Week two for the Belleville Bulls started the same way Week one did, on the road. But it ended a lot different. Instead of coming off back to back road victories and a trip to the CHL Top Ten, the Bulls lost on the road Friday night in Brampton Vs the Battalion and dropped their 32nd homer opener to division rivals the Oshawa Generals on Saturday night.
Friday, September 28, 2012 @ The Brampton Battalion
The Bulls marched in to the Bunker Friday night feeling pretty good about themselves. They were winners of their first two games against some tough western opponents and earned a spot in the Canadian Hockey League's Top Ten, sitting at 9th. Coming in we all knew this would be a low scoring game. All of us where right, there was only one goal scored in the game and it was scored in the 1st period by Czech Republic native Patrik Machac his 1st at 17:14 from Brandon Robinson to give the Battalion a 1-0 lead. The goal stood as the winner thanks in part to Brampton's other Czech import Matej Machovsky. The native of Opava made 21 saves for his 1st shut out of the season and 7th of his OHL career. Machovsky was good but didn't need to be great as his team blocked shot after shot after shot. Brampton played a great Brampton style game.
They slowed it down and kept Belleville to the outside limiting chances, filling up lanes and blocking shots. Brampton's team is lead by their defence core. With overeager Cameron Wind, Tampa Bay Lightning draft pick Dylan Blujus the only drafted player on the Battalion roster, Marcus McIvor. Zach Bell, Spencer Abraham and Brenden Miller all returning from last season. throw in rookie Mark Raycroft and you have a real nice group top to bottom, and Friday night they weren't flashy, just very effective. Belleville didn't help there own cause going 0/7 on the power play, They had three straight power play chances in the 3rd period but only managed 6 shots in total in the final frame. Belleville only had 5 shots in the 2nd and 10 in the 1st. The PK was good going 5/5. Malcolm Subban (Boston Bruins) was real good too, stopping 28 shots alomg the way and be named one of the 3 stars for the 3rd game in a row. Bulls forward Carter Sandlak and Battalion Matt MacLeod each used a fight ticket midway in the 2nd in what should be called a draw. Bulls rookie Daniel De Sousa made his OHL debut and Sergey Kuptsov played his first game for the Bulls. 2045 fans seen Brampton grind out a 1-0 win
Saturday, September 29, 2012 Vs The Oshawa Generals
Saturday night Belleville was playing their home opener and with 2851 fans in the stands were ready to show that they should be tops in the East Division, Well The Oshawa Generals have an other plan, they believe they're the class of the East Division. The Generals opened the scoring when Scott Sabourin turned a fired his 2nd past Malcolm Subban at 5:02 from Lucas Lessio (Phoenix Coyotes) and Matt Petgrave. The 1st period ended tied 1-1 Thanks to Sergey Kupstov who scored his 1st of the season and his 1st as a Belleville Bull at 9:16 from Russian countrymen Daniil Zharkov (Edmonton Oilers) and Stephen Silas. The 1st period had a nice flow with the Generals firing 16 shots on net and the Bulls putting 10 on Daniel Altshuller (Carolina Hurricanes).
The middle frame started with Carter Sandlak taking a hitting from behind penalty, the Bulls killed the penalty but their streak of not giving up a power play marker almost came to an end when the Generals had thought they scored, even though the Official called it off right away they went up stairs and after they had a good long look the call on the ice stood. But Oshawa and specifically Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Boone Jenner didn't need the power play to take the lead. Jenner scored twice in the 2nd, once at 5:41 his 4th from rookie Michael Dal Colle and again at 19:27 his 5th from Geoffrey Schemitsch and Colin Suellentrop to give the visitors a 3-1 lead after 40 minutes. Right at the 20 minute mark Bulls veteran Scott Simmonds and Generals Josh Brown used a fight ticket. In the period Oshawa fired 10 shots on net, while Belleville could only muster 3.
The Bulls needed a big 3rd period and leading scorer Jordan Subban got them on the score sheet at 0:59, with his 1st from Brady Austin (Buffalo Sabres) cutting the lead to 3-2. But that was as close as the Bulls could get. Brian Hughes netted his 1st at 12:17 from Bradley Latour. Toronto Maple Leafs Prospect and 19 year old rookie Tyler Biggs playing his first year in the OHL after playing last season at Miami University (Ohio) scored his 2nd in to an empty net at 19:10 from Jenner to seal the deal 5-2 for the Generals. Belleville out shot the Generals 11-7 in the period but Oshawa had the edge in the game 33-24. Bulls PP 1/3 - PK 3/3
Three Stars: 1st OSH-Boone Jenner (2G GW 1A), 2nd BEL Jordan Subban (1G), 3rd OSH Lucas Lessio (1A)
Its early in the season and the Belleville Bulls have showed the good side and the bad side of this team. The good out ways the bad for now, but some of the bad stuff is to quote one fan "like a broken record" the Bulls aren't shooting the puck, the power play is struggling, There has been the lack to compete for 60 minutes. The power play after looking pretty good in the 1st game scoring 2 goals has gone 1 for the last 16. The PP at times is brutal, generating no chances. A plus for the PP is the play of Brendan Gaunce (Vancouver Canucks) on the point. He's looks real comfortable back there. The PK has been real good and is ranked 1st in the OHL. Never mind that Jordan Subban is the teams leading scorer and is skating real well with and without the puck,, its his play defensively that is standing out. he has made huge strides since his rookie season. Saying that Jordan Subban is the leading scorer is the leading scorer is a testament to his great start but the Bulls are waiting for the likes of Brendan Gaunce, Daniil Zharkov and Garrett Hooey to score their 1st goal of the season. Malcolm Subban has been as good as we thought he would be, All of the rookies that have got in the in the line up have played well. Aaron Berisha has been the stand out. One rookie that hasn't got in has been Micheal Cramarossa, I'm sure Micheal will get in sooner then later, but it has to be tough. He can look no farther then Bulls Alumni Shawn Matthias who helped with the Ceremonial puck drop on Saturday. Matthias only played 37 games in his rookie year and things turned out all right. One thing I've found odd about this season is the Bulls have had a fight in every game so far. 5 different players have dropped the mitts in 4 games. I found this strange because I can't remember a team that Coach Burnett has had in Belleville that has had 4 straight games with a fight. Its not something we've seen a lot during his tenure. I'm not complaining, just wondering why. Belleville's next game is at home on October 6 Vs The Ottawa 67's