INSIDE HOCKEY » Hamilton Bulldogs Get Inside! Tue, 30 Sep 2014 06:23:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Photo Gallery: Crunch vs. Bulldogs (3/15/14) Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:44:37 +0000

Syracuse Crunch come up short and lose in the shoot-out 2-1. #35 Kristers Gudlevskis had 28 saves for the night. The only Crunch goal came in the third period from #28 Brett Connolly.

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Photo Gallery: Bulldogs @ Penguins 03/14/14 Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:48:31 +0000

  In Wilkes Barre on Friday 03/14/’14, WBS Penguins Anton Zlobin had 2 goals and 1 assist to help his team defeat the Hamilton Bulldogs by a score of 5 to 1. The “3 Stars of the Game” #3 WBS Peter Mannino, #2 WBS Andrew Ebbett, #1 WBS Anton Zlobin.  Photos taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.

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Lifeless Bulldogs Fall to Wolves Mon, 27 Jan 2014 01:46:30 +0000

Sylvain Lefebvre is going to need to start making better hockey decisions if his Hamilton Bulldogs team are going to challenge for a top spot in the North Division of the AHL. Starting Robert Mayer two games in a row after coming off a Saturday night road win can make some wonder what his thinking was on Sunday afternoon. The team played their third game in three nights and they played their second game within 24 hours on Sunday afternoon.

The Chicago Wolves pumped 44 shots at Robert Mayer on Sunday in a 4-1 win against a tired and beat Bulldogs hockey team. The big question is why would Lefebvre not start Dustin Tokarksi who has proved to be the better goalie this season?

The Bulldogs looked lifeless for most of the afternoon, they were doubled up on shots, scoreless on the power play and they put up a very poor effort. The Bulldogs have now lost four of five on home ice and their record drops to 20-18-0-4.

“I think we just ran out of gas, we had a really tough physical game last night, the guys gave everything they had” Lefebvre said after the game.

The Wolves scored two goals late in the first period which took the life out of the already lifeless Bulldogs. Then in the second, the Wolves added a third goal to give them a commanding 3-0 lead.

The Bulldogs did cut into the scoring with a Christian Thomas goal at 3:24 of the second period and were ready to take the momentum away from the Wolves, but a Maxime Macenauer goal was called back due to a high stick which was called off the by the officials.

Lefebvre wanted the goal to be reviewed by the officials would not have any part of it “That is what I was asking, but that is the referees call, I don’t think it mattered” Lefebvre said.

Also non existent is the Bulldogs power play, the team is now 0 for 22 in their last four games.

“We have had some issues, there has been a couple of games where we have had some issues with the power play, we generate chances but we can’t bury it, that for sure is an issue and for the next few games we need to work on it” Macenauer said about the lack of success on the power play.

The last time the Bulldogs scored on the power play was two weeks ago against the Iowa Wild, against the Wolves they were 0 for 4.

Scoring for the Wolves were Dmitrij Jaskin, Tyler Shattock, Joel Edmundson, and Mark Cundari. Christian Thomas scored the only goal for the Bulldogs.

With the loss on Sunday, the Bulldogs now fall out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

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Bulldogs Beat Marlies 4-2 Sat, 28 Dec 2013 14:04:06 +0000

The Hamilton Bulldogs came up with perhaps their biggest win of the season on Friday night, beating the Toronto Marlies for the second time in as many nights.

Sven Andrighetto broke at 2-2 tie early in the third period at 1:38 to put the Bulldogs ahead for the first time on the time.

“I had a great feed from Holland across and I saw it and I had some room… I just sped up and we created a two on one, and it was just a great pass by Holland,” Andrighetto said of his game-winning goal.

The Marlies led twice on the night but the Bulldogs found a way to fight back and tie the game each time.

“It shows character from the team that we never give up and we battle back and of course it is always better when you play with the lead instead of chasing a goal or two,” Andrighetto said.

Mike Blunden scored the first two goals of the game for the Bulldogs and coach Sylvain Lefebvre said that Blunden has been in the position of a go to guy before and that is why he goes to him.

“Mike Blunden has been a horse for us all year long so far to see him get two goals tonight is great because he has been working really hard and obviously the goals don’t come as easy, he’s the forward I have used the most since the beginning of the year so to see him score goals is great,” Lefebvre said.

The Bulldogs put 49 shots on Marlies goalie Drew MacIntyre on Friday night. When the team was not scoring goals, getting the puck on the net has been the focus for the Bulldogs of late and it has paid off the last two nights.

