POSTED ON Thursday, 22.11.2012 / 11:16 AM

The Hamilton Bulldogs have offered a tryout to veteran defenseman, Mike Commodore.

Commodore, fresh off celebrating his 33rd birthday on Nov. 7, has played a total of 484 NHL games in his career, logging 23 goals and 83 assists over his 11 seasons in the league. During the 2011-12 campaign, he took to the ice for both the Detroit Red Wings and the Tampa Bay Lightning; the sixth and seventh teams he’d played for during his time in the NHL.

Hailing from Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Commodore won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2005-06 and also took part in the Cup finals with the Flames in 2003-04.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 21.11.2012 / 11:00 PM

The Bulldogs win the second of back-to-back games vs. the IceCaps, by a 2-1 score.


Scoring Summary:
1st Period:

1. STJ – Carl Klingberg – 3 – (Ben Maxwell, Paul Postma) – 19:50

2nd Period:
2. HAM – Mike Blunden – 3 – (Brendan Gallagher) – 12:39
3. HAM – Steve Quailer – 2 – (Morgan Ellis, Nathan Beaulieu) – 19:36

3rd period:
No Scoring

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 20.11.2012 / 11:00 PM

The Bulldogs made their way to the Maritimes to face off against the Icecaps in Newfoundland. Despite peppering the opposing netminder with a barrage of 46 shots, the Bulldogs were only able to sneak a single power play goal past the Icecaps’ Eddie Pasquale. Brendan Gallagher was responsible for Hamilton’s only marker of the game, as he netted his sixth goal of the season. The Icecaps found the back of the net three times before the final siren sounded, handing the Bulldogs their ninth loss of the season.

Scoring Summary:
1st Period:
1. STJ – Raymond Sawada – 2 – (Alex Burmistrov, Derek Meech ) – 1:17 (PP)

2nd Period:
2. STJ – Derek Meech – 2 – (Alex Burmistrov, Eric O’Dell) – 7:15 (PP)

3rd period:
3. HAM – Brendan Gallagher – 6 – 2:26 (PP)
4. STJ – Jason Gregoire – 3 – (Jason Jaffray, Dean Arsene) – 12:28

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POSTED ON Saturday, 17.11.2012 / 10:00 PM

The second game between the AHL clubs saw the Marlies determined to avenge their 6-3 loss to Hamilton as they hosted the Bulldogs in Toronto. The Marlies succeeded in turning the tables at home, finding the back of the net four times in the game’s opening frame to pave the way for a 6-1 final score. Only the Bulldogs’ Aaron Palushaj managed to get his team on the board, beating Toronto goalie, Ben Scrivens, for a shorthanded marker. Taking a cue from their parent clubs, 131 minutes of penalties were assessed in the match-up between the Ontario rivals.

Scoring Summary:
1st Period:
1. TOR – Leo Komarov – 6 – (Jake Gardiner, Nazem Kadri) – 4:15 (PP)
2. TOR – Mark Fraser – 1 – (Ryan Hamilton, Greg Scott) – 12:50
3. TOR – Nicolas Deschamps – 3 – 13:03
4. TOR – Keith Aucoin – 2 – (Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner) – 19:32 (PP)

2nd Period:
5. TOR – Keith Aucoin– 3 – (Nazem Kadri, Leo Komarov) – 14:51

3rd period:
6. HAM – Aaron Palushaj – 5 – 2:08 (SH)
7. TOR – Mike Kostka – 3 – (Nazem Kadri, Keith Aucoin) – 4:03 (PP)

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POSTED ON Friday, 16.11.2012 / 10:10 PM

The Bulldogs put on an inspired performance for the 8,034 fans at Copps Coliseum who came out to cheer them on for their first of two back-to-back games against the Toronto Marlies. Alexander Avstin made the most of his Bulldogs debut, lighting the lamp and also assisting on a Joonas Nattinen goal. Eight Bulldogs in total picked up at least two points apiece over the course of the match. In nets, Cedrick Desjardins stepped between the pipes for his first start of the season after fully recovering from an injury sustained during training camp.

Scoring Summary:
1st Period:
1. TOR – Matt Frattin – 1 – (Spencer Abbott, Mike Kostka) – 8:53 (PP)
2. HAM – Morgan Ellis – 1 – (Frederic St-Denis, Aaron Palushaj) – 12:08
3. HAM – Alexander Avtsin – 1 – (Darryl Boyce, Joe Stejskal) – 16:21
4. HAM – Brendan Gallagher – 4 – (Michael Bournival, Frederic St-Denis) – 19:27 (PP)

