Week Six would see the Bulls host The Mississauga Steelheads on Wednesday night and East Division rival The Kingston Frontenacs on Saturday Night.
The Bulls found out earlier in the week that Captain Brendan Gaunce (VAN) and goaltender Malcolm Subban (BOS) had been selected to play for Team OHL when it squares off with the Russian National Junior Team on November 8th in Guelph in Game One of the OHL portion of the Subway Super Series. Bulls will also be represented on the Russia Team on November 8th, Import Daniil Zharkov (EDM) has been named to Team Russia. Former Belleville Bulls defence man Alex Basso now of the Sarnia Sting will also suit up for Team OHL.
That was the good news, now the bad news. Belleville will be with out Captain Brendan Gaunce for the next 3 to 6 weeks. the Vancouver Canucks 1st round pick in the 2012 entry draft suffered a second degree shoulder separation late in the third period in Friday's (Oct 19) 3-2 loss to the Sudbury Wolves. Before the Bulls left for Northern Ontario, there was talk that Gaunce wouldn't make the trip and was a game time decision Vs the Soo Thursday night, no one from the Bulls has said that the two are related. With the injury Gaunce will most likely miss the Super Series, it also leaves a big hole in the Bulls line up, Brendan is one of the Bulls top penalty killers and is one of if not the offencive leader on a Bulls Team that doesn't score a lot.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 Vs the Mississauga Steelheads
Wednesday night was not kind to the Belleville Bulls, with only 1846 fans at the Yardman Former Bulls player, and Head Coach James Boyd now the GM and Head Coach in Mississauga handed the Bulls their worst lose on the season 6-1. Mississauga exposed ever weakness that Belleville has, they the Bulls, hardly looked like a contender.
The game started OK with Belleville getting on the score board 1st when Daniil Zharkov (EDM) tipped in his 4th on the year from Stephen Silas and Joseph Cramarossa (ANA). Belleville out shot the Steelheads 10-3 in the first period and at one point out shooting the visitors 8-0. Even with only 3 shots on goals the Steelheads were able to get one past Bulls back up Charlie Graham making his 2nd start of the season. Stuart Percy (TOR) put home his 4th of the year from Riley Brace and Dylan DeMelo (SJS) at 16:36 on the PP. The 1st ended tied 1-1.
After the 1st it was all Mississauga, they dominated Belleville in every aspect of the game they won every battle, every race and were the by far the better team. Mississauga came in with some of the worst special teams in the OHL, well you wouldn't have known it they went 3/3 on the PP and were a perfect 4/4 on the penalty kill. You know the Bulls are off there game when they give up 3 power play goals, before this game they had only given up 3 power play goals in total all season. Mississauga did all the scoring in the 2nd getting goals from Damian Bourne his 1st in the OHL from Kristoff Kontos. Riley Brace scored his 6th on the PP from DeMelo and Percy with each player picking up their 2nd point of the night and 2nd each on the power play. On a goal I'm sure Charlie Graham would like back at 18:54 Lucas Venuto fired home his 1st in the OHL from Josh Burnside. The Steelheads out shot the Bulls 17-10 in the middle frame and after 40 minutes lead 4-1.
The Bulls tried some different things to get it going, both Joseph Cramarossa (in the 1st) and Garrett Hooey (in the 2nd) used there 2nd fight ticket of the season, it didn't work ether time. Cramarossa got the take down but his fight with Spenser Cobbold was a draw. Hooey picked a fight with Trevor Carrick and to be honest Carrick starting throwing bombs so fast that it was over before Garrett even threw a punch. Coach Burnett tried shuffling his lines, he tried OA D-Man Jason Shaw at forward but nothing worked, Belleville couldn't mount any kind of attack.