“When you struggle to score goals, if we are not putting the puck on the net, we are not going to score goals, so it was a focus,” Lefebvre said.

The Bulldogs out shot the Marlies 89-41 in the last two games

Also scoring for the Bulldogs was Bulldog captain Martin St. Pierre, who ended any chance of a Marlie comeback with a late goal in the third.

The Bulldogs record now improves to 14-14-0-4 and sit in second place in the North Division.

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Bulldogs Lose to Heat In Shootout Mon, 23 Dec 2013 20:58:40 +0000

The Hamilton Bulldogs dropped a tough one on Sunday night losing in a shootout 3-2 to the Abbotsford Heat. Despite picking up a point, the Bulldogs are now winless in their last 5 games and have now sank to fourth place in the very competitive North Division.

“We were in a rough break there and we needed a good finish for the first half of the season here before Christmas but it was a tough loss,” Joonas Nattinen said after the game.

The Bulldogs did play well all night, they created good scoring opportunities and held the lead twice before the game turned into tense nail biter in the third period and as well as overtime.

“We can build on the point we picked up, the guys really wanted to prove themselves and leave a good taste for the first part of the season but we are definitely going to build on that and it was a big point after a tough stretch,” Nattinen commented about the point the Bulldogs picked up.

Bulldog goalie Dustin Tokarski was impressive in the third period and in overtime making some very difficult stops to keep Bulldogs in the game. He faced 42 shots and stopped 40 of them.

“Tokarski played a great game and we really owe that point to him, its tough to win games and if we don’t score goals then we won’t win games, but Tokarski kept us in the game,” Nattinen said.

Scoring is something that the Bulldogs have been having trouble with during the current losing streak. In their past five games, they have scored just five goals and have been shut out twice.

“The guys are getting a little frustrated right now,” Lefebvre said about the lack of scoring.

Coach Lefebvre is also not sure what is the cause for the lack of scoring.

“Sometimes it is mental,” he added.

The Bulldogs now have a quick break for Christmas before the start a home and home series with their rival Toronto Marlies on boxing day and head coach Sylvain Lefebvre hopes that the break will help the team.

“It will probably be a good break and the guys can unwind and get focused,” Lefebvre said.

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Bulldogs Blanked by the Ice Caps Sun, 15 Dec 2013 15:40:20 +0000

For the first twenty minutes on Saturday night the Hamilton Bulldogs played some good hockey, too bad the last forty minutes were some of the worst hockey the Bulldogs have played all season. The Bulldogs dropped their second in a row with a 3-0 loss to the St. John’s Ice Caps on Saturday night, as the Dogs were badly outplayed in the second and third periods and they looked like a team that was ready to pack it in the for the night after a dominating second period by the Ice Caps.

“They got momentum and we just couldn’t get it back” Head coach Sylvain Lefebvre said after the game.

In the first period the Bulldogs had a number of good scoring chances and they played some fast end to end hockey and out shot the Ice Caps 16-9, the Dogs clearly outplayed the Ice Caps in the first, but in the second, the Dogs came out flat and were just shut down by the Ice Caps defence who clogged up the neutral zone and limited the Bulldogs opportunities.

“In the first period we did get some scoring chances and what they got we just gave them in the first period and they had some good scoring chances but I thought we played pretty well in the first but the penalties killed us in the second period” Lefebvre added.

Being out shot 30-14 in the final forty minutes is not going to give the Bulldogs any chance at being in a hockey game and that was exactly the case on Saturday night. The Bulldogs gave the Ice Caps six power plays to work with and granted the Bulldogs did kill each power play off but playing down a man is also not going to give your team any chance at a win.

“The penalties killed us, the penalties just killed us” Lefebvre said about the six Ice Caps power plays.

Scoring the goals for the Ice Caps were Kael Mouillierat, Carl Klingberg and Eric O’Dell. Ice Caps goalie Jussi Olkinuora stopped 30 shots for the shut out.

With the loss the Bulldogs drop to 12-12-0-3 and sit one point out of first place in the North Division. The next Bulldog game is on December on the road against the Chicago Wolves. Coach Lefebvre thinks it will be good for Dogs to get out on the road

“We’re going to battle back, probably the best thing for us that is happening right now is that we get out on the road” Lefebvre said.

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Hamilton Leads North Division With Two Big Wins Mon, 09 Dec 2013 13:00:16 +0000

The Hamilton Bulldogs have finally put it together this season. For a team that struggled last year and a team that looked like they would have a repeat of last season at the bottom of the North Division the Bulldogs have finally come together in December with a number of big wins.

