POSTED ON Saturday, 15.12.2012 / 11:45 PM

After sending Peter Delmas off to join the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers and releasing center Darryl Boyce from his 25-game professional tryout contract with the team, the Bulldogs hit the ice to take on the Icehogs in Rockford. The teams traded chances at both ends until Mike Blunden found the back of the net at the midway mark of the second period for his second goal of the night, giving Hamilton a two-goal lead. Despite lighting the lamp one more time, the Icehogs were unable to complete the comeback and Gabriel Dumont officially put the game out of reach with an empty net marker to close out the tilt. In addition to Blunden, Michaël Bournival and Brendan Gallagher also both enjoyed two-point outings.

Scoring Summary:
1st Period:

1. HAM – Joonas Nattinen – 5 – 4:00
2. RFD – Ben Smith – 11 – (Brandon Saad, Ryan Stanton) 11:58
3. HAM – Mike Blunden – 5 – (Brendan Gallagher) – 12:29
4. RFD – Martin St. Pierre – 11 – (Adam Clendening, Jeremy Morin) – 12:41
5. HAM – Brendan Gallagher – 7 – (Nathan Beaulieu, Michael Bournival) – 13:38 (PP)
6. RFD – Marcus Kruger – 6 – (Martin St. Pierre, Nick Leddy) – 18:01 (PP)

2nd Period:
7. HAM – Morgan Ellis – 2 – (Michael Bournival, Stefan Chaput) – 1:44
8. HAM – Mike Blunden – 6 – (Antoine Corbin) – 9:29
9. RFD – Martin St. Pierre – 12 – (Brandon Saad, Ryan Stanton) – 12:55

3rd period:
10. HAM – Gabriel Dumont – 4 – 19:47 (EN)

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POSTED ON Thursday, 13.12.2012 / 11:45 PM

The Bulldogs kicked off a four-game road trip with a visit to Chicago to take on the Wolves. After falling behind in the match the Hamilton squad attempted to mount a comeback, notching three quick goals in the third frame. Joonas Nattinen opened up the scoring for the ‘Dogs with his fourth goal of the season. Then, with a little less than seven minutes left to play Michaël Bournival and Nathan Beaulieu also both found the back of the net. The goals represented Beaulieu’s first as a professional, while for Bournival, his marker ended a scoring drought that had lasted since Oct. 23. Despite the surge of scoring, it still proved too little too late for the Bulldogs who went on to drop the game 4-3.

Scoring Summary:
1st Period:

1. CHI – Darren Archibald – 3 – (Chris Tanev, Brad Hunt) – 19:44

2nd Period:
2. CHI – Darren Archibald – 4 – (Andrew Gordon, Jordan Schroeder) – 9:24 (PP)

3rd period:
3. CHI – Darren Haydar – 2 – (Bill Sweatt, Chris Tanev) 1:25
4. HAM – Joonas Nattinen – 4 – (Nathan Beaulieu, Mike Commodore) – 6:14
5. CHI – Peter Andersson – 1 – (Mark Matheson, Darren Haydar) – 6:59
6. HAM – Michael Bournival – 2 – (Frederic St-Denis, Stefan Chaput) – 13:31 (PP)
7. HAM – Nathan Beaulieu – 1 – (Mike Blunden, Brendan Gallagher) – 19:00

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 12.12.2012 / 4:52 PM

Bulldogs forward Aaron Palushaj suffered shoulder injury in December 11 1-0 win vs. Lake Erie Monsters. He's expected to be out 4 to 6 weeks.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 11.12.2012 / 11:30 PM

Tuesday's game between the Bulldogs and the Lake Erie Monsters marked the team's annual "Toy Toss" in Hamilton. As per tradition, fans coming to the game bring along a stuffed animal for charity and throw it onto the ice following the first 'Dogs goal of the game. The crowd had to hold onto their toys until Steve Quailer potted the game-winning goal (unassisted) on the power play. Cedrick Desjardins registered his second shutout of the season, kicking aside 29 shots in the outing.

Scoring Summary:
1st Period:
No Scoring

2nd Period:
No Scoring

3rd period:
1. Ham – Steve Quailer – 4 – 16:17 (PP)

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POSTED ON Saturday, 08.12.2012 / 11:45 PM

The Bulldogs closed out their road trip with a visit to the Hershey Bears, as Cedrick Desjardins stepped between the pipes for his third consecutive start and his second in 24 hours. After the Bears pulled out in front in the first period, the Bulldogs stormed back with three goals in the second to put the game out of reach for their opponents. Nathan Beaulieu picked up a pair of assists in the match, giving him at least a point in each of his last three outings, while Desjardins stopped 21 of 23 shots sent his way.

