logo bulldogsThe Hamilton Bulldogs edged the Utica Comets 3-2 Saturday night and with win combined with a loss by the Toronto Marlies, moved into sole possession of first place in the AHL’s North Division.

The Bulldogs led 3-0 after two periods on goals by Max Macenauer, Louis Leblanc and Akim Aliu.  The Comets, a Vancouver Canucks affiliate, scored twice in the third period on goaltender Dustin Tokarski but couldn’t come up with the equalizer.  Peter Andersson and Colin Stuart scored the Utica goals.

Aliu and Macenauer each had a goal and assist in the game.  Leblanc, now has four goals and two assists his last three games after failing to record a point in his first four games of the season.

NOTES –

…..The Bulldogs have lost once in regulation time this season (4-1-2).  After finishing at the bottom of the league last season with a rookie-laden roster, the Bulldogs now lead the North Division by a point over Rochester and two points over the Toronto Marlies and are third in the Western Conference.

….Sylvain Lefebvre’s forward lines for the game – Tarnasky-Dumont-Leblanc / Macenauer-St. Pierre-Aliu / Andrighetto-Duffy-Nystrom / Courtnall-Nattinen-Fournier

……Leblanc and rookie Sven Andrighetto share the Bulldogs scoring lead with 6 points in 7 games.  Leblanc and veteran linemate Nick Tarnasky lead in goalscoring with four.  (Full team scoring statistics below)

……The Canadiens returned defenceman Greg Pateryn and forward Patrick Holland to the Bulldogs Saturday night.  They will rejoin the team in Hamilton Sunday,

……The Bulldogs return home face the Toronto Marlies at Copps Coliseum at 3.00 Sunday afternoon.
Saturday, October 26, 2013Utica Memorial Auditorium
Hamilton 1 2 0 – 3
Utica       0 0 2 – 2

1st Period-

1, Hamilton, Macenauer 1 (St. Pierre, Aliu), 5:50.

Penalties-Fournier Ham (hooking), 3:33; served by Grenier Uti (bench minor – too many men), 7:03; McIver Ham (holding), 9:51; Fournier Ham (roughing), 14:38; DeFazio Uti (roughing), 14:38; McIver Ham (delay of game), 17:47; Dalpe Uti (hooking), 19:03; Aliu Ham (slashing), 19:20; Tinordi Ham (unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:20.

2nd Period-

2, Hamilton, Leblanc 4 (Andrighetto), 8:09.

3, Hamilton, Aliu 3 (Macenauer, Nystrom), 9:56.

Penalties-Pelletier Uti (slashing), 4:22; St. Pierre Ham (unsportsmanlike conduct), 10:35; Pelletier Uti (cross-checking), 10:35; Aliu Ham (hooking), 12:06.

3rd Period-

4, Utica, Andersson 1 (Pelletier, Ferriero), 3:32.

5, Utica, Stuart 3 (Corrado, Ferriero), 15:27.

Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal-Hamilton 6-12-6-24. Utica 12-11-10-33.
Power Play Opportunities-Hamilton 0 / 2; Utica 0 / 6.
Goalies-Hamilton, Tokarski 3-0-1 (33 shots-31 saves). Utica, Eriksson 0-3-1 (24 shots-21 saves).
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Hamilton Bulldogs 2013-14 Individual Stats

# Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
20 Louis Leblanc 7 4 2 6 2 6 1 0 22 18.2
27 Sven Andrighetto 7 3 3 6 5 6 0 1 16 18.8
32 Magnus Nygren 7 1 4 5 2 4 1 0 14 7.1
74 Nick Tarnasky 7 4 0 4 -2 10 2 0 13 30.8
19 Akim Aliu 7 3 1 4 0 8 0 0 15 20.0
2 Greg Pateryn (X) 5 2 2 4 3 4 1 1 12 16.7
93 Martin St. Pierre 4 0 4 4 1 6 0 0 9 0.0
40 Gabriel Dumont 7 0 4 4 1 18 0 0 16 0.0
14 Mike Blunden (X) 3 2 1 3 3 4 0 0 7 28.6
15 Erik Nystrom 7 0 3 3 1 4 0 0 9 0.0
22 Drew Schiestel 7 0 3 3 1 0 0 0 7 0.0
37 Patrick Holland (X) 4 1 1 2 4 0 0 1 6 16.7
12 Maxime Macenauer 5 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 5 20.0
42 Ben Duffy 7 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 4 0.0
11 Nathan McIver 6 0 1 1 4 23 0 0 1 0.0
59 Joel Chouinard 7 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 9 0.0
23 Joonas Nattinen 7 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 6 0.0
8 Nathan Beaulieu (X) 1 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 3 0.0
13 Steve Quailer 2 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 2 0.0
5 Jarred Tinordi 2 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 4 0.0
44 Morgan Ellis 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0.0
47 Stefan Fournier 3 0 0 0 -1 4 0 0 3 0.0
29 Robert Mayer 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
7 Darren Dietz 4 0 0 0 1 6 0 0 2 0.0
34 Dustin Tokarski 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
9 Justin Courtnall 7 0 0 0 0 9 0 0 6 0.0
BENCH 7 0 2 0
TOTALS 7 21 34 55 26 124 5 3 193 0.109

 

# Goalies GP Mins W L SL SO GA GAA SVS SV%
34 Dustin Tokarski 4 245:15 3 0 1 0 10 2.45 112 0.918
29 Robert Mayer 3 184:48 1 1 1 0 8 2.60 91 0.919
TOTALS 7 432:29 4 1 2 0 18 2.50 203 0.919