The Bulls got some good news last week when the Vancouver Canucks reassigned Captain Brendan Gaunce back to the Jr. Ranks. Gaunce was the Canucks 2012 first-round draft pick (26th Overall). Brendan attended Vancouver's main camp and scored a pair of goals in pre-season action. Canucks new Coach John Tortorella said that Gaunce had a good camp and stated that "The tempo and pace of his game needs to improve. He needs to go play." also saying he will get the ice time he needs in Belleville to continue his development.
Coach George Burnett knows that Gaunce has to be somewhat disappointed, but he expects the Bulls Captain to be highly motivated to have a dominant OHL season. “Knowing Brendan, I'm confident he'll come back here and establish himself and take a good run at the World Junior Championships too.” The Belleville bench boss also made note of how Brendan was under the microscope in VanCity and performed well. "There's certainly no shame in not making a veteran NHL team as a 19-year-old. This will harden his resolve. He has a bright future ahead of him.".
Right away Brendan makes the Bulls a stronger club. Gaunce a former Markham Waxers was Belleville's first pick in the 2010 OHL Priority Selection. This will be his fourth OHL campaign. Last season Brendan scored a career-high 33 goals and put up 22 points in 17 playoff games. Gaunce has 72-92-164 scoring totals in 193 career games as a Bull. He was voted the Best Defensive Forward in the Eastern Conference in last season's Coaches Poll.
One player that Bulls fans shouldn't expect is overage centre Alan Quine, who has signed a three-year entry level contract with the New York Islanders. Last season after coming to Belleville from the Peterborough Petes, Quine played 28 games and put up great numbers scoring 14 goals and collecting 27 assists. In the playoffs he had 15 points in 17 games. Quine has played 252 games in the OHL all with East Division teams , he started his Jr career with the Kingston Frontenacs. Alan re-entered the NHL Entry Draft in June after going unsigned by the Detroit Red Wings who picked him in the third-round (85th overall) in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He was chosen by the Islanders in the sixth-round (166th Overall) this year.
Friday, September 27, 2013 @ Mississauga
The home town Steelheads wanted to get some kind of revenge on the Belleville Bulls, after the Toro's ousted Mississauga in the first round of last seasons OHL playoffs. It was the power play that got the Trout on the scoresheet 1st when Dylan Smoskowitz scored his 2nd of the season from Josh Burnside and Eric Diodati at 2:49. Not to be outdone the Bulls power play would answer back when Scott Simmonds netted his 2nd of the season from Canuck prospects Brendan Gaunce and Jordan Subban. Belleville's 1st power play goal was at 7:30 of the 1st, and at 9:40 it was the man advantage again, and again it was Simmonds getting the goal with Brady Austin (Buffalo) and Subban with the helpers. The first period would end tied 2-2 thanks to Steelheads rookie Everett Clark who scored his 1st OHL goal at 15:44. Bobby MacIntyre and Spenser Cobbold set up the goal. Belleville out shot Mississauga 16-8 in the first.
The second period seen Garrett Hooey score short-handed at 7:34 giving the Bulls a 3-2 lead, but the lead only lasted 29 seconds when Smoskowitz buried his 2nd of the game on the power play from Damian Bourne and Diodati. Mississauga outshot Belleville in the middle frame 15-11.
There were no goals scored in the third period. The Bulls held the edge in shots 11-5. In OT the Steelheads fired 3 shots on Charlie Graham and the Bulls put 2 on Spencer Martain. The Bulls and Steelheads would head to a Shoot Out tied 3-3
Jesse Barwell was the first shooter for the Steelheads, but Graham was up to the challenge, shutting the door. Bulls’ captain, Brendan Gaunce was unable to capitalize, being stopped by Spencer Martin. After the Steelheads second shooter Dylan Smoskowitz beat Charlie Graham five-hole, Spencer Martin stopped Jordan Subban’s attempt. The stage was then set for Bryson Cianfrone, who beat Graham blocker side, icing the win for the Steelheads 4-3.
