Veteran Brian Willsie broke a 1-1 deadlock with just under five minutes remaining to give the Hamilton Bulldogs a 2-1 victory in Peoria Sunday night.

The victory completed a winning three-game weekend (2-1-0).  On Friday the Bulldogs lost 3-2 in Milwaukee and then moved on to beat the Wolves 3-2 in Chicago.

The Bulldogs are 4-3-1 through the first eight games of their record setting twelve game 28 day road trip which now heads to Texas for three games.  They play in San Antonio on Wednesday.

The other Hamilton goal was scored by Travis Novak, his first as a pro.  Willsie now has an active four game goalscoring streak.  the 6’2″ 205lb Novak was signed to a Professional Tryout Contract last week after leading the NCAA’s Merrimack College in goals this season.

Jonathan Cheechoo tied the game at his 21st of the season to tie the game at 1.  The Rivermen are a St. Louis Blues farm team.

Bulldogs starting goaltender Robert Mayer made 19 saves in a scoreless first period, and wound up stopping 42 of 43 shots.

Notes – Number one goaltender Nathan Lawson was injured in the game at Chicago Saturday.  The Bulldogs called up Peter Delmas from Wheeling (ECHL) to replace him.  ……..The Bulldogs are currently playing without the services of eleven of their regulars, missing through either call-ups (St. Denis, Leblanc, Palushaj, Geoffrion) or injury.

Final Sunday, March 25, 2012 – Carver Arena

1st Period

No Scoring.

Penalties-Willsie Ham (interference), 8:41; Dumont Ham (slashing), 9:29; Cheechoo Peo (tripping), 9:29; Peluso Peo (hooking), 15:55; Stejskal Ham (holding), 19:56.

2nd Period-

1, Hamilton, Novak 1 (Todd, Malka), 6:39.

2, Peoria, Cheechoo 21   16:02.

Penalties-served by Novak Ham (bench minor – too many men), 3:48; Engqvist Ham (tripping), 10:41.

3rd Period-

3, Hamilton, Willsie 14 (Engqvist), 15:54.

Penalties-Evans Peo (hooking), 1:12; Peluso Peo (hooking), 10:52.

Shots on Goal-Hamilton 11-7-16-34. Peoria 19-9-15-43.

Power Play Opportunities-Hamilton 0 / 3; Peoria 0 / 4.

Goalies-Hamilton, Mayer 10-15-1 (43 shots-42 saves). Peoria, Allen 11-17-1 (34 shots-32 saves).

A-6,319 Referees-Mark Lemelin (41), Jon McIsaac (39). Linesmen-Dan Cohen (47), Aaron Mills (23).

Hamilton Bulldogs 2011-12 Individual Stats

# Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
22 Andreas Engqvist 51 19 18 37 0 36 8 0 122 15.6
24 Brian Willsie 59 14 23 37 -9 84 6 2 211 6.6
28 Aaron Palushaj (X) 31 13 18 31 1 33 5 0 105 12.4
10 Phil DeSimone 67 13 18 31 -26 36 5 0 113 11.5
55 Garrett Stafford (total) 47 9 19 28 -8 20 8 0 64 14.1
POR 6 1 3 4 -3 6 1 0 8 12.5
HAM 41 8 16 24 -5 14 7 0 56 14.3
32 Frederic St-Denis (X) 54 3 25 28 -4 16 2 0 105 2.9
21 Ian Schultz 53 6 16 22 -2 99 1 0 85 7.1
40 Gabriel Dumont 52 12 9 21 -12 49 4 1 130 9.2
20 Louis Leblanc (X) 27 9 10 19 -8 26 2 0 99 9.1
23 Joonas Nattinen 54 9 9 18 0 30 3 0 70 12.9
51 Blake Geoffrion (total) (X) 25 4 13 17 -2 10 1 0 52 7.7
MIL 20 2 7 9 -3 8 0 0 32 6.3
HAM 5 2 6 8 1 2 1 0 20 10.0
7 Joe Callahan 55 2 15 17 -7 50 0 0 74 2.7
18 Dany Masse 49 9 7 16 -5 24 3 0 66 13.6
16 Olivier Fortier 30 7 7 14 -2 24 3 1 58 12.1
67 Alexander Avtsin 57 6 8 14 -22 32 1 0 91 6.6
15 Philippe Lefebvre 63 4 6 10 -16 10 0 0 79 5.1
17 Mark Mitera 67 2 7 9 -22 46 0 0 73 2.7
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
11 Alain Berger 43 1 5 6 -16 17 1 0 54 1.9
25 Ryan White (X) 4 4 1 5 2 26 0 0 10 40.0
51 Mitch Wahl (total) (X) 27 2 3 5 -1 6 0 0 27 7.4
ABB 5 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0 8 0.0
HAM 22 2 3 5 1 6 0 0 19 10.5
13 Zack FitzGerald 65 2 3 5 -15 229 0 0 33 6.1
53 T.J. Fast (total) 36 1 4 5 -8 34 0 0 16 6.3
CT 1 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 1 0.0
HAM 35 1 4 5 -7 32 0 0 15 6.7
5 Alex Henry 65 1 3 4 0 89 0 0 45 2.2
26 Eric Lampe (total) (X) 16 2 1 3 -2 2 0 0 19 10.5
LE 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.0
HAM 13 2 0 2 -2 2 0 0 18 11.1
3 Robert Slaney (total) 25 2 1 3 2 6 0 0 32 6.3
MIL 9 0 1 1 3 2 0 0 9 0.0
HAM 16 2 0 2 -1 4 0 0 23 8.7
44 Olivier Malka 17 0 3 3 -5 14 0 0 31 0.0
6 Joe Stejskal 48 0 3 3 -11 26 0 0 37 0.0
25 Jesse Todd 3 0 2 2 2 0 0 0 7 0.0
27 Travis Novak 3 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 50.0
12 Andrew Conboy 10 1 0 1 -2 12 0 0 13 7.7
27 Joey Haddad (total) (X) 19 1 0 1 -3 2 0 0 20 5.0
BRI 8 0 0 0 -3 2 0 0 8 0.0
HAM 11 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 12 8.3
29 Robert Mayer 32 0 1 1 0 4 0 0 0 0.0
52 Nathan Lawson 44 0 1 1 0 8 0 0 0 0.0
39 Peter Delmas 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
54 Peter Lenes (X) 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0.0
14 Trevor Hendrikx 2 0 0 0 1 7 0 0 0 0.0
26 Ryan Flanigan 3 0 0 0 2 4 0 0 5 0.0
BENCH 67 2 10 2
TOTALS 67 163 257 418 -193 1119 53 4 1942 0.083

 

# Goalies GP Mins W L SL SO GA GAA SVS SV%
39 Peter Delmas 1 60:00 1 0 0 0 1 1.00 26 0.963
52 Nathan Lawson 44 2402:26 19 17 4 5 103 2.57 1098 0.914
29 Robert Mayer 32 1587:38 10 15 1 0 82 3.10 788 0.906
TOTALS 67 4069:25 30 32 5 5 196 2.89 1912 0.907