Notes From The Dog Pound: Bulldogs – Stars (Dec. 21)

Here are some comments and observations from the Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Texas Stars game at the Coliseum formerly know as Copps on December 21, 2014.


Photo by Ashlee

A quick look at last night’s line combos and D pairings in the warm up:

Carr – Hudon – Dumont

Sorkin –  Macenauer  – Thomas

Bowman – Hensick – Tangradi

Nevins – Dowell – Crisp

Bennett – Pateryn

Drewiske – Tinordi

Finley – Dietz


The healthy scratches are: Shane Bakker, Joey MacDonald and Dalton Thrower

Injured: Magnus Nygren (sick/upper-body injury, considered day-to-day)

Bulldogs currently with the Habs: Sven Andrighetto and Nathan Beaulieu

Note: Jacob de la Rose on loan to Team Sweden for the World Juniors.

Bulldogs in Wheeling: Morgan Ellis, David Makowski, Bobby Shea and Frank Palazzese

The Bulldogs PP went 0 for 5 tonight bringing their total for the season to 17 goals on 120 chances for a 14.2% success rate. They entered the night in 22nd place overall in the league. The Bulldogs have also given up just two shorthanded goals this season. The main power play unit was Hudon, Thomas, Hensick, Pateryn and Bowman with Bennett, Dietz, Dumont, Carr and Tangradi on the second unit.

Hamilton went 6 for 7 tonight on the PK and scored a shorthanded marker, bringing their total for the season to 15 goals given up on 114 chances for a 86.8% success rate. They entered the game in 3rd place overall in the league with a 86.9% success rate. The Bulldogs have scored one shorthanded goal. Drewiske, Pateryn, Tinordi and Finley were the most used defence men, while Dumont, Dowell, Macenauer and Tangradi all saw action up front. Note: They have now scored just two shorthanded goals this season.

Hamilton was outshot by Texas 31-27. Dumont led the Bulldogs and all players with 5 shots while Faksa led the Stars with 4 shots (1st period 11-7 Bulldogs, 2nd period 11-9 Bulldogs, 3rd period 15-5 Stars).

5  Quick points:

a) 2,742 fans came out to the afternoon game.

b) Crisp had a goal and a fight just missing the Gordie Howe by an assist. He now has a 3 game fight streak going.

c) Tokarski picked up his 1st AHL win since April 4th 2014 which was a 4-1 win over Grand Rapids. Tokarski’s record now stands at 1-1-0-0 with a save percentage of .919 and a 2.52 GAA.

d) Every Bulldog except Bennett had a zero or positive rating, he was a -1 for the night.

e) Drewiske was a team high +3 tonight to go along with 2 assists.

f) Hamilton goes into the Christmas break with a record of 14-11-5-0 for 33 points, scoring 88 goals while giving up 80. Note: The 6th to 10th place teams in the conference were all tied with 31 points each entering today’s games.

g) Bulldogs home record moves to 7-6-3-0 giving them 17 points, scoring 45 goals while giving up 45.

h) Hudon was held pointless for the second game in a row. He has 0 goals, 0 assists, 2 shots and is a -1 over that span. Hudon still leads all rookie scorers with 31 points but has slipped to 3rd in AHL scoring, 4 points behind leader Brian O’Neil of the Manchester Monarchs.

I) Hamilton is 5-2-3-0 in their last 10 games, scoring 31 goals and letting in 27.

j) Macenauer has a 2 game goal scoring streak.

k) Dumont has a 2 game point streak going and has 1 goal and 3 assists in his last 5 games. Dumont had 50 penalty minutes in his first 16 games but has gone 14 straight games without taking one.

l) Tangradi and Sorkin have 2 game point streaks currently with each of them picking up 2 assists over that span.

m) Hamilton has scored 5 goals in each of their last 2 wins. When the Bulldogs scores 3 or more goals in a game, their record is 12-1-1-0 scoring 61 goals while giving up just 34.

6  A look at the 3 stars of the game:

1st star: Jake Dowell of Hamilton with 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 shots and a +1 rating – would have been my pick.

2nd star: Greg Rallo of  Texas with 1 goal, 3 shots and a -2 rating – wouldn’t have been my pick. I would have picked Davis Drewiske of the Bulldogs with 2 assists, 1 shot and a +3 rating.

