POSTED ON Friday, 02.11.2012 / 11:00 PM

The Bulldogs took on the Americans in the first match of a home-and-away series between the clubs. After falling behind 2-0 heading into the game’s third frame, the Bulldogs managed to force overtime and eventually a shootout thanks to goals from Brendan Gallagher and Darryl Boyce. Unfortunately, the Hamilton squad would walk away with just a single point for their efforts after all three Americans’ shooters beat goaltender Robert Mayer, while the Bulldogs scored only once.

Scoring Summary:
1st Period:
1. RCH – Zemgus Girgensons – 1 – (Alex Biega, Brian Flynn) – 6:31

2nd Period:
No Scoring

3rd period:
2. RCH – Kevin Porter – 4 – (Mark Mancari, Mark Pysyk) – 2:02 (PP)
3. HAM – Brendan Gallagher – 2 – (Brendon Nash, Michael Bournival) – 2:43
4. HAM – Darryl Boyce – 1 – (Mike Blunden, Frederic St-Denis) – 15:39

Overtime:
No Scoring

Shoot-out:

Hamilton Rochester
Patrick Holland  Save Phil Varone GOAL
Blake Geoffrion Save Brian Flyn GOAL
Michael Bournival Save T.J. Brennan Save
Darryl Boyce GOAL Marcus Foligno GOAL

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POSTED ON Sunday, 28.10.2012 / 10:00 PM
With the Abbotsford Heat paying a visit to Copps Coliseum, the Bulldogs’ veteran core came to work ready to make life tough for the visiting goaltender. After feeling each other out in the game’s opening frame, the night’s action ramped up in the second. The Heat kicked off the scoring to take the lead, but the Bulldogs’ answered right back with two goals of their own, courtesy of Blake Geoffrion and Aaron Palushaj that proved enough to earn their team the victory.

Scoring Summary:
1st Period:
No Scoring

2nd Period:
1. ABB – Roman Horak – 7 – (Max Reinhart, Akim Aliu) – 3:36
2. HAM – Blake Geoffrion – 2 – (Greg Pateryn, Mike Blunden) – 6:25
3. HAM – Aaron Palushaj – 3 – (Blake Geoffrion, Brendon Nash) – 10:38 (PP)

3rd period:
No Scoring
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POSTED ON Friday, 26.10.2012 / 10:00 PM

After dropping back to back games, the Bulldogs were looking to get back to their winning ways as they faced off against the Toronto Marlies at Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum. The two teams headed into the game’s final frame on even footing following a Marlies’ marker that evened the score at 3-3 with less than two minutes to go in the second frame. The clubs proceeded to trade goals in the third period with Hamilton’s Gabriel Dumont sending the game into overtime thanks to a clutch goal with under seven minutes left in the game. Overtime, however, would prove less successful for the ‘Dogs, as the Marlies’ Simon Gybsers beat Peter Delmas with a booming slap shot to end the game. 

Scoring Summary:
1st Period:
1. TOR – Carter Ashton – 1 – (Leo Komarov) – 6:19
2. HAM – Mike Blunden – 1 – (Joonas Nattinen, Blake Geoffrion) – 6:38

2nd Period:
3. TOR – Jake Gardiner – 3 – (Keith Aucoin, Dylan Yeo) – 8:51
4. HAM – Brendan Gallagher – 1 – (Steve Quailer, Michael Bournival) – 11:59 (PP)
5. HAM – Frederic St-Denis – 1 – (Brendan Gallagher, Patrick Holland) – 17:37
6. TOR – Greg McKegg – 2 – (Keith Aucoin) – 18:18 (PP)

3rd period:
7. TOR – Mike Zigomanis – 1 – (Nazem Kadri) – 5:34 (PP)
8. HAM – Gabriel Dumont – 2 – (Darryl Boyce, Steve Quailer) – 13:42

