For the second week in a row the Belleville Bulls made a huge acquisition to improve there roster for the stretch run and for the second week in a row it paid off with a big win and a big night for the newest Toro and their new line mates. Last week it the Tyler Graovac joining the Bulls and a 6-2 win over the Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds at home in front of a season high crowd of 3300. Graovac (1G 3A) had 4 points as did his line mates Brendan Gaunce (2G 2A) and Austen Brassard (1G 3A).
This week it was Alan Quine joining the Bulls and a 8-2 win in Kingston over the Frontenacs. Alan Quine is a former 2nd overall pick of the Frontenacs and was comfortable in the building in front of 5302 fans and showed instant chemistry with line mates Joseph Cramarossa and Daniil Zharkov. All three NHL prospects had big energized games and looked like they had played together for years, the combination of Speed and Skill on the line along with Cramarossa's big frame and ability to drive the net made them really dangerous. Quine a Detroit prospect had a goal on the power play his 10th and 3 assists in his Bulls debut. Line mate Daniil Zharkov playing in his first game back from the WJC where he won Bronze with Team Russia seen the Oiler pick have the Bulls 1st goal when the Fronts had a 2-0 lead in the 1st period, he also picked up 2 apples. The guy who made the biggest splash was Ducks draft pick Joseph Cramarossa. The overage forward has being playing very well in the last couple weeks and tonight, it all came together. Cramarossa scored 3 goals to give him 11 on the season, his 1st goal of the night was the game winner, he added 2 helpers to end the night with 5 points and was named the games 1st Star.
The Fronts got off to a good start taking a two goal lead on back to back power play goals. Ryan Kujawinski (11th) who also had an assist and Sam Povorozniouk scored for the home team. Kingston's Finnish Import Henri Ikonen had two helpers and rookie Roland McKeown added a single apple. Then the Bulls lite up the Fronts for 8 straight goals. Mike Morrison has played well Vs the Friendly City this season posting a 2-1 record with a shut out and only allowing 2 goals in three games vs Belleville. Tonight he was not at the top of his game and Belleville was really clicking he was pulled after giving up 5 goals on 18 shots. His replacement Colin Furlong allowed 3 goals on 18 shots. In net for Belleville was Charlie Graham, making his 10th straight start for the Bulls as Coach Burnett decided to give Malcolm Subban some extra rest and some more time to adjust to life back in the OHL. And why not ? Charlie was played really well in Malcolm's absence. Charlie made 31 saves tonight and its easy to see that this club has no problem with Charlie Graham minding the cage. In the last ten games Graham has gone 6-3-0-1 with a shut out and has played very well during this stretch. In 15 games played this season he has put together a record of 8-5-0-2 with 2 shut outs, a 2.37 GAA and a .928 save %.
Belleville also got goals from Carter Sandlak in the 1st to tie the game. Sandlak's goal was his 5th and it was a nice effort unassisted to redeem himself to the bench after being in the box for both of the Fronts goals. Jordan Subban scored his 8th on the power play in the middle frame and made the game 4-2 and Captain Brendan Gaunce scored his 16th in the 3rd period on the power play from Tyler Graovac and Stephen Silas making the score 7-2 at that point before Cramarossa netted his 3rd of the game to seal the win for Belleville 8-2. Jordan Subban added 2 assists for a 3 point night and Jake Cardwell had a lone assist. Its been a good week so far for Jordan Subban first on Thursday he was added to Team Cherry for the Home Hardware Top Prospects Game in Halifax. And on Friday he was named the East Division Scholastic Player of the Month for December.
If there was a negative out of the game for Belleville it was that rookie Daniel De Sousa took a instigator penalty with under 5 minutes left in the game and will sit for the next 2 games when he started a dust up with former Toronto Marlboro teammate Sam Bennett, after Bennett laid a hit on Bulls forward Scott Simmonds that looked high. Also in the third but at just over 5 minutes in Carter Sandlak and Darcy Greenaway engaged in a very spirited tilt that reminded us of days gone by, the only thing missing was the Bell they used to ring at the Memorial Center.
Bulls PP 3/4, PK 2/4 Shots BEL 33, KGN 33.
Belleville will host the Windsor Spitfires on Saturday Night. Belleville is 1-0 vs the Spitfires this season after grinding out a 2-1 shoot out win on November 4th.