The Belleville Bulls are lucky, they don't have a lot of 3 games in 3 days weekends. Their schedule this season sees them only do it 3 times. The 1st two, last weekend and the weekend before produced the same results, with Belleville picking up 3 of a possible 6 points. This week seen the Bulls play in Kingston Friday night, host the Saginaw Spirit Saturday evening and travel to Ottawa Sunday Afternoon.
Friday, November 9, 2012 @ Kingston Frontenacs
Friday night the Bulls traveled to the Limestone City for the first time this season. This season the Bulls and Fronts have only played once so far with the only other game being a 1-0 Bulls win, in Belleville on October 27th. In that game it was the Malcolm Subban (Boston Bruins) and Mike Morrison Show, Friday night was the same but this time it was Mike Morrison getting the SO and the Frontenacs winning 2-0. Morrison stopped 28 shots for his 1st shut out of the season. At 15:15 of the 3rd period, the Kingston players gave Mike some breathing room when the pride of Savonlinna Finland, rookie Henri Ikonen scored his 5th of the season from some other rookies Spencer Watson and Sam Bennett.
Malcolm Subban was very good for the Bulls making 35 saves and held them in the game for as long as he could. Sam Bennett added his 6th an empty net goal at 19:19, to give to home team a 2-0 victory.
This game was seen by a K-Rock Center season high of 4273. They were loud and really in to the game, and they seen their young team beat one of the top teams in the East Eastern Conference and defeat one of the CHL's best goaltenders in Malcolm Subban. The hope is when these two rivals meet on December 1st in Belleville, that the Yardman faithful will return the favor and #PackTheYard. This rivalry has lost some steam over the last couple seasons, but with crowds like that in Kingston and hopefully large and equally enthusiastic crowds in Belleville, with both teams playing well, maybe this East Division rivalry could return to the top tier of OHL match ups.
Bulls - PP 0/2. PK 3/3
3 Stars 1-KGN Mike Morrison (28 SVS), 2-BEL Malcolm Subban (35 SVS), 3-KGN Henri Ikonen (1 G).
Saturday, November 10, 2012 Vs Saginaw Spirit
These teams met last Saturday in Saginaw when the Bulls gave up a two goal lead and lost 3-2. This weekend was a little different they didn't give up a 2 goal lead, this time it was 3 one goals leads and they lost 4-3 in overtime.
The 1st period had a real good pace with both Teams creating scoring chances but both Belleville's Malcolm Subban and Saginaw's Jake Paterson (Detroit Redwings) making big saves. The second seen the Bulls score early when rookie Niki Petti put his 3rd unassisted at 0:34 behind Paterson. That lead lasted 15 seconds when Florida Panthers prospect Vincent Trocheck netted his 12th from Garret Ross (Chicago Blackhawks) at 0:49. Thanks to Aaron Berisha (2) from a funny angle the Bulls would be up 2-1 after 40 minutes. Berisha scored at 3:42.
A minute and 42 seconds in to the 3rd the Spirit tied the game 2-2 when Brandon Lindberg scored his 4th from Andrey Alexeev and Terry Trafford. The 3rd period seen both teams with scoring chances and Malcolm Subban was up to his old tricks and was very strong holding the Bulls in the game until Niki Petti scored his 2nd of the game and 4th of the season from Daniil Zharkov (EDM) and Jason Shaw.
Belleville thought they had the game but with their net empty the Spirit turned to Justin Kea who tied his career high with his 4th of the season from Ross and Eric Locke to send the game to overtime. Malcolm Subban made a big save in the overtime but at 2:42, Ross bagged his 11th on the season to win the game for Saginaw 4-3. The play started with Paterson pushing a poke check to Trocheck with Ross finishing the play. The Spirit crashed the net on goal and Bulls fans gasped as Subban was attended to by the trainer but he got up and left the ice under his own will.