3rd star: Darren Dietz of Hamilton with 1 goal, 1 shot and a +1 rating – wouldn’t have been my pick. I would have picked Dustin Tokarski who stopped 29 of 31 shots including 14 of 15 in the third period.

Premium player of the game went to Greg Pateryn of the Bulldogs with 1 assist, 1 shot and a +2 rating – wouldn’t have been my pick. I would have picked Gabriel Dumont with 1 assist, 5 shots and a +2 rating.

It was the 2nd of 4 games between the two teams this season with the Bulldogs holding a 1-1-0-0 record with 2 games to go in the season series, scoring 6 goals while giving up 4.

9 Dustin Tokarski would make 29 saves while Davis Drewiske and Jake Dowell tallied 2 points each to lead Hamilton to a 5-2 victory over the Texas Stars in front of 2,742 fans at the Coliseum formerly known as Copps.

Darren Dietz with a shot from the point beats Jack Campbell at 5:05 of the first to put the Dogs up 1-0. Christian Thomas and Nick Sorkin would get the assists.

Connor Crisp tipped a point shot from Davis Drewiske past Stars goalie Jack Campbell at 10:04 of the second to pick up his first of the year putting the Dogs up 2-0. Jake Dowell would pick up the other assist.

Just ten seconds later, Jason Dowling would make it a 2-1 game with Derek Hulak and Matt Mangene drawing the assists on the play.

Jake Dowell buried a shorthanded goal on a breakaway at 2:51 of the third putting the Dogs up 3-1. Gabriel Dumont would get the lone assist.

Maxime Macenauer would score his fourth of the year at 7:39 of the third putting the Bulldogs up by three with Greg Pateryn getting the only assist on the play.

Greg Rallo would make it a two-goal game scoring on the power play with just under seven minutes to go in the game. Curtis McKenzie and Derek Meech would get the helpers.

Drayson Bowman potted the empty netter at 17:36 of the third to seal the deal making it 5-2 Bulldogs. Eric Tangradi and Davis Drewiske would get the assists.

Dustin Tokarski stopped 29 of 31 shots to pick up his first win of the season while Jack Campbell would stop 22 of 26 in a losing cause. Final score: 5-2 Bulldogs. Next game for the Bulldogs will be December 26th in Toronto where they take on the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum.


Photo by Ashlee



10  A few quick observations from the Dog pound:

1st period

  • Bulldogs 6-3 on the shot clock and 1-0 on the scoreboard at the 10 minute mark.
  • Dogs were 5-4 on the shot clock in the final 10 minutes.
  • Good period by the Bulldogs controlled the play untill they ran into penalty trouble.

2nd period

  • First half of the period 6-3 Bulldogs on the shot clock and 0-0 goals.
  • Carr misses on a breakaway.
  • Second half of the period 6-5 Stars on the shot clock 1-1 goals.
  • Pretty even period, good end to end action.

3rd period

  • First half of the period 6-4 on the shot clock Stars and 2-0 on the scoreboard Bulldogs.
  • Dowell with a shorty.
  • Second half of the period 9-1 Stars on the shot clock and 1-1 on the score board.
  • This period was a strange one as Hamilton scored 3 goals on just 5 shots.
  • Bulldogs spent almost half the period killing penalties and gave up 1 power play goal.
  • Just in this period Hamilton had 33 minutes in penalties to Dallas’s 9.

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Crisp vs. Stransky – not much of a fight, Crisp had him on the ice quickly and he was sticking up for Thomas who was leveled but no call was made on that play.



Hamilton played an overall solid game. They ran into a little penalty trouble in the third period but held on and capitalized on their chances. Their PK units did a great job stopping Texas 6 of 7 times they were shorthanded and they even scored a goal. The power play is another story, they haven’t scored a goal in their last 2 games going 0 for 4 tonight and 0 for 6 over the two game span.

Good to see players sticking up for one another both Crisp and Finley wanted a piece of Stransky for levelling Thomas. Finley’s bench presence has impressed me lately, he’s constantly yelling at guys to keep their heads up or times up on a PP or PK. Showing his veteran leadership.

Drewiske had a good game but was overlooked in the 3 star selection.

Good to see the old Greg Pateryn of last year, not the early season version.

Now the big question: WHERE IS MAGNUS NYGREN and WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU? The Bulldogs are keeping quiet regarding the Swedish blue liner. Definitely concerning as time goes on without any update.

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