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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.

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Bulldogs Thrash IceDogs

Ryan Winterton’s five-point performance propelled the Bulldogs to a 6-2 win over the arch rival Niagara IceDogs.

FIRST PERIOD

The opening period saw both sides control the pace, with both getting quality chances. Hamilton struck first on the powerplay at the 3:05 mark as Ryan Winterton scored his first of the year off the rebound and went past IceDogs netminder Josh Rosenzweig. Ryan Humphrey and newly-acquired Amber Xhekaj received the assists.

Bulldogs’ starting netminder Matteo Drobac had a great first period and the defence stood tall despite being outshot 11-8 in the opening frame.

SECOND PERIOD

It was all Bulldogs in the middle frame. The barrage started at the 4:29 mark as newcomer Mason McTavish hustled down to pass to Jan Mysak for his 18th of the season. It was McTavish’s first point as a Bulldog. Winterton also received an assist.

McTavish wasn’t done as he scored his first goal with the Bulldogs after shooting a rocket one-timer past Rosenzweig for a 3-0 Hamilton lead. Mysak and Winterton received the assists.

The IceDogs looked to get back into the game, but the Bulldogs’ Drobac kept the door shut with a terrific save on Brice Cooke. The Bulldogs kept pouring on the score chart at 15:32 as George Diaco finished off the beautiful tic-tac-toe sequence set up by Patrick Thomas and Winterton.

Drobac continued his fine performance by stopping former Bulldog Liam Van Loon on a breakaway. On the powerplay late in the period, Logan Morrison scored on a terrific pass by Diaco to give the Bulldogs a 5-0 lead into the intermission. With the secondary assist, Winterton registered his fifth point of the game.

THIRD PERIOD

A milder final frame came as both teams exchanged goals. Daniil Gushchin ended Drobac’s shutout bid at the 3:10 mark by shooting the puck point blank past the Hamilton netminder. Morrison responded for the Bulldogs at the 8:40 mark after receiving a nice pass from Mysak for a 6-1 lead. Noah Roberts also received credit for the assist. The IceDogs cut the lead to 6-2 at the 12:38 mark as Juan Copeland scored on a wide-open breakaway shot, fooling Drobac.

With the win, the Bulldogs take over first place in the Eastern Division. Next game for the Bulldogs is Friday night as they pay a visit to Oshawa to take on the Oshawa Generals.

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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

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Hamilton Bulldogs 5 Oshawa Generals 1

The Bulldogs delivered a commending performance in Oshawa as they beat the top ranked conference leaders 5-1.

Offence

Hamilton managed to score at every period, with majority of goals came in the second and third period alone. Forwards Will Bitten led the team in scoring with two goals and one assist, while Matt Luff (2 assists) led the supporting contributors in the game. Matthew Strome, Zackary Jackson and Luke Kutkevicius also scored for the Bulldogs. 

The team managed a lot of shots at every period. They overwhelmed the Oshawa defense with a plethora of scoring chances, especially in the first period. 

Defense and Goaltending

The defense and goaltending performance of this squad was both gutsy and commendable. The defensive unit had a strong outing, containing the Oshawa attack with near perfect success. In the third period, the Bulldogs managed to contain the Oshawa offensive unit to just six shots in goal, despite giving up a combined 25 shots in the first two periods. Discipline was good, as well as shutting down Oshawa when it needed the most.

Goaltender Dawson Carty had another solid showing in between the pipes in this game. He stopped 30 shots, with several great saves and a good poke checking. He has started to become a beneficial insurance asset for the Bulldogs. 
Special Teams

It was another great performance in both units of special teams for the Bulldogs. In the penalty kill, the squad showed effective tactics and they complicated the power play unit of Oshawa in all of the outings in this game. 

The Bulldogs had a great showing in the power play as well. They produced multiple oppurtunities at their attacking zone, eventually scoring a goal in their four tries in this game.
The Bulldogs faces off against the Ottawa 67’s on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 PM. This game will be televised nationally on Sportsnet.

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Oshawa Generals 2 Hamilton Bulldogs 8

The Hamilton Bulldogs stormed out of the gate in the opening minutes, and never coughed the lead up as they dominated with a convincing 8-2 win over the mentally overwhelmed Oshawa Generals.


Offense

This was the best performance by the Bulldogs offense since October. Multiple players contributed at least one point. Forwards Michael Crammerosa, Matt Luff, and Will Bitten each contributed heavily with two goals each. The new top line of Petti-Luff-Bitten buried the Oshawa defense all game long.

Defense

Strong showing all around by the Hamilton Bulldogs defense. After the first period, they minimized the Oshawa offense to under ten shots a period. Kaden Fultcher had another quality performance in net, although he wasn’t really busy for majority of the game, but made some timely saves when needed to. The discipline was better this evening, although there were a couple of ten minute misconducts negated by the Bulldogs in the final frame.

Special Teams

Better job in both phases by the Bulldogs tonight. The penalty kill was in top form, even killing both five-on-three and a couple off minors in the second period. The power play was more effective tonight, as they shot the puck at the net more than being too conservative.
The Hamilton Bulldogs wrap up their week long honest and against the Niagara IceDogs tomorrow night.