123hamilton IIThe Lake Erie Monsters completed the weekend sweep of the Hamilton Bulldogs with a 4-3 shootout win Saturday night at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton. With a 6-3 loss to Lake Erie Friday night, the Bulldogs were eliminated from the post season for the fourth consecutive season.

A crowd of 10,236 came to FirstOntario Centre to say goodbye to Hamilton’s American Hockey League franchise after nineteen years. The Canadiens top farm team will be moving to St. John’s Newoundland where they will be known as the IceCaps while OHL junior hockey will be returning the Steel City and FirstOntario Centre.

The Lake Erie Monsters completed a weekend sweep of the Bulldogs with a 4-3 shootout victory.  With the losses, the Bulldogs will miss the AHL playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

Christian Thomas’ goal at 3:47 of the third period forced the overtime. Also scoring for Hamilton were T.J. Hensick and Christian Thomas. Hensick and Thomas also collected assists. F

Stefan Elliott, Cody Corbett and Freddie Hamilton scored in regulation time for the Cleveland based Monsters who are affiliated with the Colorado Avalanche. Elliott scored what proved to be the winning goal in the shootout.

In their final season in Hamilton the Bulldogs finished in tenth place in the AHL’s Western Converence with a 34-29-13 record four points behind the Toronto Marlies who nailed down the eighth and final berth in the AHL West.

Final Notes –

 

…  After the game the Canadiens announced that goaltender Mike Condon, defensemen Darren Dietz and Brett Lernout plus forwards Daniel Carr, Charles Hudon and Chirstian Thomas will become this year’s “Black Aces” during the playoffs.

..Both LW Charles Hudon and C Gabriel Dumont were scratched prior to the game with undisclosed injuries.

….This was the first time in their 76 game Hamilton season that they were forced to a shootout.  The Bulldogs were the only team in the league that had not had a game decided in a shootout.

….The Bulldogs last their final seven games at FirstOntario Centre.

….Both left wing Tim Bozon and goaltender Brandon Whitney made their AHL debut. Bozon recorded six shots on goal including three in the overtime period. Playing under an amateur tryout contract, Whitney stopped 33 of 36 shots.

….Prior to the game Dumont was named the Bulldogs most valuable player; Davis Drewiske the top defenseman and Hudon the team’s rookie of the year.

….Hudon finished second in the AHL rookie scoring race with 57 points (19g, 38a), four behind the Toronto Marlies Connor Brown. Bulldogs left winger Daniel Carr led all AHL rookies in goalscoring with 24.

….In their 19 years in Hamilton, the Bulldogs won the Calder Cup Championship once, in 2007.  Future NHLer’s Carey Price, Maxim Lapierre, Kyle Kipchura, Ryan O’Byrne and Matt D’Agostini were part of that team.

 
Lake Erie Monsters 4 (SO) at Hamilton Bulldogs 3
Saturday, April 18, 2015 – FirstOntario Centre

Lake Erie 1 2 0 0 – 4
Hamilton 1 1 1 0 – 3

1st Period-

1, Lake Erie, Corbett 3 (Ryan, Agozzino), 14:30.

2, Hamilton, Tangradi 14 (Hensick), 16:10.

Penalties-Elliott Le (slashing), 1:24.

2nd Period-

3, Hamilton, Hensick 19 (Thomas), 7:08.

4, Lake Erie, Elliott 19 (Agozzino, Hishon), 14:56 (PP).

5, Lake Erie, Hamilton 11   15:41.

Penalties-Vincour Le (hooking), 2:06; served by Fournier Ham (bench minor – too many men), 14:16.

3rd Period-

6, Hamilton, Thomas 11 (Andrighetto, Carr), 3:47.

Penalties-Dowell Ham (interference), 5:26; Heard Le (fighting), 8:15; Dowell Ham (fighting), 8:15; Agozzino Le (holding), 16:52.

OT Period-

No Scoring.

Penalties-No Penalties

Shootout – Lake Erie 1 (Hishon G, Elliott NG), Hamilton 0 (Hensick NG, Thomas NG, Carr NG).
Shots on Goal-Lake Erie 8-12-12-4-1-37. Hamilton 7-16-16-4-0-43.
Power Play Opportunities-Lake Erie 1 / 2; Hamilton 0 / 3.
Goalies-Lake Erie, Pickard 23-17-3 (43 shots-40 saves). Hamilton, Whitney 0-0-1 (36 shots-33 saves).
A-10,236
Referees-Ben Moser (3), Jamie Koharski (84).
Linesmen-Kevin Hastings (61), Jesse Wilmot (19).

