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.