Friday vs Grand Rapids
The Hamilton Bulldogs started off their weekend at home with a heart wrenching loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins. Sven Andrighetto would score with under a minute left in the game to save the Dogs from being shut out.
The first period would start off with a goal from Cory Emmerton at 8 minutes in to put the Griffins on the board. Emmerton’s first goal of the season would be assisted by Alexey Marchenko and Jeff Hoggan. They would score once more in the period from Calle Jarnkrok. Grand Rapids led 2-0 to end the first period.
Hamilton saw things fall apart in the second period after the Griffins would put in four goals under two minutes. The first would be from Andrej Nestrasil at 10:52. Jarnkrok’s second of the game and fifth of the season would follow before Mitch Callahan would toss one in as well.
It would be after three goals in a row for the Griffins that the Bulldogs would pull goaltender Robert Mayer and put in Dustin Tokarski. With no time to warm up, Tokarski would let a single goal in, which would be the last of the period and last from the Griffins through out the night.
Into the third period the Bulldogs were down 6-0. Not only were the fans upset with the score… but the refs weren’t helping either with a couple of questionable calls. The amount of frustration in the arena was rather intense, as you could feel it from not only the players and coaches but from fans as well. At 19:05 rookie, Sven Andrighetto would toss one in to save the Dogs from shut out, but wouldn’t do much else.
As for the goaltending, Mayer would make a total of 9 saves, while Tokarski would stop 7. Grand Rapids goaltender Petr Mrazek stopped a total of 30 shots.
Hamilton would rack up a total of 28 minutes in the box compared to the Griffins 26. Both teams would only capitalize on one power play each.
At the end of three it would be 6-1 for the Grand Rapid Griffins. Hamilton would have a night off, before hosting the comets in a Sunday evening game.
Sunday vs Utica
The Hamilton Bulldogs came off of a pretty tough loss to the Griffins Friday night, while Utica was coming off of their first win of the season. After Sunday evenings match up… Utica collected their second straight win… and second of the season.
The Bulldogs came out strong in the first period and outplayed Utica immensely. With more than half way through the first the Comets had still only managed just two shots on net, compared to Hamilton’s 10. There would be no goals in the first, but the Bulldogs looking promising.
The first goal would come early in the second period, but not the way that you’d think. An ugly goal would send the crowd into Boo’s and rants as the comets too the one point edge. It wasn’t until just under a minute left in the period when Sven Andrighetto would connect with Mike Blunden and Martin St.Pierre for his sixth goal of the season. End of the second and it was all tied up at 1.
Into the third Utica would score early yet again after Alexandre Grenier would put his third of the season in past Tokarski to take the lead once again for the comets. Hamilton continued to fight in attempt to get the goal back and tie it up once again. With just over a minute left goaltender Dustin Tokarski was pulled from the net for the extra man.
With the empty net, Utica fired a few shots down.. Although the Bulldogs got lucky a few times with the comets slightly missing the net… their luck would run out as Colin Stuart fired one down the ice for an empty netter bringing Utica to a 3-1 win.
After this weekend the Bulldogs have dropped their last four games moving them to third place in the North Division under the Toronto Marlies and Rochester Americans. They will host the Americans Wednesday morning at 10am in hopes to end their streak for a sold out crowd.
Both Tokarski and Utica’s Joacim Eriksson would make 30 stops a piece through out the night. As for penalties, both teams would spend less than 10 minutes total in the box… with no power play goals.