Week 11 would see the Bulls host The Niagara Icedogs on Wednesday, then travel to Peterborough for their 1st meeting of the year with the Petes. Finishing at home on Saturday night Vs the Kingston Frontenacs.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 Vs The Niagara Icedogs
Belleville defeated the visiting Icedogs 6-2. This was an big win because the Bulls have struggled against the Icedogs in the last couple years, this was their 1st victory Vs the Icedogs in their last 11 tries. Belleville got goals from 6 different players, starting with rookie Chad Heffernan who scored his 1st career OHL goal at 4:05 of the first period with Jordan and Malcolm Subban (BOS) picking up the assists. Next it was Joseph Cramarossa (ANA) with his 4th from Jordan Subban. Followed by Scott Simmonds with his 2nd from Adam Bignell to give the Bulls a 3-0 lead after 20 minutes.
19 seconds in to the second frame Bulls fans were hoping that the habit of giving up leads wasn't going to raise its ugly head as the Niagara power play scored. The Icedogs big line got the goal Brett Ritchie (DAL) scored his 22nd from Ryan Strome (NYI) and Mitchell Theoret (NYI). Before the second would end Theoret would add an other goal for the Icedogs to cut the lead to 3-2, but the home team wanted this game and on the power play Buffalo Sabres draft pick Brady Austin scored his 1st of the year from Jordan Subban and Carter Sandlak.
As far as scoring goes the third period belonged to the Bulls Micheal Curtis potted his 6th from Jake Cardwell and Stephen Silas and Austen Brassard (WPG) also added his 6th from Joe Cramarossa and Silas. Belleville would win 6-2.
This Game seen the good the bad and the Ugly for the Bulls,
The Good: A victory over the Icedogs.... 6 different players score.... Hefferenan's 1st OHL goal, Jordan Subban had 3 assists, Bulls blue line puts up 8 points, both Joesph Cramarossa (1G 1A) and Stephen Silas (2A) had multi point games, Cramarossa Sr's goal was his 1st in 7 games, Austen Brassard's goal was his 1st in 12 games. Malcolm Subban was strong making 31 saves on 33 shots. Bulls power play was 1/4 and any time the Bulls man advantage works that's a good thing, the penalty kill was 5/6 only giving up 1 goal to the Icedogs who's power play isn't ranked as high as you would think with their big guns but its still dangerous.
The Bad : The bad happened before this game , it happened on Oct 11th when GM Burnett was forced to trade second year forward Mack Lemmon to the Icedogs. Trading Lemmon had little to do with the type of player Mack is or is going to become, In Burnett's words it was about "giving a quality young man who is deserving of a better opportunity than the one we can provide him at the present time". In the two games that Lemmon has played Vs Belleville since the trade he has been real effective. Mack does his job real well, both times he has been able to knock a pretty disciplined bulls team off their game. He is one of those players that you hate to play against, but love to have in you lineup.
The Ugly: the ugly starts with Mack Lemmon as well. saying that, what happened Wednesday night in Belleville can not be blamed on Mack Lemmon, he was doing his job, and playing the style that has made him successful. My question is why in a 6-2 game with 45 seconds left is a player that plays the style that Mack does on the ice ? Bulls players and Lemmon started the chirping last Friday in Niagara and it carried over to this game you could feel that something was going to happen and it did. for what ever reason Icedogs Coach Marty Williamson sent Lemmon over the boards with less then a minute left and he went looking for action. Williamson knows what Lemmon does and that he wants to show up his former club why send him out there ? I heard the argument that you can't keep sending the big guns out, and I get that you don't want them getting injured or suspended but in a 6-2 game with less then a minute why send your agitator ? there are other options. Lemmon was dumped in to the Bulls bench by Brassard and while on the bench Lemmon is engaged by Carter Sandlak. at this point Sandlak is ripped away by teammates and coaching staff. Lemmon attempts to return to the ice but because of a huge scrum in front of the Belleville bench he can't return before dusting it up with an other Bull Austen Brassard who is on the ice, so Lemmon and Brassard are fighting with Lemmon on the bulls Bench and Brassard on the Ice. and while this is happening Jake Cardwell feels the need to jump in and gets called for being the 3rd man in. Out of all this Austen Brassard was suspended for 4 games with the 1st 2 games being automatic for receiving an instigator penalty in the last 5 minutes and the next 2 for bad choices that I'm sure he knew he made, and Jake Cardwell for 2 games for being the third man. Icedogs rookie Aaron Haydon was lucky not to get the same as Cardwell as he was also given a 3rd man in penalty at the same time as Cardwell. Bulls Carter Sandlak was very lucky to not get any games for his actions. I don't feel that Lemmon deserved any games he was doing his job and has to fight back , from my view it was the Bulls players that engaged him, not that he wasn't a pain all night but that's his role. I think coach Williamson should take some blame, it hard to control players emotions on the ice , but its not hard to control emotion by keeping emotionally charged players on the bench in games that are all but over.