To start the 3rd the Bulls even turned to Malcolm Subban (BOS) giving Charlie Graham the hook. But it didn't matter, Charlie gave up 4 goals on 20 shots and Malcolm gave up 2 goals on 12 shots. Brett Foy scored at 0:36 beating Subban on just the second shot he faced for his 4th from Ryan Duhaime and Alex Cord to make it 5-1. For good measure the the Steelheads add a power play goal at 13:23 by Cobbold his 3rd from Bourne and Cord. The Steelheads lay-ed a Major beating on the Bulls at home beating them 6-1 and out shooting them 32-26.
This game has to be an eye opener for the Bulls. the Bulls are a good team when they play their game, they are a deep team with loads of great 2nd and 3rd line players and some nice pieces for a good 1st line. With Brendan Gaunce out, it will really hurt Belleville on the offencive side of the puck, but even with with him they need a finisher a big flashy 50 goal guy or a 100 point guy would be nice. but not many teams are willing to part with those type of players. The Bulls last 50 goal /100 point guy was Tyler Donati in 2006-2007. Now I'm not saying you can't win with 3 or 4, 25 to 40 goal guys the Bulls teams from 2007 to 2009 proved you can. But it would be nice to have a big finisher might help put some more fans in the stands too.
Saturday, October 27, 2012 Vs The Kingston Frontenacs
After getting embarrassed on Wednesday by the Steelheads, the Bulls where pumped up for division rivals the Kingston Frontenacs. The game wasn't filled with scoring. Austen Brassard scored the only goal at 16:29 from Carter Sandlak and Bulls leading scoring Jordan Subban. The goal stood as the winner and was Brassard's team leading 5th of the season. Jordan Subban's assist was his 13th point in 13 games and he continues to lead the team in points. Frontenacs goalie Mike Morrison was very good stopping 36 shots, he was particularly sharp late in the game. At the other end of the ice Malcolm Subban (BOS) started very strong and carried it through the whole game. Malcolm made 31 saves and recorded his 1st shut out of the season. The SO gives Subban 4 for his OHL career and moves him in to 4th on the Bulls all time SO list. Only Kory Copper (6), Kevin Lalande (7) and Mike Murphy (8) are ahead of him. Belleville played a nice grind it out kind of game and if not for the fine work of Morrison they would have scored a few more. He stopped both Garrett Hooey and Brassard on break aways in the game. Bulls rookie Daniel De Sousa played Forward and looked good on a line with Scott Simmonds and Chad Heffernan. Bulls PP went 0/2 and is now ranked 12th in the OHL working at 18.9% and the PK went 3/3, and is ranked 3rd in the OHL running at a 85.4% clip.
3 Stars - 1- BEL Malcolm Subban, 2- KGN Mike Morrison, 2- BEL Austen Brassard.
Notes : Before the Kingston game the Bulls traded sophomore forward Alex Carnevale to the Sarnia Sting. In exchange, Sarnia sends Niagara's fifth round selection in 2013 back to Belleville. The trade is very similar to the Mack Lemmon trade, a second year player stuck on a very deep veteran team where he and his people felt that he wasn't getting or going to get the chance he needed to progress his career and they might be right.. Carnevale will be missed he was a engery guy who could lay the body and create scoring chances, Alex is young and was originally Belleville’s 3rd round selection (47th overall) in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection. With Lemmon and Carnevale now traded that trims the Bulls roster to 22, with thirteen forwards, seven defencemen and two goaltenders. It also leaves the Bulls with only three players from the thier 2011 draft Class. They are Charlie Graham, Jordan Subban, and Aaron Berisha.
Bulls Alumni: Former Bulls player, Assistant Coach and Head Coach James Boyd is now the GM and Head Coach of Mississauga Steelheads, is joined by former Bulls Goalie Kory Copper who is the Steelheads Goalie Coach. Former Bull and Belleville native Tyson Teichmann was the back up for Mississagua. This isn't the 1st time James Boyd has been a Steelhead. Himself and an other Bulls Alumni Ian Kieller were extras on the Canadian TV series, Power Play, the name of the fictional NHL team on the series was the Hamilton Steelheads.
Belleville is on the road this week with stops in London, Saginaw and Windsor.