many goals (7) as they have in the rest of their other games combined.  As a result, the table below isn't all zeros this time around. 

Here is how the players contracted to Montreal or Hamilton fared:

# Player GP G A +/- SH PIMS
13 Stefan Chaput 2 2 1 -3 7 0
17 Daultan Leveille 2 1 0 -1 4 0
20 Joe Stejskal 2 0 1 E 1 2
21 Ian Schultz 2 0 1 +1 0 2
25 Phillipe Lefebvre 2 1 2 +3 5 0

- Chaput is the team leader in shots with 25 on the season.

Schedule:

November 1: Toledo vs Wheeling
November 2: Wheeling vs Evansville
November 3: Wheeling vs Cincinnati

Final Thought

This past week marked the season debut of Danny Kristo, whose senior season at North Dakota got off to about as lousy a start as possible.  After being suspended two separate times which took him out of the first two games of the year, he made his season debut on Friday.  He wasn't rusty, picking up three assists en route to being named first star of the game.  I was anxiously awaiting his first game to see how he'd bounce back after such a tumultuous start to the year, I wanted to see how he'd respond.  Suffice it to say, he responded about as well as he could.  With Kristo, there seems to be a hesitance among fans when it comes to predicting his future.  It's certainly understandable too given his decision to stay into his senior year and his questionable off-ice decisions.  This year represents his chance to fix that.  After such a rocky start, it was certainly very encouraging to see him step into the lineup and play well right off the top.  Let's just hope that for the rest of the year, we only have to pay attention to his on ice performances.

If you have any questions/comments, please feel free to drop me a line at [email protected]



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