Bulls : PP 1/4, PK 5/6
3 Stars: 1- BEL Jordan Subban (3 A), 2- BEL Joseph Cramarossa (1G 1A), 3- BEL Chad Heffernan (1 G)
Thursday, November 29, 2012 @ The Peterborough Petes
This Thursday was the first meeting between these two East division rivals. the game went to a shoot out and for the 1st time this season Belleville was on the losing end as the Petes won just their sixth game of the season 4-3. In the first period it was the Bulls who scored first when Daniil Zharkov carried the puck in from the red line and beat Petes goalie Michael Giugovaz for his 7th of the year from Brendan Gaunce and Micheal Curtis at 4:20, The Petes answered real quick, 40 seconds later at 5:00, Stephen Pierog (3) beat Charlie Graham with Greg Betzold and Derek Mathers getting helpers. Peterborough did stop there just over a minute later at 6:07 the Petes scored again to take a 2-1 lead, This time it was Francis Menard with 12th from Clark Seymour and Alan Quine. The 1st period ended with the Petes leading the Bulls 2-1 despite the fact that Belleville was out shooting the Petes 11-6.
In the second the Bulls also out shot the Petes 17-8. Joseph Cramarossa (ANA) tied the game at 8:17 with his 5th from Brady Austin (BUF). a habit that the Bulls seems to have is giving up a goal shortly after scoring and at 9;40 Pierog buried his 2nd of the game and 4th of the season with Betzold adding his 2nd assist of the night and Slater Koekkoek (Tampa Bay). to give the home town Petes a 3-2 lead. Bulls added an other goal in the period when Brady Austin(2) scored shorthanded from Micheal Curtis to tie the game.
There was no scoring in the 3rd or in OT. Charlie Graham had to be sharp in the 3rd he made 14 saves and 4 more in over time. The 14 shots in the third doubled the Petes out put from the first two periods. Belleville was only able to muster 5 shots in the final frame and one in OT. In the shoot out Peterborough got goals from Alan Quine and Nick Ritchie, Graham stopped Francis Menard. For Belleville Jordan Subban scored the lone goal with Curtis and Joesph Cramarossa being stopped . Petes win 4-3
Bulls PP 01, PK 2/2
3 Stars: 1- PBO Stephen Pierog (2 G), 2- BEL Michael Curtis (2 A), 3- Alan Quine (1 A)
Saturday, December 1, 2012 Vs The Kingston Frontenacs
On Saturday night the Bulls honoured Stephen Silas before the game for becoming the franchises all time leader in games played. It was a nice ceremony with Stephen's parents, owner Gord simmonds and the man that Silas passed Geoff killing joining him on the ice.
Belleville would start Malcolm Subban and Kingston would answer with Mike Morrison. in the last two games that the Bulls and Fronts have played Subban and Morrison have stole the show. Subban posted a 1-0 shut out win on Oct 27th in Belleville and Morrison answered with a 2-0 shut out victory on Nov 9th in Kingston. Between them the made 130 saves in those games. Well Saturday night wasn't a shut out with the Fronts winning 3-1, but both Subban and Morrison did there part. Malcolm made 39 saves on 41 shots. But this game belonged to Morrison he made 42 saves and for my money was the games 1st start..
Kingston scored the games 1st goal on the power play when Henri Ikonen passed to Spencer Watson who dished the puck cross-crease to Sam Bennett who score his 8th goal of the season at 9:37.It was Teddy Bear night in Belleville and Brendan Gaunce scored this years Teddy Bear goal. It was the Captain's 8th goal of the season with Joseph Cramarossa and Aaron Berisha assisting.
That was it for the Bulls, as Mike morrison was as good as I've seen him be. The game winner was also scored on the power play by former Wellington Duke Darcy Greenaway (17) from Mikko Vainonen. Billy Jenkins (12) would score an empty net goal to seal the deal making 3-1 at 18:36.
Bulls PP 0/3, PK 2/4
3 Stars : 1- BEL Aaron Berisha (1 A), 2- BEL Joseph Cramarossa (1 A), 3- KGN Mike Morrison (42 SVS).
This isn't a knock at Aaron Berisha because all season I've mentioned how good I think he is and is going to be, and this game was no different be played a good game and I thought he fit in on a line with Gaunce but Mike Morrison was the games 1st Star.
Notes: Jake Worrad has missed the last 5 games with an upper body injury, Danill Zharkov missed Saturdays game with a hand injury......Joesph Cramarossa is on a four game point streak (2 G, 3 A)...Brady Austin has two goals so far this season the 1st one was on the power play and the 2nd is a short handed marker.....Malcolm Subban has been invited to Team Canada's selection camp for the up coming World Junior tournament. Subban has been very good this year for the Bulls he has a 2.23 GAA along with a .932 save percentage. He holds the low scoring Bulls in games and is a big reason why the Bulls PK unit has been ranked near the top of the league and have only gave up a OHL best 70 goals. This summer Subban played in the Canada-Russia Challenge and won both of his starts and was in goal for the overtime session to decide the series champion and had a very nice 2.00 GAA. He's 5-0 in the shoot out and will challenge for the starters role.... This week the Bulls will host the Petes on Wednesday night and then travel to Kitchener and Owen Sound.