The Bulls came in to the weekend on a 3 game winning streak and had picked up 9 of the last 10 points. Belleville was looking to continue there fine play of late. It would start with a visit to the Soo to play the Greyhounds on Thursday night and a date with Wolves in Sudbury on Friday.
Thursday, October 18, 2012 @ The Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds
Thursday night in front of 3716 fans the Bulls won there 4th game in a row, 5-3 over the home town Greyhounds. Belleville played a good game, The hounds came hard at the Bulls but Belleville wasn't allowing the fans to ever really get in to the game taking the lead in the 1st period at 10:06 when Anaheim Ducks prospect Joseph Cramarossa scored his 2nd of the season from fellow overager Jason Shaw who took the initial shot and Captain Brendan Gaunce (Vancouver Canucks). Gaunce was a game time decision after tweaking something the Bulls were calling an upper body injury in practice. At one point it wasn't even a sure that he would make the trip north. With the assist the Markham native now has points in 6 straight games scoring 4 goals and gaining 3 assist on the streak. The 1st would end with Belleville leading 1-0 on the score board and 12-8 on the shot clock.
The 2nd period had a nice flow to it and the Toros took a 2 goal lead. Draft Eligible Import Sergey Kuptsov scored his 3rd from Jake Worrad at 9:08. At 10:34 OA Chris Buonomo who is playing his OA year with his home town Greyhounds after stops in Peterborough and Barrie netted his 1st of the season from Brandon Alderson and rookie Jared McCann . The home team wasn't done there they tied the game real soon after that goal at 11:50 when Swedish Import Michael Schumacher (Los Angles Kings) raced in to the goal mouth alone and netted his 6th from Belleville native Nick Cousins ( Philadelphia Flyers) and Dylan Staples. The Assists for Cousins was his 18th point on the season. The former Trenton Herc (OJHL) has been one of leading point producers in the OHL all season. Belleville also didn't wait long to answer back when they took the lead for good at 13:00 when leading scorer Jordan Subban scored his 2nd after Niki Petti won the draw back to Jake Worrad who feed Subban. Belleville would end the 2nd frame up 4-2 when Micheal Curtis (3) score on the PP from Worrad and J Subban on the Power play. The goal was the 1st Curtis had scored with a goalie in the net this season, his other 2 goals were empty net goals. The Greyhounds out shot the Bulls 13-11 in the frame.
In the third Belleville played well and tied a season high 5 goals when Niki Petti payed the price in front of the net and scored his 2nd on the season at 9:30 from Stephen Silas and Austen Brassard. Belleville would give up a late goal at 16:06 to Sergey Tolchinsky his 6th, but the Bulls would hang on to win 5-3. The Toros out shot the hounds 12-9 in the frame and 35-30 in the game. Belleville was 1/4 on the PP and 3/3 on the PK.
3 Stars - 1- BEL Jake Worrad (3A), 2- SSM Michael Schumacher (1G), 3- BEL Niki Petti (1G,1A). Malcolm Subban started for the Bulls and played good enough to pick up the win. Belleville's D-Man played well with Worrad picking up three apples and looking very well playing with Jordan Subban who had a goal and an assist.
Friday, October 19, 2012 @ The Sudbury Wolves
The Bulls would travel to the Nickel City Friday night and after what would be an embarrassing wait for the Sudbury rink crew of over an hour fixing a panel of glass. The Wolves would put the Bulls on the run back to the Friendly City ending Belleville's winning streak at 4 and handing the Bulls their 3rd regulation lose of the season in front of 3793, bringing Belleville's record to 7-3-1-0 good for 15 point putting them 2nd in the East Division and 4 in the Eastern Conference. Scoring for the Wolves were Brody Silk in the 1st, Nicholas Baptiste in the 2nd and Ray Huether with the winner in the third. For each Sudbury scorer it was thier 1st of the season and for Huether it was his 1st in the OHL.
For Belleville it was Jekyll and Hyde on the power play both of the Bulls goals where scored with the man advantage but Belleville didn't have much luck on thier 5 other chances, at times barely generating any shots. In the 1st it was Jordan Subban with a blast from the point with his 3rd from Sergey Kuptsov and Jake Worrad and in the 2nd Daniil Zharkov (Edmonton Oilers) also netted his 3rd from Jason Shaw and Stephen Silas. The Bulls were out shot by the Wolves in every period. 16-11 in the 1st, 13-8 in 3nd and 6-5 in the 3rd and 35-24 in the game. Malcolm Subban (Boston) wasn't bad for the Bulls, but Joel Vienneau was really good for the home team, Belleville had a number of scoring opportunity's and the Hearst Ontario native stood tall and just plan shut the door. Bulls PP went 2/7 and the PK was 3/3.
The home team sweep the 3 Stars 1- Brody Silk, 2- Joel Vienneau, 3- Jeff Corbett
Notes:I wasn't aware that the Wolves didn't have TV or radio coverage for every home game. I guess I just thought that every team in the league had one or both for every game. I wonder if that would work in Belleville, how many fans stay home or go to local Bars that play the games on TV ? Something is keeping the fans away ?.
On the radio side we are lucky in Belleville to have one of the OHL's best in Jack Miller. The "Voice" of the Bulls has been at the helm for all 32 years of Bulls hockey on CJBQ 800 AM. Some times doing both the play by play and the colour, he is a wealth of information about the Bulls. He has info and stats that if he didn't know them, none of us would, but it doesn't end with the Bulls its also about the OHL as a whole as he showed Friday night in the hour delay, when he didn't miss a beat giving us a very informative run down of the Sudbury Franchise.
- The Bulls are still leading the OHL in goals against with 24, Owen Sound is next with 26, next in the Eastern Conference is Brampton and Mississauga with 35. A lot of that is Malcolm Subban, the system that the Bulls play but the Bulls D-man have being playing real well. - PP is ranked 11th at 21.3% and the PK is ranked 1st in the OHL at 91.4%, Belleville has only gave up 3 power play goals on the season.
Bulls next game is at home on Wednesday the 24th Vs the Mississauga Steelheads