The Hamilton Bulldogs may be inexperienced and undermanned but there seems to be no shortage tenacity. Trailing by three goals in the third period, the Bulldogs scored two late goals only to fall short in 4-3 loss to the Vancouver Canucks’ Chicago Wolves farm team Thursday night.
Despite outshooting the Wolves 21-13 in the early stages of the game they fell behind 2-0 on a pair of goals by Darren Archibald. The Bulldogs at one point trailed 3-0 and 4-1 before they mounted their late comeback.
With two of their top offensive threats, Aaron Palushaj and Blake Geoffrion out with long term injuries and eight of their twelve forwards with less than two years professional experience nights like this one are to be expected.
Along with Archibald, Darren Haydar and Peter Andersson scored for the Wolves. Joonas Nattinen, Michael Bournival and Nathan Beaulieu scored for the Bulldogs. Recent callup from Wheeling, Stefan Chaput had two assists for Hamilton.
The Bulldogs wound up outshooting the Wolves 37-25. (Box Score & Updated Hamilton Scoring Statistics Below)
Veteran Mike Commodore had his best game in a Hamilton uniform. Brendan Gallagher had another aggressive night in front of the Chicago net adding five shots on goal to his season total.
……Scratches – D-Antoine Corbin; C-Olivier Fortier; LW-Alexander Avtsin.
……Injuries – RW-Aaron Palushaj (shoulder); D-Greg Pateryn (elbow fracture); C-C-Blake Geoffrion (skull fracture); G-Peter Delmas (ankle)
……Brendan Gallagher was handed his fourth goaltender interference penalty on the season in the game’s second period.
…….Gallagher also recorded five shots on goal. Gallagher has 77 shots on goal in 22 games and average of 3.5 per game. Most of his shots have come from directly in front of the net. Gallagher leads team scoring with 13 points; 6 goals and 7 assists in 22 games.
……Centre Olivier Fortier was called up Wednesday from Orlando of the ECHL to replace the injured Aaron Palushaj. He arrived in time for the game but his equipment didn’t.
…..Along with his first professional goal defenceman Nathan Beaulieu assisted on Joonas Nattinen’s third period goal. He has six points his last five games.
……Michael Bournival‘s goal was his first in fifteen games.
…..The Bulldogs move on to Rockford Illinois for a game Saturday night and then to Milwaukee Sunday.
Hamilton Bulldogs 3 at Chicago Wolves 4
Thursday, December 13, 2012 – Allstate Arena
Hamilton 0 0 3 – 3
Chicago 1 1 2 – 4
1, Chicago, Archibald 3 (Tanev, Hunt), 19:44.
Penalties-Nash Ham (interference), 17:42; Longpre Chi (delay of game), 19:56.
2, Chicago, Archibald 4 (Gordon, Schroeder), 9:24 (PP).
Penalties-Connauton Chi (delay of game), 4:25; Blunden Ham (roughing), 8:21; Gallagher Ham (goaltender interference), 8:21; Sterling Chi (roughing), 8:21; Stortini Ham (fighting), 10:45; Archibald Chi (fighting), 10:45; Miller Chi (tripping), 13:23.
3, Chicago, Haydar 2 (Sweatt, Tanev), 1:25.
4, Hamilton, Nattinen 4 (Beaulieu, Commodore), 6:14.
5, Chicago, Andersson 1 (Matheson, Haydar), 6:59.
6, Hamilton, Bournival 2 (St-Denis, Chaput), 13:31 (PP).
7, Hamilton, Beaulieu 1 (Blunden, Gallagher), 19:00.
Penalties-Ellis Ham (holding), 7:34; Longpre Chi (tripping), 10:13; Miller Chi (double minor – high-sticking), 10:16; Dumont Ham (tripping), 16:40; Ebbett Chi (delay of game – faceoff violation), 19:50.
Shots on Goal-Hamilton 15-13-9-37. Chicago 10-10-5-25.
Power Play Opportunities-Hamilton 1 / 7; Chicago 1 / 4.
Goalies-Hamilton, Desjardins 5-3-0 (25 shots-21 saves). Chicago, Climie 4-7-0 (37 shots-34 saves).
Referees-Joe Sullivan (38).
Linesmen-Aaron Mills (23), Alex Stagnone (7).
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|