Bulldogs – Rampage: A Numbers Game (April 5th)

A look at some interesting stats from Hamilton’s 4-2 win over the Rampage in San Antonio.

Photo by Ashlee Wood

Photo by Ashlee Wood

1  The Dogs are 3-7-0-0 in their last 10 games and 15 points out of a playoff spot. They are currently sitting last place in the conference and 30th place overall in the league. They are in danger of not making the playoffs for the second year in a row which would be a first in franchise history. Hamilton has never finished last overall in the league either. With only 147 goals scored so far this season they are about to set franchise record lows in total goals scored and goals scored per game average which currently sits at 2.16 per game.

2  Lineup changes Kristo, Hudon and Beaulieu in. Merth, Vail, Stejskal and Lefebvre healthy scratches. Blunden and Dumont still in Montreal  Ross and Chouinard still waiting to make Dogs debut and Chaput still out. I can’t figure out why you would sit Brady Vail when he is here on a ATO doesn’t make sense to me.

Line combos and D pairings according to Derek Wills

Archambault – Belzile – Kristo                                            Beaulieu – Pateryn

Hudon – Tenute – Holland                                                     Tinordi – Ellis

Bournival – Nokelainen – Leblanc                                      DeSantis – St. Denis

Stortini – Quailer – Hagel

Note: 1st pro games for both Kristo and Hudon

Here’s an interesting stat 49 players have suited up for the Bulldogs this season with 2 more waiting in the wings to make their debuts.

3  The Dogs PP went 0 for 8 tonight bringing their total for the month of April to 0 goals in 12 chances for a 0.0% success rate.

4  The Dogs PK went 4 for 5 bringing the total for the month of April to 5 for 6 for a 83.3% success rate they also managed to score a shorthanded goal giving them 5 on the year.

5  The Dogs were outshot by the Rampage 38-37. Beaulieu led all Dogs and players with 6 shots while Combs led the Rampage with 5 shots. Tinordi and Stortini were the only Dogs not to have a shot on goal while Wilson and Megan were the only Rampage not to have a shot on goal.  (1st period 16-15 Dogs, 2nd period 14-10 Rampage, 3rd period 11-9 Dogs)

6  It was the last of two meetings between the two teams the Dogs were 1-1-0-0 against the Rampage this season scoring 6  goals and giving up 7 including 1 empty netter.

7  Danny Kristo scores his first pro point in his first pro game.

8  Robert Mayer sets a new career best with his 15th victory of the season he now has 38 career wins.

9  Alex Belzile scored his 2nd game winning goal of the season playing in just his 7th game with the Dogs. (7GP 3G 4A 7Pts)

10 Patrick Holland has 4 goals and 8 assists giving him 12 points in his last 14 games.  In his first 50 games he had 5 goals and 9 assists for 14 points.

11  Louis Leblanc has 4 assists in his last 4 games.

12  Nathan Beaulieu has 1 goal and 4 assists in his last 4 games and 1 goal 7 assists over his last 8 games.

13  Petteri Nokelainen scored his first goal and point as a Bulldog.

14  A look at the three stars:

1st Star was Robert Mayer of the Bulldogs who stopped 36 of 38 shots on his way to his team leading 15th victory of the season. He also stopped Jon Rheault’s  penalty shot attempt at 13:42 of the first period. With this selection Mayer passes Brendan Gallagher to take over first place in the Molson Cup three star selection standings.

2nd Star was Alex Belzile of the Bulldogs who had 1 goal, 1 shot and a +1 rating. His goal turned out to be the game winner.

3rd Star was Nathan Beaulieu of the Bulldogs who had 1 goal, 1 assist, 6 shots and a +1 rating.

15  A look at the Premium Player of the Game: Louis Leblanc who had 1 assist, 5 shots and a 0 rating was chosen player of the game.

Note: If you look at just the numbers a case could be made for Nokelainen who had 1 goal, 1 assist, 3 shots and +1 rating. With those numbers he should have been picked at least the premium player if not a star of the game. A case can also be made for Tenute who had 2 assists, 2 shots and a +1 rating.

16  The Bulldogs beat the Rampage 4-2 at the AT&T Centre in San Antonio in front of 8,515 fans. Beaulieu and Nokelainen each had a goal and an assist while Tenute had two assists. Mayer stopped 36 shots along with a penalty shot to get the victory.

Nokelainen scores his first goal as a Bulldog at 4:43 of the first when he buries a rebound on a shot from Louis Leblanc. At 14:54 Tenute wins the draw deep in the Rampage zone and gets the puck over to Holland who buries it behind Foster to put the Dogs up 2-0.

Just 49 seconds into the second period Greg Rallo beats Mayer to cut the lead in half. At 3:53 with the Rampage on the PP Colby Robak beats Mayer on a shot from the point that goes over his shoulder to tie the game at 2.

Alex Belzile scores at 11:40 of the second to give Hamilton the lead again. Danny Kristo would draw an assist on the goal giving him his first point as a pro.

With St. Denis off for holding Beaulieu scores a shorthanded goal at 18:15 of the third to give the Dogs a 4-2 victory.




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