Season Ending Statistics 

# Player Pos GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
17 T.J. Hensick C 75 19 41 60 -12 10 1 0 183 10.4
10 Charles Hudon C 75 19 38 57 5 68 3 0 165 11.5
40 Gabriel Dumont C 66 20 25 45 0 88 5 2 176 11.4
27 Sven Andrighetto C 60 14 29 43 -6 42 4 0 155 9.0
11 Daniel Carr LW 76 24 15 39 8 21 3 0 177 13.6
15 Drayson Bowman LW 62 14 19 33 -4 33 4 0 143 9.8
25 Eric Tangradi LW 48 14 17 31 9 56 3 0 142 9.9
21 Nick Sorkin RW 68 11 14 25 1 10 1 0 105 10.5
19 Christian Thomas RW 52 11 11 22 -10 18 2 0 125 8.8
4 Davis Drewiske D 62 4 18 22 15 28 0 0 112 3.6
7 Darren Dietz D 71 4 13 17 -3 64 0 0 65 6.2
18 Jake Dowell F 76 5 10 15 -6 75 0 1 85 5.9
2 Greg Pateryn (X) D 53 3 12 15 -1 56 1 0 78 3.8
9 Mac Bennett D 59 4 8 12 -2 10 2 0 64 6.3
20 Jacob de la Rose (X) F 37 6 5 11 7 11 0 1 49 12.2
12 Maxime Macenauer C 47 6 4 10 0 28 0 0 48 12.5
32 Magnus Nygren D 15 4 6 10 2 2 1 0 38 10.5
28 Michael Bournival C 12 3 6 9 4 8 0 0 34 8.8
3 Morgan Ellis D 27 3 6 9 3 13 0 0 59 5.1
29 Sahir Gill (total) (X) LW 37 3 4 7 0 6 0 0 32 9.4
HAM LW 25 2 2 4 -1 6 0 0 18 11.1
WBS LW 12 1 2 3 1 0 0 0 14 7.1
5 Jarred Tinordi D 44 1 6 7 9 36 0 0 53 1.9
6 Bryan Allen (total) D 37 1 5 6 -6 24 0 0 43 2.3
NOR D 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.0
HAM D 35 1 5 6 -6 24 0 0 42 2.4
23 Connor Crisp LW 39 2 3 5 -2 102 0 0 20 10.0
16 Bobby Shea D 24 1 4 5 -1 53 0 0 17 5.9
14 Rene Bourque (X) LW 4 2 2 4 2 4 1 0 17 11.8
8 Nathan Beaulieu (X) D 8 2 2 4 -2 9 0 0 20 10.0
24 Brandon McNally LW 11 2 1 3 -1 8 0 0 7 28.6
26 Joe Finley D 54 0 3 3 -6 132 0 0 34 0.0
38 Josiah Didier D 8 0 1 1 0 5 0 0 1 0.0
22 Stefan Fournier RW 14 0 1 1 -2 14 0 0 10 0.0
38 Shane Bakker (X) F 15 0 1 1 1 37 0 0 2 0.0
29 Tim Bozon LW 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.0
34 Brandon Whitney G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
34 Dustin Tokarski (X) G 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
37 Brett Lernout D 6 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 6 0.0
36 David Makowski (X) D 7 0 0 0 -1 2 0 0 3 0.0
39 Joey MacDonald (X) G 26 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0.0
24 Jack Nevins (X) LW 32 0 0 0 -8 88 0 0 13 0.0
1 Mike Condon G 48 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
BENCH 76 0 12 0
TOTALS 76 201 328 529 -9 1179 31 4 2272 0.088

 

# Goalies GP Mins W L SOL SO GA GAA SVS SV%
1 Mike Condon 48 2857:19 23 19 0 4 116 2.44 1352 0.921
34 Dustin Tokarski 2 119:04 1 1 0 0 5 2.52 57 0.919
34 Brandon Whitney 1 67:00 0 0 1 0 3 2.69 33 0.917
39 Joey MacDonald 26 1557:44 10 9 0 0 72 2.77 725 0.910
Totals 76 4646:23 34 29 1 4 207 2.67 2167 0.913