Game Notes From The Dog Pound: Griffins 5 Bulldogs 1

Here are some comments and observations from the Bulldogs vs. Griffins game at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton on Feb. 1.

Photo: Ashlee Wood

Photo: Ashlee Wood

Will the real Ceddy please come home? After breaking a 0-9-2 streak just before the All-Star break, Ceddy came back with another rough outing. Just 1 minute and 22 seconds into the game, the very 1st shot on goal beats him for a 1-0 Griffins lead. Then, with 11 seconds left in the first, he gives up another goal that the defense should have stopped. On the play, Tatar comes from behind the net untouched and flips it over his shoulder – Dogs down 2-0. Ceddy goes on to give up 3 more goals over the next 2 periods on just 26 shots, Dogs lose 5-1. I don’t know if there’s one particular reason or a combination of things that have hurt his play this year. The early season injury, the rookie D, the team playing a new system or having a goaltending coach could all be factors. Let’s hope he finds his game soon, otherwise a long season will seem even longer with no playoffs again this year.

Now on to the PP: it is ranked dead last in the AHL going into last night’s game with a 10.1% success rate. Even with Leblanc moving back to the PP and Pateryn returning from injury it didn’t help much last night as they went 0 for 4 with the man advantage. I find they dump and chase too much, the opponent counters this by keeping a player deep who beats us to the puck and clears it. When they do get set up, it looks like they are afraid to shoot, like they’re looking for the perfect shot, sometimes hesitating and missing the opportunity altogether. On one of the power plays last night, they failed to record a shot on goal. If they want to start winning, they have to score on the PP with regularity, even strength goals are hard to come by for them.

A couple of bright spots from last night’s game were the play of Leblanc and St. Denis. Leblanc was a -1 with 3 shots on goal, earning him the premium player of the game. He looked like the Louie of old, it’s been a tough year for him with the injury and changing from center to wing. St. Denis with the lone Dogs goal had 3 shots on goal and was even for the game, earning him 3rd star of the game. What can you say about Freddy he plays in all situations whether it is PP, PK or even strength – he logs big minutes. Currently he is the only Dogs defenseman with a plus rating this season at a +1.

The Dogs may have lost the game but I’d say they won the fights. With less than 5 minutes left in the game, Dumont and Pare dropped the gloves with Dumont easily getting the best of him. Three minutes later everybody on the ice paired up except the goalies. Best pairing had to be Hagel and Parkes, I don’t know how Hagel didn’t knock him out. I would be surprised if no suspensions were handed out.

Update: Hagel was given a one game suspension

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