For the sixteenth time their last seventeen games the Hamilton Bulldogs left their game in the dressing room. The Syracuse Crunch scored at the 27 second mark, added two power play goals late in the first period and coasted to a 5-1 win Friday night. It was Hamilton’s eighth loss in their last eleven games. (Box Score and Hamilton Team Scoring Below)
The Crunch, made up mostly of members of last year’s Calder Cup champion Norfolk Admirals, have outscored the youthful Bulldogs 12-2 in three games this season.
Ondrej Palat, Brett Connolly, Matt Taormina, Alex Killorn and Pierre-Cedric Labrie scored for Syracuse. Aaron Palushaj for Hamilton.
Syracuse outshot the Bulldogs 42-20.
The best of an overwhelmed Bulldogs were the veterans. Aaron Palushaj led the Bulldogs with five shots and their only goal. Cedrick Desjardins was under pressure all night in the nets. Mike Blunden had another pretty good night at both ends of the ice. The Bulldogs fourth line of Joonas Nattinen, Zack Stortini and Kyle Kagel also was effective.
…..Scratches – Healthy – D-Antoine Corbin; C-Michael Bournival; LW-Alexander Avtsin. Injuries – D-Greg Pateryn (elbow fracture); C-Blake Geoffrion (fractured skull)
…..The Bulldogs were scored upon at the 27 second mark of the first period, the 16th time in the last 17 games they’d given up the opening goal of a game. They won only five of the seventeen games (5-10-2).
…..Michael Bournival missed last Saturday’s shutout win at Abbotsford with foot poisoning. Although now healthy, Coach Sylvain Lefebvre was reluctant to break up a winning lineup and left Bournival out for the second straight game.
…..The Bulldogs move on to Hershey to play the Bears Saturday night before returning home to play Lake Erie on Tuesday.
……Super aggressive rookie Brendan Gallagher picked up his third goaltender interference penalty of the season.
……The Syracuse Crunch are an affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Last year, the team was located in Norfolk Virginia where won a professional hockey record twenty-nine straight games and the Calder Cup championship.
Hamilton Bulldogs 1 at Syracuse Crunch 5
Friday, December 7, 2012 – Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter
Hamilton 1 0 0 – 1
Syracuse 3 0 2 – 5
1, Syracuse, Palat 3 (Barberio, Johnson), 0:26.
2, Syracuse, Connolly 8 (Killorn, Johnson), 7:08 (PP).
3, Syracuse, Taormina 3 (Conacher, Brown), 13:42 (PP).
4, Hamilton, Palushaj 7 (Beaulieu, Leblanc), 19:42.
Penalties-St-Denis Ham (closing hand on puck), 6:03; Ellis Ham (slashing), 6:34; Angelidis Syr (high-sticking), 8:21; Hagel Ham (fighting), 11:36; Labrie Syr (fighting), 11:36; Chaput Ham (slashing), 12:19.
Penalties-Gallagher Ham (tripping), 3:24; Labrie Syr (goaltender interference), 7:49.
5, Syracuse, Killorn 4 (Palat, Barberio), 6:28.
6, Syracuse, Labrie 4 (Connolly, Korobov), 11:08.
Penalties-Wyman Syr (roughing), 1:09; Gallagher Ham (tripping), 7:51; Brown Syr (high-sticking), 14:01.
Shots on Goal-Hamilton 6-6-8-20. Syracuse 18-14-10-42.
Power Play Opportunities-Hamilton 0 / 4; Syracuse 2 / 5.
Goalies-Hamilton, Desjardins 3-1-0 (42 shots-37 saves). Syracuse, Helenius 5-2-0 (20 shots-19 saves).
Referees-Dave Lewis (46), Ryan Murphy (5).
Linesmen-Andy Petrus (26), Jud Ritter (34).
Hamilton Bulldogs 2012-13 Individual Stats
|6||Joe Stejskal (X)||4||0||2||2||-1||2||0||0||2||0.0|
|31||Scott Darling (X)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0|
|11||Alain Berger (X)||9||0||0||0||-6||4||0||0||10||0.0|
|31||Scott Darling (X)||1||24:32||0||0||0||0||0||0.00||8||1.000|