Overtime:
9. TOR – Simon Gysbers – 1 – (Dylan Yeo, Keith Aucoin) – 4:05

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 23.10.2012 / 11:00 PM

The Bulldogs made their way to Buffalo’s First Niagara Center to hit the ice for the third game of their regular season schedule. After the Americans got off to a good start opening the scoring midway through the first period, Sylvain Lefebvre’s squad answered back as Michaël Bournival found the back of the net to nab the first goal of his professional career. The goal was assisted by Patrick Holland who picked up his third point as a Bulldog. Despite Bournival’s goal, Hamilton ultimately dropped the game by a score of 3-1. The match also marked the first game of the season for Morgan Ellis and Joonas Nattinen, who suited up to replace Brendan Nash and Louis Leblanc, respectively. Leblanc is currently sidelined after suffering an injury to his right ankle, sustained in the Bulldogs’ Oct. 20 tilt against the Toronto Marlies.

Scoring Summary:
1st Period:
1. RCH – Joe Finley – 1 – (Rick Schofield) – 11:45

2nd Period:
2. HAM – Michael Bournival – 1 – (Patrick Holland) – 12:09
3. RCH – Cody Hodgson – 1 – (Evan Rankin, Marcus Foligno) – 12:53

3rd period:
4. RCH – T.J. Brennan – 4 – (Brayden McNabb, Cody Hodgson) – 16:09 (PP)

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POSTED ON Saturday, 20.10.2012 / 11:00 PM

After getting their season off to a good start against their Ontario rivals, the Bulldogs made the short trip to the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto to play their second game against the Marlies in as many nights. Unfortunately, Sylvain Lefebvre’s troops weren’t able to enjoy as successful an outing as they had the night before. The Marlies opened up the night’s scoring only 51 seconds into the game and went on to pot four more unanswered goals, winning the match 5-0.

Scoring Summary:
1st Period:
1. TOR – Greg McKegg – 1 – (Nazem Kadri, Greg Scott) – 0:51
2. TOR – Kenny Ryan – 1 – (Keith Aucoin, Leo Komarov) – 6:51
3. TOR – Kenny Ryan – 2 – (Keith Aucoin, Korbinian Holzer) – 10:24

2nd Period:
4. TOR – Nicolas Deschamps – 1 – (Jake Gardiner, Mike Kostka) – 4:24
5. TOR – Mike Kostka – 1 – (Keith Aucoin, Mike Zigomanis) – 6:07 (PP)

3rd period:
No Scoring

Game highlights

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POSTED ON Friday, 19.10.2012 / 11:03 PM

The Hamilton Bulldogs kicked off their season at home in front of a packed house at Copps Coliseum. For many members of the team, it was their first time hitting the ice in front of the 8,819 fans waiting to cheer them on. Those in attendance were treated to some great hockey by the 2012-13 edition of the Bulldogs who lit the lamp four times over the course of the match. Veterans, Louis Leblanc (2) and Aaron Palushaj both found the back of the net, with newcomer Patrick Holland also following suit. Holland additionally assisted on Palushaj’s goal, giving him the first two points of his professional playing career. Jarred Tinordi also made his way onto the scoresheet, assisting on Leblanc’s first goal of the game. In nets, goaltender Robert Mayer stood tall for the Hamilton squad, turning away 39 of Marlies’ 40 shots on the night.

Scoring Summary:
1st Period:
1. HAM – Louis Leblanc – 1 – (Darryl Boyce, Jarred Tinordi) – 19:13

2nd Period:
2. HAM – Patrick Holland – 1 – (Gabriel Dumont, Aaron Palushaj) – 17:44

3rd period:
3. HAM – Aaron Palushaj – 2 – (Patrick Holland) – 4:33 (PP)
4. TOR – Jake Gardiner – 2 – (Greg Scott, Jerry D’Amigo) – 10:12
5. HAM – Louis Leblanc – 2 – (Mike Blunden, Darryl Boyce) – 17:49 (EN)

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POSTED ON Saturday, 13.10.2012 / 11:00 PM

With hockey finally kicking off in the AHL, the Bulldogs got their first taste of regular season action in Grand Rapids against the Griffins. Several Bulldogs newcomers posted their first point of the campaign in a tightly contested game that was ultimately decided in a shootout. Both Brendan Gallagher and Michaël Bournival made their way onto the scoresheet, with the latter signing the victory for the Bulldogs after beating netminder Tom McCollum with the game-winning shootout goal. The ‘Dogs play their first home game on October 19.

