Aaron Palushaj’s power play goal with 43 seconds remaining broke a 2-2 and gave the Hamilton Bulldogs a 3-2 win over the Grand Rapids Griffins Sunday afternoon.  It was the final game of the season for both teams.

Blake Geoffrion and Joe Callahan also scored for the Bulldogs.  Jamie Johnson and Brian Lashoff scored the Grand Rapids goals.

The Bulldogs finished the season with a 4-6-0 record against the Griffins, a Detroit Red Wings affiliate.

Veteran Brian Willsie finished the season as the Bulldogs top scorer with 44 points, one more than Andreas Engqvist who, with twenty, was the team’s top goalscorer.  Engqvist had two assists in this game.

The Bulldogs announced their season award winners during the game –

Most Valuable Player  (Selected by Hamilton Bulldogs players) TIE – Brian Willsie and Andreas Engqvist

Top Defenceman  (Selected by attending media) Frederic St-Denis

The  Man of the Year Award  (Selected by the Hamilton Bulldogs front office staff) Hunter Bishop and Brendon Nash – over 50 community appearances this season

 Top Rookie  (Selected by the Hamilton Bulldogs Radio Network Broadcast Team) Louis Leblanc – 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists)

GAME BOX SCORE

Sunday, April 15, 2012 – Copps Coliseum

1st Period-

1, Hamilton, Geoffrion 6 (Palushaj, Engqvist), 7:54 (PP).

2, Hamilton, Callahan 3 (Engqvist), 16:52 (SH).

Penalties-Exelby Gr (interference), 6:53; Palushaj Ham (bench minor – too many men), 15:01; FitzGerald Ham (slashing), 18:21; Leblanc Ham (tripping), 20:00.

2nd Period-

3, Grand Rapids, Lashoff 8 (Raedeke), 4:23.

4, Grand Rapids, Johnson 21 (Pare, Tatar), 17:09.

Penalties-Brunnstrom Gr (misconduct), 1:52; Coetzee Gr (hooking), 4:46; FitzGerald Ham (cross-checking), 10:48; Smith Gr (hooking), 13:29.

3rd Period-

5, Hamilton, Palushaj 15 (Willsie, Geoffrion), 19:17 (PP).

Penalties-Lashoff Gr (holding), 4:19; Tatar Gr (hooking), 8:33; Janik Gr (roughing), 13:53; Pare Gr (high-sticking), 18:52.

Shots on Goal-Grand Rapids 7-12-12-31. Hamilton 8-11-7-26.

Power Play Opportunities-Grand Rapids 0 / 4; Hamilton 2 / 7.

Goalies-Grand Rapids, Pearce 3-8-1 (8 shots-6 saves); McCollum 11-15-0 (18 shots-17 saves). Hamilton, Mayer 13-18-1 (31 shots-29 saves).

A-4,376

Referees-Chris Cozzan (18), Dave Lewis (16). Linesmen-Jesse Wilmot (19), Kevin Hastings (61).

Hamilton Bulldogs Final 2011-12 Individual Stats

# Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
24 Brian Willsie 68 18 26 44 -8 88 7 3 252 7.1
22 Andreas Engqvist 60 20 23 43 0 36 8 1 144 13.9
28 Aaron Palushaj 35 15 20 35 -1 35 7 0 115 13.0
10 Phil DeSimone 76 14 19 33 -30 36 5 0 122 11.5
55 Garrett Stafford (total) 48 9 19 28 -8 20 8 0 66 13.6
POR 6 1 3 4 -3 6 1 0 8 12.5
HAM 42 8 16 24 -5 14 7 0 58 13.8
32 Frederic St-Denis 58 3 25 28 -3 18 2 0 114 2.6
40 Gabriel Dumont 59 13 11 24 -15 55 5 1 138 9.4
21 Ian Schultz 60 6 17 23 -3 104 1 0 93 6.5
20 Louis Leblanc 31 11 11 22 -10 30 2 0 112 9.8
23 Joonas Nattinen 63 11 10 21 -3 30 3 0 79 13.9
51 Blake Geoffrion (total) 29 6 15 21 -4 12 2 0 66 9.1
MIL 20 2 7 9 -3 8 0 0 32 6.3
HAM 9 4 8 12 -1 4 2 0 34 11.8
7 Joe Callahan 60 3 17 20 -7 50 0 1 80 3.8
18 Dany Masse 58 9 10 19 -7 28 3 0 77 11.7
16 Olivier Fortier 37 8 7 15 -7 26 3 1 69 11.6
67 Alexander Avtsin 63 6 8 14 -24 34 1 0 101 5.9
17 Mark Mitera 76 3 10 13 -21 48 0 0 92 3.3
15 Philippe Lefebvre 69 5 6 11 -18 10 0 0 87 5.7
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 47 1 6 7 -19 17 1 0 61 1.6
5 Alex Henry 74 1 6 7 2 94 0 0 53 1.9
25 Ryan White (X) 4 4 1 5 2 26 0 0 10 40.0
3 Robert Slaney (total) 30 3 2 5 0 6 0 0 40 7.5
MIL 9 0 1 1 3 2 0 0 9 0.0
HAM 21 3 1 4 -3 4 0 0 31 9.7
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 74 2 3 5 -19 268 0 0 38 5.3
53 T.J. Fast (total) 43 1 4 5 -13 36 0 0 22 4.5
CT 1 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 1 0.0
HAM 42 1 4 5 -12 34 0 0 21 4.8
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 (X) 8 1 2 3 1 2 0 0 11 9.1
44 Olivier Malka 21 1 2 3 -6 22 0 0 46 2.2
25 Jesse Todd (X) 5 0 3 3 3 0 0 0 9 0.0
6 Joe Stejskal 55 0 3 3 -15 26 0 0 46 0.0
26 Ryan Flanigan (X) 4 1 1 2 2 4 0 0 7 14.3
29 Robert Mayer 39 0 2 2 0 6 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
54 Peter Lenes (X) 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0.0
14 Trevor Hendrikx (X) 2 0 0 0 1 7 0 0 0 0.0
39 Peter Delmas 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
BENCH 76 2 10 2
TOTALS 76 185 292 475 -234 1212 58 7 2223 0.082

 

# Goalies GP Mins W L SL SO GA GAA SVS SV%
39 Peter Delmas 4 185:32 1 2 0 0 7 2.26 79 0.919
52 Nathan Lawson 44 2402:26 19 17 4 5 103 2.57 1098 0.914
29 Robert Mayer 39 2000:38 14 18 1 0 98 2.94 974 0.909
TOTALS 76 4610:55 34 37 5 5 221 2.88 2151 0.907