Veteran forward Brian Willies scoring the tieing goal midway through the third period and then the game winner in overtime as the Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Houston Aeros 3-2 Saturday night in Houston.

The win gave Hamilton two wins out of three games against the AHL’s Texas teams and was the 11th game of a historic 12 game-one month Hamilton road trip which will wind up Tuesday in Oklahoma City against the Western Conference leading Barons.  The Bulldogs, with a 6-4-1 record are guaranteed a winning record when their journey ends.  The two points also leaves the Bulldogs five points out of a playoff spot with six games left on their schedule.

Phillippe Lefebvre also scored for the Bulldogs, who outshot Houston 34-24.  Chad Rau and Nick Palmeiri scored for the Aeros, the Minnesota Wild affiliate.

 

Hamilton Bulldogs 3 (OT) at Houston Aeros 2 –
Saturday, March 31, 2012 – Toyota Center

1st Period-

1, Houston, Rau 12 (Palmieri, McMillan), 1:10.

2, Hamilton, Lefebvre 5 (Masse, Henry), 4:08.

Penalties-Fortier Ham (high-sticking), 17:28.

2nd Period-

No Scoring.

Penalties-Clackson Hou (interference), 9:29.

3rd Period-

3, Houston, Palmieri 7 (McMillan, Genoway), 1:24.

4, Hamilton, Willsie 15 (Mayer, DeSimone), 10:48 (PP).

Penalties-Cuma Hou (interference), 10:02; Novak Ham (holding), 15:10.

OT Period-

5, Hamilton, Willsie 16 (Engqvist, Mitera), 2:02.

Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Hamilton 8-14-10-2-34. Houston 6-7-9-2-24.
Power Play Opportunities-Hamilton 1 / 2; Houston 0 / 2.
Goalies-Hamilton, Mayer 12-16-1 (24 shots-22 saves). Houston, Hackett 17-15-5 (34 shots-31 saves).
A-8,582
Referees-Zac Wiebe (89).
Linesmen-Paul Wilkinson (73), Carl Sasyn (12).



Hamilton Bulldogs 2011-12 Individual Stats

# Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
24 Brian Willsie 62 16 24 40 -7 86 7 2 224 7.1
22 Andreas Engqvist 54 19 20 39 2 36 8 0 132 14.4
10 Phil DeSimone 70 13 19 32 -29 36 5 0 115 11.3
28 Aaron Palushaj (X) 31 13 18 31 1 33 5 0 105 12.4
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
40 Gabriel Dumont 55 13 9 22 -14 51 5 1 135 9.6
21 Ian Schultz 54 6 16 22 -2 99 1 0 87 6.9
23 Joonas Nattinen 57 10 9 19 1 30 3 0 75 13.3
20 Louis Leblanc (X) 27 9 10 19 -8 26 2 0 99 9.1
18 Dany Masse 52 9 8 17 -3 24 3 0 69 13.0
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
16 Olivier Fortier 31 7 7 14 -2 26 3 1 58 12.1
67 Alexander Avtsin 60 6 8 14 -24 34 1 0 99 6.1
17 Mark Mitera 70 3 9 12 -21 48 0 0 87 3.4
15 Philippe Lefebvre 66 5 6 11 -17 10 0 0 85 5.9
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 45 1 6 7 -18 17 1 0 58 1.7
25 Ryan White (X) 4 4 1 5 2 26 0 0 10 40.0
3 Robert Slaney (total) 28 3 2 5 1 6 0 0 35 8.6
MIL 9 0 1 1 3 2 0 0 9 0.0
HAM 19 3 1 4 -2 4 0 0 26 11.5
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 68 2 3 5 -14 235 0 0 36 5.6
53 T.J. Fast (total) 39 1 4 5 -11 34 0 0 19 5.3
CT 1 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 1 0.0
HAM 38 1 4 5 -10 32 0 0 18 5.6
5 Alex Henry 68 1 4 5 3 89 0 0 47 2.1
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
27 Travis Novak 6 1 2 3 2 2 0 0 10 10.0
44 Olivier Malka 20 1 2 3 -4 16 0 0 44 2.3
25 Jesse Todd 4 0 3 3 3 0 0 0 8 0.0
6 Joe Stejskal 51 0 3 3 -13 26 0 0 40 0.0
26 Ryan Flanigan 4 1 1 2 2 4 0 0 7 14.3
29 Robert Mayer 35 0 2 2 0 4 0 0 0 0.0
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
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
BENCH 70 2 10 2
TOTALS 70 172 271 441 -194 1139 55 4 2052 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 35 1768:28 12 16 1 0 89 3.02 862 0.906
TOTALS 70 4250:55 32 33 5 5 203 2.87 1986 0.907