Nigel Dawes - Six Goals in Four Games

The callup of Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais left the Hamilton Bulldogs with little conistant offense. The acquisition of Nigel Dawes from the Atlanta Thrashers as part of the deal that included Brent Sopel (for Ben Maxwell)  seems to have solved the problem.

Against the Milwaukee Admirals Dawes continued on a remarkable offensive tear, registering a hat trick before the game was 22 minutes old and then assisting on the overtime game-winner by Alex Henry as Hamilton won 5-4 count on Wednesday at Copps Coliseum.

For Henry, it marked his first regular-season goal in more than two years, since scoring for the Bulldogs on Jan. 16, 2009 vs. Lake Erie.

Dawes has racked up six goals – including one game-winner – and seven points in just four games since joining the Bulldogs.

Dating back to the end of his stint with the Chicago Wolves, the 26-year-old has tallied a goal in an AHL season-high eight consecutive games (11-3-14), and his effort on Wednesday vaulted him past Portland’s Mark Mancari into the league lead with 33 goals (33-18-41) in 51 games overall.

Dawes scored twice in a span of 1:38 late in the first period before completing his hat trick just 1:23 into the second frame, staking Hamilton to a 3-0 lead in the process.

Milwaukee came back to tie the game in the second period and then Hamilton’s Dany Masse and Milwaukee’s Gabriel Bourque traded markers in the third period before Henry ended it with just four seconds left in the overtime period. Dawes and Andreas Engqvist assisted on the game-winner.
Aaron Palushaj registered two assists for the Bulldogs, Drew MacIntyre – a teammate of Dawes earlier this year in Chicago – made 28 saves to earn the victory in his Hamilton debut.

The win pushed Hamilton (33-21-1-5, 72 points) back into sole possession of first place in the North Division, two points up on idle Manitoba and Lake Erie.

Milwaukee 0 3 1 0 – 4
Hamilton 2 1 1 1 – 5

1st Period-

1, Hamilton, Dawes 31   16:33.

2, Hamilton, Dawes 32 (Palushaj), 18:11.

Penalties-Ford Mil (cross-checking), 5:55; Petruic Ham (cross-checking), 14:19.

2nd Period-

3, Hamilton, Dawes 33 (Palushaj, Fortier), 1:23.

4, Milwaukee, Laakso 3 (Mueller, Thang), 4:31.

5, Milwaukee, Ford 2 (Flynn, Bartlett), 6:26.

6, Milwaukee, Thuresson 9 (Mueller), 18:27 (PP).

Penalties-Avtsin Ham (boarding), 17:07.

3rd Period-

7, Hamilton, Masse 2 (Bishop, Nash), 6:59.

8, Milwaukee, Bourque 12 (Thuresson, Johnson), 10:23 (PP).

Penalties-Nash Ham (delay of game), 9:43.

OT Period-

9, Hamilton, Henry 1 (Dawes, Engqvist), 4:56.

Penalties-Klubertanz Ham (high-sticking), 2:35.

Shots on Goal-Milwaukee 8-13-8-3-32. Hamilton 10-11-10-3-34.
Power Play Opportunities-Milwaukee 2 / 4; Hamilton 0 / 1.
Goalies-Milwaukee, Dekanich 21-9-5 (12 shots-9 saves); Smith 10-5-1 (22 shots-20 saves). Hamilton, MacIntyre 13-5-1 (32 shots-28 saves).
A-2,151
Referees-Darcy Burchell (50), Jamie Koharski (84).
Linesmen-Kevin Ferguson (31), Ryan Lachine (83).

# Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
19 Nigel Dawes (total) 51 33 18 51 6 17 9 1 158 20.9
  CHI 47 27 17 44 2 17 8 1 145 18.6
  HAM 4 6 1 7 4 0 1 0 13 46.2
51 David Desharnais (X) 35 10 35 45 14 24 1 3 70 14.3
19 Ben Maxwell (X) 47 11 29 40 -2 32 7 0 146 7.5
28 Aaron Palushaj 51 13 25 38 12 26 4 0 112 11.6
23 Max Pacioretty (X) 27 17 15 32 4 20 7 0 132 12.9
10 J.T. Wyman 60 13 15 28 3 30 2 0 116 11.2
4 Brendon Nash 55 4 22 26 15 43 3 0 59 6.8
15 Kyle Klubertanz 56 8 17 25 -3 38 2 0 86 9.3
72 Mathieu Carle 52 10 12 22 11 32 3 0 96 10.4
17 Dustin Boyd 32 15 4 19 0 16 6 1 106 14.2
22 Andreas Engqvist 53 8 11 19 7 14 2 0 99 8.1
32 Frederic St. Denis 59 4 15 19 10 22 2 0 80 5.0
20 Ryan Russell 54 9 9 18 13 48 0 0 100 9.0
12 Andrew Conboy 46 9 8 17 3 59 0 0 73 12.3
26 Alexander Avtsin 42 4 13 17 2 14 1 0 68 5.9
14 Olivier Fortier 48 7 9 16 -1 18 5 0 63 11.1
3 Brett Festerling (total) (X) 48 3 13 16 -10 56 2 0 64 4.7
  SYR 32 3 9 12 -10 41 2 0 48 6.3
  HAM 16 0 4 4 0 15 0 0 16 0.0
40 Gabriel Dumont 54 5 10 15 -6 65 0 0 110 4.5
7 Yannick Weber (X) 15 8 4 12 -5 10 4 0 51 15.7
25 Ryan White (X) 33 3 9 12 -5 77 1 0 61 4.9
5 Alex Henry 60 1 11 12 7 77 0 0 32 3.1
61 Hunter Bishop 24 3 3 6 6 8 0 0 29 10.3
18 Dany Masse 16 2 2 4 -2 6 0 0 20 10.0
85 Neil Petruic 33 0 2 2 5 31 0 0 25 0.0
44 Jimmy Bonneau 58 1 0 1 -9 143 0 0 26 3.8
16 David Urquhart 18 0 1 1 0 8 0 0 9 0.0
31 Drew MacIntyre (total) 21 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
  CHI 20 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
  HAM 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 Curtis Sanford 40 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0.0
45 Peter Delmas (X) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
35 Robert Mayer 20 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0.0
24 Ian Schultz 32 0 0 0 -7 26 0 0 35 0.0
  BENCH 60 5       12     5  
  TOTALS 60 176 287 458 76 922 51 4 1838 0.093
# Goalies GP Mins W L SL SO GA GAA SVS SV%
45 Peter Delmas (X) 2 125 1 0 1 0 4 1.92 56 0.933
1 Curtis Sanford 40 2273 22 13 2 5 73 1.93 963 0.930
31 Drew MacIntyre (total) 21 1200 13 5 1 0 59 2.95 557 0.904
  CHI 20 1135 12 5 1 0 55 2.91 529 0.906
  HAM 1 65 1 0 0 0 4 3.70 28 0.875
35 Robert Mayer 20 1177 9 9 2 0 60 3.06 489 0.891
  TOTALS 60 3640 33 22 5 5 141 2.32 1536 0.91