st. johnsThe St. John’s Ice Caps all but ended whatever slim chance the Hamilton Bulldogs had of making the American Hockey League playoffs with a 3-1 Tuesday at the Newfoundland Capital.

With the loss the Bulldogs remain 7 points behind the eighth place Rochester Americans with four games left to play.  Rochester has two games in hand.  Unless Rochester loses it’s final six games and Hamilton wins out, this will be the third straight year, Hamilton will miss the AHL post season.

After two scoreless periods, Patrice Cormier opened the scoring for St. John’s nine seconds into the third. John Albert and Will O’Neill completed the IceCaps scoring before Connor Crisp scored with just over 4 minutes left. It was Crisp’s first professional goal.

The win clinched a berth in the Calder Cup playoffs for the IceCaps.

St. John’s outshot the Bulldogs 39-36. Devan Dubnyk was in goal for Hamilton.

This was the 7th game of Hamilton’s eight game road trip. They will wrap it up with another game against the Ice Caps Wednesday.


….The goal for Connor Crisp came on his 20th birthday. Crisp, who’s Sudbury Wolves were eliminated from the OHL playoffs last week, is playing under a professional tryout contract. He was selected by the Canadiens in the third round of the 2013 draft.

….Along with Crisp, Brady Vail, another Habs draft pick was in the lineupo as well as free agent college graduate Nick Sorkin. They are also playing under PTO contracts.

…Hamilton healthy scratches for the game -C-Joonas Nattinen,  LW-Justin Courtnall C-Jordan Owens; C-Robert Czarnik and D-Jonathan Narbonne, a Laval native who was also signed to a professional tryout contract last week.

…..D-Darren Dietz remains on the injury list with a torn hamstring that will keep him out the rest of the season..

…..Earlier in the day, goaltender Dustin Tokarski was recalled by the Canadiens and will be Peter Budaj’s backup in Chicago Wednesday night. Tokarski joins Nathan Beaulieu, who was recalled last week.

….After two appearances last weekend, Tokarski moved back into the AHL top-10 in goals-against-average (2.36 = 7th) and save percentage (.920 – tied for 5th).

….6’2” RW Stefan Fournier, a Dorval native, was assigned to the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL last weekend. The former captain of the Memorial Cup Champion Halifax Mooseheads had 2 goals and 5 assists with the Bulldogs in his rookie season.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014 – Mile One Centre

Hamilton 0 0 1 – 1
St. John’s 0 0 3 – 3

1st Period-

No Scoring.

Penalties-Cormier Stj (elbowing), 9:01; Blunden Ham (tripping), 16:04; Lipon Stj (roughing), 19:24.

2nd Period-

No Scoring.

Penalties-Lipon Stj (tripping), 1:33; Vail Ham (tripping), 9:37.

3rd Period-

1, St. John’s, Cormier 9 (Riley, Hill), 0:09.

2, St. John’s, Albert 24 (Gordon), 12:10.

3, St. John’s, O’Neill 9 (Jaffray, Gordon), 16:01.

4, Hamilton, Crisp 1 (Leblanc, Drewiske), 16:47.

Penalties-Drewiske Ham (holding), 4:54; Jaffray Stj (delay of game), 6:16; Lampl Stj (boarding), 13:28.

Shots on Goal-Hamilton 11-8-17-36. St. John’s 14-11-14-39.
Power Play Opportunities-Hamilton 0 / 5; St. John’s 0 / 3.
Goalies-Hamilton, Dubnyk 1-5-0 (39 shots-36 saves). St. John’s, Beskorowany 6-2-1 (36 shots-35 saves).
Referees-Jon McIsaac (45), Garrett Rank (55).
Linesmen-Justin Day (79), Joe Maynard (48).