22-Andreas Engqvist - Hamilton Bulldogs

Andreas Engqvist continues to carry an unexpected hot hand for the Hamilton Bulldogs.  Engqvist scored two goals in leading the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 3-1 win over Oklahoma City Sunday afternoon at Copps Coliseum.  Playing on Hamilton’s top line with Aaron Palushaj and Alexander Avtsin, Engqvist now has an eight game scoring streak going.
Palushaj assisted on both Engqvist goals.  Gabriel Dumont scored the other Hamilton goal into an empty net.
Over the three game weekend, linemates Engqvist and Palushaj accounted for six of the eleven goals scored by the Bulldogs.  Engqvist, who leads the team with 12 goals, had 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists).  Palushaj had a seven point weekend; 3 goals and 4 assists.  (Box score and Hamilton team scoring statistics below)
Since a six game losing streak in early December settled the Bulldogs into the AHL Western Conference cellar, the team has a 9-2-3 record and have moved from 15th to 9th at 16-14-5.

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
1st Period-

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.

2nd Period-

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.

3rd Period-

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).

A-3,830

Referees-Trent Knorr (52), Marcus Vinnerborg (45). Linesmen-Paul Reid (62), Kevin Hastings (61).

Hamilton Bulldogs 2011-12 Individual Stats

# Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
28 Aaron Palushaj 21 9 14 23 6 24 4 0 67 13.4
22 Andreas Engqvist 21 12 7 19 11 18 5 0 52 23.1
24 Brian Willsie 33 5 14 19 -5 50 2 1 137 3.7
55 Garrett Stafford (total) 31 4 12 16 0 14 4 0 38 10.5
POR 6 1 3 4 -3 6 1 0 8 12.5
HAM 25 3 9 12 3 8 3 0 30 10.0
32 Frederic St-Denis 26 3 13 16 1 6 2 0 48 6.3
10 Phil DeSimone 35 6 9 15 -13 26 2 0 54 11.1
16 Olivier Fortier 20 6 5 11 -2 2 2 1 42 14.3
18 Dany Masse 35 6 5 11 -5 20 3 0 45 13.3
20 Louis Leblanc 17 5 6 11 -6 6 2 0 59 8.5
67 Alexander Avtsin 35 5 6 11 -9 18 1 0 64 7.8
7 Joe Callahan 33 1 9 10 -4 31 0 0 37 2.7
40 Gabriel Dumont 26 6 3 9 -8 27 3 0 63 9.5
14 Mike Blunden (X) 17 3 5 8 -2 12 0 0 49 6.1
19 Brock Trotter 5 2 5 7 -3 4 1 0 10 20.0
23 Joonas Nattinen 26 2 5 7 -3 12 1 0 33 6.1
17 Mark Mitera 35 1 6 7 -12 26 0 0 36 2.8
51 Mitch Wahl (total) 23 2 4 6 -1 6 0 0 23 8.7
ABB 5 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 8 0.0
HAM 18 2 4 6 1 6 0 0 15 13.3
21 Ian Schultz 22 2 3 5 2 39 0 0 23 8.7
15 Philippe Lefebvre 31 2 3 5 -8 4 0 0 36 5.6
13 Zack FitzGerald 33 2 1 3 -9 134 0 0 19 10.5
53 T.J. Fast (total) 15 0 2 2 -7 8 0 0 4 0.0
CT 1 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 1 0.0
HAM 14 0 2 2 -6 6 0 0 3 0.0
29 Robert Mayer 16 0 2 2 0 2 0 0 0 0.0
12 Andrew Conboy 10 1 0 1 -2 12 0 0 13 7.7
5 Alex Henry 35 1 0 1 3 38 0 0 25 4.0
44 Olivier Malka (X) 8 0 1 1 -5 2 0 0 11 0.0
11 Alain Berger 17 0 1 1 -8 8 0 0 19 0.0
6 Joe Stejskal 26 0 1 1 -8 12 0 0 19 0.0
52 Nathan Lawson 24 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0.0
BENCH 35 1 4 1
TOTALS 35 86 139 224 -91 561 31 2 1010 0.084

 

# Goalies GP Mins W L SL SO GA GAA SVS SV%
52 Nathan Lawson 24 1335:18 10 9 3 3 57 2.56 639 0.918
29 Robert Mayer 16 792:35 6 6 1 0 38 2.88 389 0.911
TOTALS 35 2136:46 16 15 4 3 98 2.75 1028 0.913

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.