Engqvist made the Canadiens at the start of the season based on his checking abilities and showed no signs of offense in his eight games with the Habs (0-goals, 0-assists). Since he was returned to the Bulldogs on December 10th he has scored 8 goals and 5 assists in 12 games. Palushaj has 8 goals and 7 assists in the 13 games since he was reassigned by the Canadiens December 6th.
Robert Mayer again started in goal in place of Nathan Lawson who is out with a concussion suffered Friday night. Mayer stopped 35 of 36 shots in posting the win.
For the second straight game Mayer was backed up by Pat Dipronio – a 42-year-old men’s league goalie and Hamilton native, who was placed on a Professional Tryout Contract. Peter Delmas, who would normally have been called up from the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL to replace Lawson is just returning from a concussion of his own.
The Bulldogs face another three game weekend starting Friday in Glens Falls New York. They’ll play in Rochester Saturday night and the Toronto Marliies at home Sunday afternoon at 3.00.
Sunday, January 8, 2012 – Copps Coliseum
1, Hamilton, Engqvist 11 (Avtsin, Palushaj), 1:01.
Penalties-Chorney Okc (holding), 3:09; Montgomery Okc (delay of game), 4:04; Dumont Ham (tripping), 8:30; Callahan Ham (holding), 14:28; Hamilton Okc (delay of game), 16:38.
2, Hamilton, Engqvist 12 (Palushaj, Stafford), 18:23 (PP).
Penalties-VandeVelde Okc (roughing), 4:15; served by DeSimone Ham (bench minor – too many men), 8:28; Chorney Okc (interference), 10:56; Palushaj Ham (slashing), 13:04; Petrell Okc (tripping), 15:06; Montgomery Okc (interference), 18:03.
3, Oklahoma City, Petrell 1 (Paajarvi, Ringwald), 17:40.
4, Hamilton, Dumont 6 (Schultz, Mayer), 18:28 (EN).
Penalties-Henry Ham (cross-checking), 4:11; House Okc (unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:46; FitzGerald Ham (unsportsmanlike conduct, misconduct), 12:46; Palushaj Ham (hooking), 18:43.
Shots on Goal-Oklahoma City 3-17-16-36. Hamilton 11-11-7-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Oklahoma City 0 / 5; Hamilton 1 / 7.
Goalies-Oklahoma City, LeNeveu 8-5-2 (28 shots-26 saves). Hamilton, Mayer 6-6-1 (36 shots-35 saves).
Referees-Trent Knorr (52), Marcus Vinnerborg (45). Linesmen-Paul Reid (62), Kevin Hastings (61).
Hamilton Bulldogs 2011-12 Individual Stats
|55||Garrett Stafford (total)||31||4||12||16||0||14||4||0||38||10.5|
|14||Mike Blunden (X)||17||3||5||8||-2||12||0||0||49||6.1|
|51||Mitch Wahl (total)||23||2||4||6||-1||6||0||0||23||8.7|
|53||T.J. Fast (total)||15||0||2||2||-7||8||0||0||4||0.0|
|44||Olivier Malka (X)||8||0||1||1||-5||2||0||0||11||0.0|
Robert Mayer (19 saves) started in goal in place of Nathan Lawson who was out for Saturday’s game with a concussion.
Jodoin said Lawson woke up with headaches Saturday, and won’t be dressing Sunday, giving Mayer the starter’s job for now.
Mayer was backed up by Pat Dipronio – a 42-year-old men’s league goalie and Hamilton native, suiting up for the Bulldogs on a Professional Tryout Contract. The Dogs needed to scramble for a goalie after Lawson was injured Friday night. Their normal call-up, Peter Delmas, is just returning from a concussion in the ECHL Wheeling Nailers.