2nd Period:
5. TOR – Matt Frattin– 2 – (Nazem Kadri, Mark Fraser) – 12:23

3rd period:
6. TOR – Jerry D’Amigo – 2 – (Simon Gysbers, Nazem Kadri) – 6:28
7. HAM – Joonas Nattinen – 2 – (Alexander Avtsin, Darryl Boyce) – 10:05
8. HAM – Aaron Palushaj – 4 – (Morgan Ellis, Michael Bournival) – 10:39
9. HAM – Brendan Gallagher – 5 – (Gabriel Dumont, Joe Stejskal) – 18:20 (EN)

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 14.11.2012 / 2:00 PM

The Bulldogs took on the Americans in a very rare morning game at the Copps Coliseum. The crowd attending the match was made up of 10,649 students who came out to fill the stands and support the Hamilton squad. Despite their best efforts, the Bulldogs ran into trouble dealing with the Americans, as the visiting team scored four goals over the course of the game’s first two periods. The Bulldogs, however, managed to make it onto the scoreboard before time ran out in the match, with Joonas Nattinen beating David Leggio with less than three minutes remaining in the tilt. The Americans won the game by a score of 4-1.

Scoring Summary:
1st Period:
1. RCH – Nick Tarnasky – 4 – (Rick Schofield, Brayden McNabb) – 2:27

2nd Period:
2. RCH – Brian Flynn– 5 – (Kevin Porter, Alex Biega) – 4:12
3. RCH – Jerome Gauthier-Leduc – 1 – (Kevin Porter, Brian Flynn) – 12:35
4. RCH – T.J. Brennan – 7 – (Marcus Foligno, Evan Rankin) – 15:14

3rd period:
5. HAM – Joonas Nattinen – 1 – (Antoine Corbin, Gabriel Dumont) – 17:35

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POSTED ON Friday, 09.11.2012 / 11:00 PM
For all the details about the November 9 Hamilton-Syracuse match-up at the Bell Centre, click here. 
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 07.11.2012 / 11:15 PM

A look at the first of two back-to-back match-ups between Hamilton and Syracuse and it’s clear the Bulldogs will need to make a few adjustments if they hope to bounce back against the Crunch Friday night at the Bell Centre. Following a scoreless opening frame, the Crunch turned up the heat in the second, beating goaltender Robert Mayer on two occasions. The Crunch’s Richard Panik ultimately put the nail in the Bulldogs’ coffin, slipping the puck into an empty net at the end of the third period to give his team the 3-0 victory. Despite the loss, Hamilton goaltender, Mayer, was awarded the game’s second star after turning aside 30 of the Crunch’s 32 shots on the night.
 
Scoring Summary:
1st Period:
No Scoring

2nd Period:
1. SYR – Dmitry Korobov – 2 – (Matt Taormina) – 6:01
2. SYR – J.T. Wyman – 2 – (Alex Killorn, Radko Gudas) – 15:40

3rd period:
3. SYR – Richard Panik – 3 – (Ondrej Palat) – 18:14 (EN)

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POSTED ON Sunday, 04.11.2012 / 11:00 PM

In wake of Greg Pateryn’s injury, sustained in the Nov. 3 game against the Americans, the Bulldogs called up defenseman Joe Stejskal from their ECHL affiliate, Wheeling Nailers.

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POSTED ON Saturday, 03.11.2012 / 11:00 PM

The Bulldogs might have been denied their comeback bid against the Americans the night before, but they made sure not to let their hometown fans leave disappointed in the rematch. Heading into the game’s final frame, down 2-0 for the second time in as many nights, Sylvain Lefebvre’s team made it clear they weren’t content to just tie things up this time around. The Bulldogs’ offense exploded with just over 10 minutes to go in the game, lighting up the Americans with four goals before the final siren sounded. Leading the way were the ‘Dogs’ Blake Geoffrion with two goals, and Brendan Gallagher with a goal and an assist. The Americans would manage the last marker of the match, but it would prove too little too late as the Hamilton squad took the game 4-3. The Bulldogs’ bad news of the night came in the form of an injury, as Greg Pateryn went down with a fractured elbow. It was later decided that the injury would require surgery, ultimately sidelining Pateryn for an indefinite period of time.

Scoring Summary:
1st Period:
No Scoring

2nd Period:
1. RCH – Brian Flynn – 2 – (Marcus Foligno, Evan Rankin) – 2:38
2. RCH – Brian Flynn – 3 – (Zemgus Girgensons, Mark Pysyk) – 12:28

3rd period:
3. HAM – Blake Geoffrion – 3 – (Frederic St-Denis, Jarred Tinordi) – 9:42
4. HAM – Brendan Gallagher – 3 – (Patrick Holland) – 12:04
5. HAM – Mike Blunden – 2 – (Nathan Beaulieu, Brendan Gallagher) – 13:54 (PP)
6. HAM – Blake Geoffrion – 4 – (Aaron Palushaj, Brendon Nash) – 15:01
7. RCH – Nick Tarnasky –2 – (Rick Schofield) – 16:22

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