Saturday, 12 April 2014

Hamilton Bulldogs 3, Rochester Americans 4 (SO)

Notes on tonight's Bulldogs game against the Rochester Americans:

Connor Crisp "best player on the ice for the Bulldogs" according to the radio broadcast team.

Brady Vail didn't play, apparently injured, Morgan Ellis a healthy scratch, among others.

Darren Dietz still has an injured hamstring, out for the season.

Jack Nevins first point as pro, picked up in a goalmouth scramble that Nattinen cashed in.

Gabriel Dumont scores on a 2-on-1 with Justin Courtnall, he uses the latter as a decoy and shoots, beats the Americans' goalie, ties it up at 3-3.  Louis Leblanc picks up on assist.

Mr. Dumont went up against Don Cherry wet dream subject Mike Zygomanis, trying to get him to atone for spearing Sven Andrighetto.  The 6 foot 200 pounder refused Gabriel's invitation to fight.  The Bulldog, uh, bulldog picked up a double minor in the deal.

I think Gabriel Dumont can play the role of a cost-effective Brian Gionta next season.  Half the point production, all the effort and determination, more toughness, at 10% of the cost.

Nathan Beaulieu playing on a pair with Davis Drewiske.  Both are lefties, yet they seem to be a pairing that the Bulldogs plays regularly.  Nathan has the puck on his stick a lot, draws a tripping penalty midway through the third.

"Crisp and Sorkin have been eye-openers tonight Derek (Wills)!"

Nick Sorkin had a good late shift in the third with Sven Andrighetto and Christian Thomas, wheeling around the opposition zone with the puck, dekeing out defenders and taking the puck to the net for a close call.

Game goes to overtime.  Good end-to-end action, good chances to end the game on both sides.


Sven Andrighetto shoots, glove save.  Americans score, nice deke.

Gabriel Dumont races in, brakes, saved five-hole.  Joel Armia scores.

Patrick Holland dekes, saved by Andrei Makarov.  Americans score again, no need for the next two round of shootout.

Americans win 4-3.  Apparently they scored a couple of flukey goals after the Bulldogs had opened the score, and went out to a 3-1 lead.

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