Bulls - PP 0/1, PK 1/1
3 Stars - 1- BEL Niki Petti (2 G), 2- BEL Malcolm Subban (38 SVS), 3- SAG Garret Ross (1 G, 2 A)
I know that sometimes 3 Star Selections are tilted to the home team and at the Yardman they usually get it right and not that the picks were wrong, but I thought Ross played a whale of a game. If the Spirit are still out of a playoff spot at the deadline and I don't think they will be, but if they are, and if Ross plays the way he played Saturday every game, They could get a nice return. He really stood out to me, I like his game, he's tough, he skates hard to the net and to the puck. Garrett Ross isn't huge but he plays big and he never backs down and has some decent skill. I thought he was the best player on the ice.
Sunday, November 11, 2012 @ Ottawa 67's
The Nation's Capital hasn't been to nice to the Belleville Bulls in the last few years. Before Belleville's 3-2 win on Sunday the Bulls had not won in Ottawa in the last 12 regular season games. Last regular season victory in Ottawa was a 6-5 OT win on January 30 2009. Belleville did all of their scoring in the 1st period with Joseph Cramarossa (3) on the PP at 2:17 from Jake Worrad. Garrett Hooey made it 2-0 with his 4th from Carter Sandlak and Brady Austin at 14:47 And Jordan Subban scored his 4th the winner at 15:52, from Micheal Curtis and Joseph Cramarossa.
The 67's did their scoring in the 2nd. Both Dante Salituro (2) and Steven Janes (6) scored and had helpers on the others goal. Remy Giftopoulos and Sean Monahan also had assists.
A lot of good things happened for the Bulls in this game. The victory in Ottawa is huge because now we can stop talking about it, Charlie Graham played a real solid game making 33 saves. Graham was strong in the third when Belleville needed him to be. The Bulls defensive play in this game was very strong and the PK unit was a the top of its game going a perfect 6/6, shutting down the OHL's top ranked power play. The Bulls PK unit and Charlie Graham stood tall killing a full 2 minute 2 man advantage. This game seen Jordan Subban and Garrett Hooey record their 1st points in 4 games, we seen Carter Sandlak record is 1st point in 6 games and OA Joseph Cramarossa's goal was his 1st since October 18th. This was a good game for the Bulls and they will look to build on the things they did well.
Bulls PP 1/4, PK 6/6
3 Stars -1- BEL Jordan Subban (1 G), 2- OTT Steven Janes (1 G 1 A), 3- BEL Joseph Cramarossa (1G 1A)
Notes: Newest Bull Jake Cardwell will wear number 29......Jake Worrad on Saturday and Sergey Kupstov on Sunday were both healthy scratches......Kingston's win over Belleville Friday night was a nice Birthday present for Head Coach Todd Gill......Niki Petti with 2 goals on Saturday night is the 2nd Bull to record a multi goal game this season.....Malcolm Subban has appeared in 16 games so far this season and has been a 3 Star selection in 9 of those games, 6 times being named the games 1st Star.....Malcolm played for Team OHL on November 8th Vs Team Russia he played 31 minutes and 59 seconds and stopped all 7 shots he faced.......Daniil Zharkov played for Team Russia......Bulls attendance Saturday was 2554, good for the 2nd biggest crowd at home this season......In Ottawa the game was played at the Scotiabank Place in front of 6315......Bulls Power Play is ranked 17th in the OHL running at a 17.1% pace and the penalty killing unit is running at a very impressive 87.9% good for 1st in the league......Belleville has scored and gave up 46 goals. In comparison The Guelph Storm who blow in to the Yardman Wednesday night have scored 83 and given up 78.....So far this season the Bulls have been in 18 fights with Adam Bignell and Austen Brassard leading the way, each has used 3 fight tickets,
Bulls Alumni : Former Bull Lubos Velebny is playing for the Peiting EC of the Oberliga (English:Premier League) it is currently the third tier of ice hockey in Germany....Former Bulls 1st overall pick John Hughes is playing for VSV EC, an ice hockey team in the Erste Bank Hockey League. Belleville has 3 games this week, they host the Guelph Storm on Wednesday, travel to Oshawa on Friday to face the Generals and return home on Saturday for a game Vs Plymouth.