cometsbulldogsLed by two goals from Nicklas Jensen the Utica Comets edged the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-2 before 3,511 fans at the Memorial Auditiorium in Utica Wednesday night.

The game was only close because of the goaltending of Mike Condon who was making his third consecutive start in the Bulldogs.  The first two periods spent almost entirely at the Hamilton end of the ice.  Midway through the second period in a 1-1 game shots on goal were 24-12 in Utica’s favour.

Utica’s Alexandre Grenier opened the scoring at 10:00 of the first period but Hamilton quickly tied it up on a Magnus Nygren slapshot.  Jensen scored goals in the second and third period to give Utica a 3-1 before Rene Bourque narrowed it on a 5-on-3 power play to close out the scoring.

The was the first of eight meetings against Utica, an affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks.   Final shots on goal were 30-21.

Notes –

….The loss ended a two game winning streak for the Bulldogs.  They will face the Toronto Marlies twice this weekend, at home Friday night and again on Sunday afternoon at the Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto.

….In the four games since he was assigned to Hamilton by the Canadiens, Rene Bourque has 2 goals and 2 assists.  He has been playing on a line with T.J. Hensick and rookie Charles Hudon.

….In 8 appearances, Mike Condon now has a 3-4-1 record with a 2.62GAA and a .921 save%.

….LW-Jack Nevins and RW-Christian Thomas remain on the Bulldogs injury list.  Healthy scratches were D-Bobby Shea and RW-Nick Sorkin.

….After 16 games the Bulldogs record is 6-8-2 for 14 points, 12 behind North Division leading Utica.  The Comets also have  the best record in the American Hockey League at 12-2-2.  Other members of the AHL North Division are Adirondack, Rochester and Toronto who currently hold the Division cellar.

Hamilton Bulldogs 2 at Utica Comets 3
Wednesday, November 19, 2014Utica Memorial Auditorium

Hamilton 1 0 1 – 2
Utica 1 1 1 – 3

1st Period-

1, Utica, Grenier 5 (O’Reilly), 10:00.

2, Hamilton, Nygren 3 (Tangradi), 12:31.

Penalties-Friesen Uti (cross-checking), 12:53; Kenins Uti (tripping), 17:58; Pateryn Ham (holding), 20:00.

2nd Period-

3, Utica, Jensen 5 (Friesen, Sanguinetti), 13:57.

Penalties-Finley Ham (hooking), 1:19; Finley Ham (interference), 11:56.

3rd Period-

4, Utica, Jensen 6 (Kenins, Friesen), 4:51.

5, Hamilton, Bourque 2 (Hensick, Andrighetto), 8:47 (PP).

Penalties-Corrado Uti (hooking), 8:00; Hamilton Uti (closing hand on puck), 8:19; Dumont Ham (unsportsmanlike conduct, misconduct – abuse of officials), 18:55; Pateryn Ham (kneeing), 18:55.

Shots on Goal-Hamilton 7-8-6-21. Utica 12-12-6-30.
Power Play Opportunities-Hamilton 1 / 3; Utica 0 / 5.
Goalies-Hamilton, Condon 3-4-0 (30 shots-27 saves). Utica, Eriksson 5-2-0 (21 shots-19 saves).
A-3,511
Referees-Jon McIsaac (45), Evgeny Romasko (6).
Linesmen-Jim Harper (59), Francis Trempe (85).

Hamilton Bulldogs Individual Season Statistics

# Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
10 Charles Hudon 16 4 10 14 10 14 0 0 27 14.8
27 Sven Andrighetto 15 6 7 13 3 12 2 0 51 11.8
40 Gabriel Dumont 16 6 7 13 1 50 1 0 46 13.0
17 T.J. Hensick 16 3 10 13 2 2 0 0 36 8.3
19 Christian Thomas 12 4 3 7 -4 6 0 0 29 13.8
32 Magnus Nygren 11 3 3 6 3 0 0 0 27 11.1
11 Daniel Carr 16 3 3 6 1 4 0 0 27 11.1
25 Eric Tangradi 9 2 4 6 2 14 1 0 26 7.7
15 Drayson Bowman (X) 11 2 4 6 1 5 1 0 20 10.0
14 Rene Bourque 4 2 2 4 2 4 1 0 17 11.8
28 Michael Bournival (X) 4 1 3 4 3 2 0 0 14 7.1
9 Mac Bennett 13 1 3 4 -1 0 0 0 10 10.0
20 Jacob de la Rose 16 2 1 3 -2 9 0 1 15 13.3
12 Maxime Macenauer 9 1 2 3 0 4 0 0 15 6.7
21 Nick Sorkin 11 1 2 3 -4 2 0 0 13 7.7
7 Darren Dietz 15 1 2 3 0 14 0 0 12 8.3
18 Jake Dowell 16 0 3 3 -3 10 0 0 12 0.0
4 Davis Drewiske 16 0 3 3 1 6 0 0 23 0.0
2 Greg Pateryn 16 1 1 2 3 18 1 0 18 5.6
8 Nathan Beaulieu (X) 2 1 0 1 1 9 0 0 4 25.0
5 Jarred Tinordi 6 0 1 1 0 5 0 0 7 0.0
26 Joe Finley 15 0 1 1 -4 54 0 0 10 0.0
29 Sahir Gill (X) 1 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0 2 0.0
3 Morgan Ellis (X) 2 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 3 0.0
16 Bobby Shea 2 0 0 0 0 14 0 0 2 0.0
24 Jack Nevins 7 0 0 0 -4 21 0 0 1 0.0
1 Mike Condon 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
39 Joey MacDonald 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
23 Connor Crisp 11 0 0 0 -2 50 0 0 3 0.0
BENCH 16 0 0 0
TOTALS 16 44 75 119 8 336 7 1 470 0.094
# Goalies GP Mins W L SOL SO GA GAA SVS SV%
1 Mike Condon 8 481:43 3 4 0 0 21 2.62 246 0.921
39 Joey MacDonald 8 480:19 3 4 0 0 22 2.75 190 0.896
TOTALS 16 975:09 6 8 0 0 44 2.71 436 0.908