Scoring Summary:
1st Period:
1. HER – Ryan Potulny – 2 – (Jeff Taffe, Tomas Kundratek) – 5:48 (PP)

2nd Period:
2. HAM – Mike Blunden – 4 – (Morgan Ellis, Nathan Beaulieu) – 1:57 (PP)
3. HER – Ryan Potulny – 3 – (Steve Oleksy, Jeff Taffe) – 3:32
4. HAM – Patrick Holland – 3 – (Brendon Nash, Brendan Gallagher) – 7:02
5. HAM – Joonas Nattinen – 3 – (Michael Bournival, Nathan Beaulieu) – 17:36

3rd period:
No Scoring

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POSTED ON Friday, 07.12.2012 / 11:45 PM

Continuing their four-game road trip, the Bulldogs made a stop in Syracuse to take on one of the top clubs in the East; Tampa Bay’s farm team, the Crunch. Aaron Palushaj was the only player to find the back of the net for the Bulldogs, while the Crunch bombarded Hamilton goaltender, Cedrick Desjardins, with 42 shots, of which he managed to turn aside 37.

Scoring Summary:
1st Period:
1. SYR – Ondrej Palat – 3 – (Mark Barberio, Tyler Johnson) – 0:26
2. SYR – Brett Connolly – 8 – (Alex Killorn, Tyler Johnson) – 7:08 (PP)
3. SYR – Matt Taormina – 3 – (Cory Conacher, J.T. Brown) – 13:42 (PP)
4. HAM – Aaron Palushaj – 7 – (Nathan Beaulieu, Louis Leblanc) – 19:42

2nd Period:
No Scoring

3rd period:
5. SYR – Alex Killorn – 4 – (Ondrej Palat, Mark Barberio) – 6:28
6. SYR – Pierre-Cedric Labrie – 4 – (Brett Connolly, Dmitry Korobov) – 11:08

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 04.12.2012 / 1:56 PM

Forward Alain Berger and defenseman Joe Stejskal have been reassigned to the ECHL to join the Wheeling Nailers. Berger played nine games during his stint with Bulldogs while Stejskal played four.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 02.12.2012 / 2:00 AM

The Bulldogs were back to work the next day following a disappointing 5-1 loss to the Heat, looking for a little redemption in their second-straight match-up with the B.C. squad. The ‘Dogs got just what they were looking for as goaltender Cédrick Desjardins stopped the Heat cold, logging his first shutout of the season in only his fourth start. Adding another assist to his stats in the process, Gabriel Dumont quietly climbed to second place in points among his teammates, pulling even with Aaron Palushaj, and now sitting only two points behind rookie, Brendan Gallagher.

Scoring Summary:
1st Period:
1. HAM – Patrick Holland – 2 – (Brendan Gallagher, Gabriel Dumont) – 4:23

2nd Period:
No Scoring

3rd period:
2. HAM – Steve Quailer – 3 – (Stefan Chaput, Frederic St-Denis) – 1:37 (PP)
3. HAM – Louis Leblanc – 3 – (Nathan Beaulieu, Darryl Boyce) – 4:37

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POSTED ON Saturday, 01.12.2012 / 2:00 AM

The Bulldogs closed out the month of November by going up against the AHL’s top team with a visit to the Abbotsford Heat. The game marked veteran NHLer, Mike Commodore’s debut with the ‘Dogs, while Louis Leblanc, out for the past few weeks with an ankle injury made his return to the lineup. Unfortunately, adding both players into the mix didn’t yield immediate results for the Bulldogs who dropped their tilt with the high-flying Heat, 5-1. Gabriel Dumont stood out as the only Hamilton player to light the lamp, potting a shorthanded goal in the game’s third frame.

Scoring Summary:
1st Period:
1. ABB – Ben Street – 5 – (Sven Baertschi, Paul Byron) – 6:50 (PP)
2. ABB – Ben Walter – 4 – (T.J. Brodie) – 7:22 (PP)

2nd Period:
3. ABB – Quintin Laing – 4 – (Brett Olson, Ben Street) – 4:03
4. ABB – Roman Horak – 11 – (TJ. Brodie, Ben Walter) – 8:12 (PP)

3rd period:
5. HAM – Gabriel Dumont – 3 – 3:42 (SH)
6. ABB – Steve McCarthy – 2 – (Dustin Sylvester) – 6:34 (PP)

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POSTED ON Sunday, 25.11.2012 / 11:00 PM

The Bulldogs hosted the Lake Erie Monsters in Hamilton. Completely recovered from a groin injury, Cedrick Desjardins stepped between the pipes for his second consecutive start, and his third of the season, after notching wins in his last two appearances. It proved to be a difficult night of work for the 27-year-old netminder as he let in four goals on only 14 shots before being replaced by Robert Mayer at the midway mark of the game. Despite the team peppering the opposing net with a barrage of 43 shots, Aaron Palushaj finished the match as the only player to light the lamp for the Bulldogs, beating Monsters’ goaltender Sami Aittokalio at the end of the second frame.

Scoring Summary:
1st Period:
1. LE – David van der Gulik – 3 – (Bill Thomas, Karl Stollery) – 5:22
2. LE – Bill Thomas – 4 – (Sean Sullivan) – 14:24

2nd Period:
3. LE – Patrick Bordeleau – 1 – (Mitchell Heard, Mark Olver) – 3:40
4. LE – Mark Olver – 2 – (Thomas Pock) – 10:28
5. HAM – Aaron Palushaj – 6 – (Gabriel Dumont) – 17:57

3rd period:
No Scoring

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