PP : Bulls 2/5 , Steelheads 2/5
Shots : Belleville 40 , Mississauga 32
3 Stars : 1- MISS Dylan Smoskowitz (2G), 2- BELV Scott Simmonds (2G), 3- MISS Eric Diodati (2A,+1)
Our 4th Star was MISS Spencer Martin (37 saves)
Saturday, September 28, 2013 VS Niagara
Belleville had a great start to this game, just 15 seconds in Luke Cairns scored his 1st of the season and 1st as a Belleville Bull from Brady Austin. the Bulls new found power play would own the rest of the 1st period. At 2:18 Garrett Hooey found the back of the net with Cairns and David Tomasek getting the apples. Again at 17:46 it was Hooey and the power play giving the Bulls a 3-0. Gaunce and Daniel De Sousa got the helpers on Hooey's 2nd goal of the night. Belleville outshot Niagara 18-11.
Niagara would score the only goal in the 2nd. Brendan Perlini hammered one past Jason Da Silva who was making his 1st start as a Bull, at 13:46 from Jordon Maletta and Luke Mercer. The Bulls held the edge in shots 10-9 in the frame.
In the third period the Icedogs power play came alive and put up two goals to tie the game 3-3. At 1:11 Perlini scored his 2nd of the game from Cater Verhaeghe and then it was Verhaeghe getting his own power play marker at 11:54 with Perlini and Blake Siebenaler picking up the apples. Not to be out done Belleville's power play and Garrett Hooey would sent most of the 2078 in attendance home happy when Hooey scored his 3rd of game at 19:47 on the man advantage from Luke Cairns and Aaron Berisha. Bulls resister their 1st win of the season 4-3.
PP : Bulls 3/7 , Icedogs 2/4
Shots : Belleville 41 , Niagara 31
3 Stars : 3- BELV Luke Cairns (1G,1A), 2-NIA Brendan Perlini (2G,1A), 1- BELV Garret Hooey (3G,GW)
Our 4th Star was NIA Carter Verhaeghe (1G,1A)
Notes : After scoring 2 goals Scott Simmonds was injured on a hit from behind in the 1st period Friday night at the Hersey Centre. The play on the ice was called a 5 minute major. Icedogs Josh Burnside also received a Game Misconduct. Simmonds' shoulder was injured on the play he left the game and was called week to week by Coach Burnett. As for Burnside he has been suspended for six games.....Hooey's hat-trick Vs the Icedogs was the 1st of his career......On Sept 29th the Bulls travel to Tweed, It was the Bulls 2nd stop on their regional practice tour. The 1st stop was in Stirling during the HOckeyville celebrations. This tour is important to the Bulls. It some what easy to do and it helps sell the Bulls brand in all of Hastings & Prince Edward County's and Quinte West. Like a lot of things in the City of Belleville the Bulls depend on the surrounding area for support. this helps shows that its everyones team.....
Bulls Alumni : Six former Bulls are playing for other OHL teams this season- Michael Curtis Erie Otters, Tyson Teichmann Kitchener Rangers, Alex Basso London Knights, Mack Lemmon Niagara IceDogs, Carter Sandlak Plymouth Whalers and Alex Carnevale Sarnia Sting....
And eleven will start the season in the NHL - Matt Beleskey Ducks, Matt Stajan Flames, Eric Tangradi Jets, Cody McCormick Sabres, Daniel Cleary Redwings, Shawn Matthais Panthers, PK Subban Canadiens, Jason Spezza Senators, David Clarkson Maple Leafs, Philipp Grubauer Capitals, Richard Panik Lightning.
The Bulls and the Quinte Children's Foundation are joining forces against child abuse on Wednesday night at the Yardmen. The spirited bout will take place alongside the night's main event that begins at 7:05pm when the Bulls face off with their East Division rivals the Kingston Frontenacs.