After a tough loss on Friday night, the Bulldogs responded with a big win on Saturday against the Marlies in Toronto and then again on Sunday 6-2 against the Lake Erie Monsters who beat them on Friday night.

“It was a big gutsy win yesterday in Toronto and obviously finding the energy in their legs to play again today, we played at 5pm last night and 3pm today and with the travel Friday, these guys are working hard and they know they are digging deep as a team and they are finding ways to win,” Coach Sylvain Lefebvre said of his team’s performance.

The Bulldogs have now won 7 of their last 10 games and sit in first place a top the North Division. The team is now scoring more than did in past, and after 25 games this season, the team has scored more goals than they have allowed. The team has also made tremendous strides to not lead the division in penalty minutes, and now as of Sunday the Bulldogs sit a top the North Division with 27 points with a record which stands at 12-10-0-3.

Over the weekend the team also found a way to get Robert Mayer back on track who really struggled early in November and has now picked up back to back wins in their last two games.

“It’s great, he is getting the wins now, and he had some good games earlier in the season and he just couldn’t get the wins, and now guys know that he needs to not just play well but he needs to get his confidence back and I think he is getting there I think getting those wins is a big boost for him and the guys on the bench were even saying let’s play well in front on Bobby,” Lefebvre said of the play of Mayer in the two wins.

Mayer stopped 22 shots on Saturday night and on Sunday stopped 28 shots to pick up back to back wins for his team.

“It feels really good to pick up back to back wins, I knew that I got pulled twice and against Toronto I let in a terrible goal to let them win the game, I was rattled and it was tough but I practiced good the whole week and I tried to get back my confidence and it really helped the last few games,” Mayer commented after the game.

Mayer knows that he will have to play well for his team to keep winning the way they are. When Mayer is at the top of his game along with Dustin Tokarski, the Bulldogs have one of the best goalie tandems in the league.

“Huge, I knew if we win both games we would be at the top of the division so that was our goal for the weekend and I think we accomplished that,” Mayer said.

Scoring the goals for Bulldogs were Nice Tarnasky, Patrick Holland, Stefan Fournier, Louis Leblanc, and Gabriel Dumont, who scored two goals on Sunday night.

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Bulldogs Beat Monsters in Hamilton Sun, 01 Dec 2013 22:29:40 +0000

The Hamilton Bulldogs got back to their winning ways on Saturday night with a big 4-1 win against their division rival the Lake Erie Monsters. Patrick Holland scored two goals in the third period to put the Monsters away in a third period that was dominated by the Bulldogs.

With the score close in the third, Holland was set up by Christian Thomas and Martin St. Pierre in a highlight reel play that brought fans to their feet to make the score 3-1.

“Those are the opportunities that you just wish for all game,” Patrick Holland said of his first goal of the game in the third period.

The first Holland goal came off a three on one break for the Bulldogs.

“The way that it was progressing, I figured that, that was the way the play went and that is exactly the way the play went and I prepared for the one-timer shot there” Holland added.

Holland would add his second of the game a little under three minutes later once again he was set up by Thomas and St. Pierre.

The Bulldogs played perhaps their best game on the year from a defensive standpoint, the Monsters were limited to just eight shots in the third period as the Bulldogs shut down almost any chance the Monsters might of had at mounting any sort of third period comeback.

“I thought we played well from start to finish, obviously we did not have that many shots on net in the first period and we had to kill a few penalties, our minds were on the game tonight, our mindset was focused,” Bulldogs head coach Sylvain Lefebvre commented on his teams third period of play.

The Monsters had just two shots on goal in the first fifteen minutes of the third period and Coach Lefebvre was impressed.

“One of my points before the game was to play as a unit of five on the ice and not be too spread out and to support each other. I thought last night Toronto did that a lot better than we did and they deserved the win last night. We took a page out of their book and we did that tonight. I thought we played stronger defensively and we were more opportunistic in our scoring chances and to have Pat Holland come back and score two goals was huge for us,” Lefebvre added.

Huge it was as the Bulldogs snapped a two game losing streak and moved up two points ahead of Lake Erie in the North Division standing.

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Photo Gallery: Crunch vs Bulldogs 11-23-13 Sun, 24 Nov 2013 19:14:00 +0000

Hamilton Builldogs goalie, Dustin Tokarski, made 43 saves as the Hamilton Bulldogs beat the Syracuse Crunch 3 – 0 on Saturday night, November 23rd, at the Onondaga War Memorial. The Bulldogs swept the weekend series with a 4 – 1 win on Friday night at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

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