Scoring Summary:
1st Period:
1. HAM – Blake Geoffrion – 1 – (Steve Quailer, Brendan Gallagher) – 17:09
2. HAM – Aaron Palushaj – 1 – (Michael Bournival, Brendon Nash) – 19:53

2nd Period:
3. GR – Trevor Parkes – 1 – (Landon Ferraro) – 0:46 (SH)
4. GR – Francis Pare – 1 – (Brendan Smith, Jeff Hoggan) – 5:24

3rd period:
5. HAM – Gabriel Dumont – 1 – (Zack Stortini, Kyle Hagel) – 4:53
6. GR – Jeff Hoggan – 1 – (Nathan Paetsch, Brian Lashoff) – 9:39 (PP)

Overtime:
No Scoring

Shootout:
Grand Rapids Hamilton
Gustav Nyquist No Goal                         Blake Geoffrion No Goal
Brendan Smith No Goal                         Patrick Holland No Goal
Tomas Tatar No Goal                              Michael Bournival Goal
Francis Pare No Goal                             Brendan Gallagher No Goal
Joakim Andersson No Goal

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POSTED ON Friday, 12.10.2012 / 11:00 PM

With the Bulldogs’ training camp at an end, the Hamilton organization announced its final roster of players for the 2012-13 season. The team will be composed of 15 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders.

Goalies defensemen forwards
#29 Robert Mayer #2 Greg Pateryn #11 Alain Berger #23 Joonas Nattinen
#30 Cedrick Desjardins #3 Antoine Corbin #12 Zack Stortini #28 Aaron Palushaj
#39 Peter Delmas #4 Brendon Nash #13 Steve Quailer #37 Patrick Holland
#5 Jarred Tinordi #14 Michael Blunden #40 Gabriel Dumont
#8 Nathan Beaulieu #15 Kyle Hagel #47 Darryl Boyce
#32 Frederic St-Denis #17 Brendan Gallagher #57 Blake Geoffrion
#44 Morgan Ellis #18 Michael Bournival #67 Alexander Avtsin
#20 Louis Leblanc
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 10.10.2012 / 11:04 AM

Almost complete

The Bulldogs released a group of four players from training camp Wednesday morning that includes defensemen Étienne Boutet, Antoine Corbin and Kevin Gagné, as well as forward Setphen MacAulay. All four players will return to play for their respective CHL teams.

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POSTED ON Monday, 08.10.2012 / 10:00 PM

Second and final preseason game

The Bulldogs and the Marlies squared off for a second preseason tilt, this time in the town of Brantford at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Center.

Despite peppering the Toronto net with 29 shots – 17 of them coming in the first period – the Bulldogs were unable to sneak one past the Marlies’ goaltending duo of Ben Scrivens and Jussi Rynnas. For their part, the Marlies opened up the scoring with a second period breakaway goal from Ryan Hamilton, before extending their lead to two early in the final frame.

The Bulldogs’ management ended their club’s preseason schedule by announcing a handful of the latest roster cuts. Philippe Lefebvre was assigned to the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers, while Bobby Farnham was released by the team. A total of 28 players remain part of the Bulldogs training camp. The final version of Sylvain Lefebvre’s regular season squad is poised to make its debut on Saturday, Oct. 13, in Grand Rapids against the Griffins.

Final Score: Bulldogs 0, Marlies 2

Game summary:
First period
No goals

Second period
TOR – Ryan Hamilton – 1 – (Mark Fraser) – 11:22

Third period
TOR – Sam Carrick – 1 – (Greg McKegg, Kenny Ryan) – 2:46

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