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.