Categories
Hamilton Bulldogs

Hamilton Bulldogs Commit To Rebuild

The Hamilton Bulldogs entered the second half of the 2022-23 Ontario Hockey League season hoping to rebuild the franchise and win another OHL championship.

As of January 12, the Bulldogs are seventh in the Eastern Conference, however they are only two points ahead of eighth-place Sudbury and four points ahead of their archrival Oshawa Generals.

Regardless of their ranking, the Bulldogs’ path to successfully defending their title appears to be more tough. In the weeks building up to last Monday’s trade deadline, top Eastern Conference teams Peterborough, Ottawa, Barrie, and North Bay made crucial acquisitions in preparation for a long playoff run.

Hamilton lacked the necessary resources and draught stock to be competitive, having given up a big amount of their draft cupboard to acquire Arber Xhexaj and Mason McTavish for their eventual championship run. Standing pat with the returning core from last season would have had serious implications for their future.

With that in mind, Bulldogs General Manager Matt Turek and management made the decision to build the groundwork for the future by selling many key pieces for higher-level talent and restocking their draught.

In the ten-day span, Turek traded Ryan Humphrey, Ryan Winterton, Avery Hayes, Gavin White, Brendan Anderson, and team captain Logan Morrison. In exchange, the Bulldogs acquired Luca Testa, Carson Lloyd, Nick Lardis, Sahil Panwar, Ben Bujold, and Cedricson Okitundu, as well as seven draught picks from 2023 to 2026.

For the remainder of the season, I expect the Bulldogs to remain competitive and pursue a playoff spot. With the two-year temporary relocation pending, Bulldogs fans must respect the process and continue to support the team through this important time in their history.

Categories
2021 Hamilton Bulldogs Hamilton Bulldogs

Bulldogs Season Schedule Revealed

The Ontario Hockey League and the Hamilton Bulldogs unveiled their 2021-22 season schedule Tuesday afternoon.

The schedule features a full slate of 68 games, mostly playing within the conference, and some intra-conference tilts against teams within the geographical region. Beginning October 8, the Bulldogs start their sixth season in Oshawa taking on their rival Generals. Hamilton returns to the Hammer the following night (October 9) to face the Barrie Colts at the FirstOntario Centre.

Another notable game to watch will be the return of School Day game, when the Bulldogs host the Mississauga Steelheads on March 3. The regular season concludes April 3 at home ice against the Peterborough Petes.

Season tickets are on sale now via Hamilton Bulldogs website. For more information on the schedule, go to the following link…. Bulldogs 2021 Schedule

Categories
2016-2017 Hamilton Bulldogs Hamilton Bulldogs

Barrie Colts 2 Hamilton Bulldogs 3

The Hamilton Bulldogs didn’t play their good style of hockey tonight. But they pulled it off in a semi-ugly fashion as they defeated the Barrie Colts 3-2.

Offense

The Bulldogs offensive unit were in “high noon” mode in the first eight minutes of the contest, scoring two goals in the process. However, despite the very good performance in the first twenty, the team stalled in the middle frame, and large part of the third, as they couldn’t shoot effectively despite the overwhelming number of shots. Furthermore, Barrie kept the pressure at their attack zone for most of that period, and eventually fought back to tie the game at two going into the third. 

Marian Studenic scored two goals and one assist, including the eventual game winner in the third, and was rewarded the first star of the game for his performance. Best performance I have seen him in his first year in the OHL. Brandon Saigeon contributed two points (1 goal and 1 assist), and team captain Justin Lemcke helped out with two valuable assists as well.

Defense and Goaltending

For the large part, the Bulldogs defense and goaltending of Dawson Carty was good tonight, especially in the final few minutes. They allowed only single digit shots in all three periods. Their scheme was very effective, and they did a very good job maintaining discipline. However, there were some shaky moments by Carty, but maintained great composure down the stretch.

Special Teams

In regards to the power play, the Bulldogs capitalized on their most of the oppurtunities in this game. They were 2/3 with the man advantage. On the contary to the penalty kill, Hamilton was above average in their four sessions in this game. In the late stages of the third period, however, they played their best PK of the year (in my opinion) when they had to minimize the Barrie extra attacker along with the man advantage for 90 seconds of the two minutes on the PK.
The Hamilton Bulldogs host Niagara IceDogs on Saturday and travel to Oshawa to take on the Eastern Conference leading Generals.

Categories
2016-2017 Hamilton Bulldogs Hamilton Bulldogs

Barrie Colts 2 Hamilton Bulldogs 4

The Hamilton Bulldogs shook off tough start to propel the Colts with a strong second period, to hold off the opposition 4-2.

Offense

The Hamilton offensive attack was at its endless barrage tonight. Once again, they provided multiple scoring chances, but managed to solve the Barrie netminder with three unanswered goals in the second period. Two of the elite forwards of the team, Will Bitten and Matthew Strome, provided the scoring punch, with Strome getting his first ever OHL hat trick. 

Matthew Crammerosa provided support, and was named third star of the game for his efforts. Strome and Bitten were first and second stars of the game respectively. Rookie forward Marian Studenic was the recipient of the Hardest Working Bulldog of the night, as he showed efficient skill with the tenacity to provide oppurtunities to score.

As the game went along, the passing of the puck was much better in both second and third than the opening twenty. The finesse around the net was bit overwhelming though, as their decision making early on was average, given the number of oppurtunities around the vincinity of the Barrie Colts net.

Defense and Goaltending

Overall, the Hamilton Bulldogs defense was good, but not crisp in this game. The discipline was shaky (several minor committed penalties weren’t necessary) as well the coverage of the ice had its errors. 

Fortunately, the Hamilton netminder, Dawson Carty, was again great in between the pipes. He salvaged the defense with multiple timely saves, and had a quality performance.  

Give credit to guys like Nikki Petti and Stephen Templeton for standing ground for the club, and took the bait the right way. Hamilton clearly intimated and made Barrie look like fools.

Special Teams

Great job by the Bulldogs penalty kill unit in this game. Defenseman Cole Candella was the most notable defender in all of the penalty kills, as he dumped the puck out of harms way during the times Hamilton was down a man (best performance of the year). Overall, the Bulldogs PK cleared all seven attempts tonight without conceding a goal. 

Although the power play was not much of a factor to oversee, they managed to score once on just their three attempts. 

In all, the PK played a monumental factor in the outcome of this game.
The Hamilton Bulldogs hosts the Kingston Frontenacs this Saturday. Both teams are currently deadlocked in points as far as the Eastern Conference is concerned.