Friday, September 20, 2013 @ Ottawa
The Bulls have started the season 0-2-0. Game One of the 2013-2014 season was Friday night in the Nation's Capital where the Bulls let not one but two, 2 goal leads slip away and ended up dropping the Game 5-4 to the hometown 67's much to the delight of the 12379 at the Canadian Tire Centre.
Two of Belleville's OA's got on the scoresheet early in the 1st period. Brady Austin (Buffalo) scored at 3:27 from Import rookie David Tomasek. And back from a rip at the Pittsburgh Penguins rookie camp Scott Simmonds made it 2-0 at 5:06 on the Bulls first power play chance of the year from Jordan Subban (Canucks) and former Erie Otter Luke Cairns.
The 67's cut the lead in half at 6:31 when Sam Studnicka got one by Charlie Graham with Travis Konecny and Tyler Hill getting the helpers. Before the period would end Ottawa would tie the game 2-2 at 16:49 thanks to Taylor Fielding with Ryan Van Stralen and Taylor Davis helping out this time. The 67's outshoot Belleville 10-9 in the period.
Ottawa outshoot Belleville in the 2nd period by an 11-8 margin. But it was the Bulls doing all the damage. Prague native Tomasek scored his first career OHL goal at 17:41 unassisted. Almost two minutes later at 19:31 Garrett Hooey restored the visitors 2 goal lead from Austin and Jake Marchment.
In the 3rd it was all Ottawa. Belleville couldn't or wouldn't push back, that lead to the 67's outshooting the Bulls 18-4 in the period and scoring 3 straight goals to win the contest 5-4. Fielding scored his second of the game on the power play at 6:03 from Konecny and Mike Vlajkov. At 8:18 the Grimsby native Vlajkov would add his own power play marker to tie the game 4-4. Brendan Bell and Joseph Blandisi picked up the apples. This trio would also be in on the winner at 16:40, this time it was Blandisi scoring with Bell and Vlajkov assisting.
PP : Bulls 1/2 , 67's 2/3
Shots : Belleville 21 , Ottawa 39
3 Stars : 1- OTT Travis Konecny (2A,+1), 2- OTT Taylor Fielding (2G, -1), 3- BELV Brady Austin (1G,1A,+2). Our 4th Star was BELV David Tomasek (1G,1A).
Saturday, September 21, 2013 VS North Bay
The Bulls home opener Saturday night started in celebration with the crowd of 2866 cheering the raising of the 2012-2013 East Division Championship banner. But after that they didn't have a whole lot to cheer about. The North Bay Battalion picked up it 1st victory since relocating North from Brampton defeating the Belleville Bulls 4-1.
The Bulls kept the party going for 20 minutes outshooting the Battalion 13-10 and leading 1-0. David Tomasek scored his 2nd goal in as many games at 16:33 from Brady Austin and Garrett Hooey picking up the apples. Early in the first frame Adam Bignell and Matt MacLeod dropped the mitts and had a nice tilt.
North Bay scored two goals in the 2nd . 1st it was Mike Amadio on the power play from Vincent Praplan and Marcus McIvor at 4:59. Jamie Lewis scored the winner at 14:18. After Charlie Graham miss played a Praplan shot, Lewis went to the front of the net and scored. North Bay would outshoot the Bulls 18-14 in the period.
The Battalion keep coming in the 3rd holding the edge in shots again 11-8 and also scored an other 2 goals. North Bay's man advantage would strike again when the pride of Sierre Switzerland Vincent Praplan scored his 1st career OHL goal at 7:36 from Barclay Goodrow and Brendan Miller. Not to be out done North Bay's other import Alex Henriksson from Sweden beat Graham to make it 4-1 at 17:34 from Amadio.
PP : Bulls 1/4 , Battalion 2/5 Shots : Belleville 35 , North Bay 39
3 Stars : 1- NB Vincent Praplan (1G,1A,+1), NB Mike Amadio (1G,1A,+1), 3- BELV David Tomasek (1G.-1) Our 4th Star was NB Brendan O'Neill (34 SVS).
NOTES : The Bulls still have a big season ticket push going on. Offering $100 in cold hard cash to any one that refers a friend to purchase tickets, so if you end up buying your season tickets late, tell em Phil sent ya. All jokes aside there are certain numbers that the Bulls have to meet to help secure that they continue to call Belleville home. With the Bulls starting the season 0-2 you can be sure the every chicken little in town will be screaming for Burnett to make a trade or for Burnett to be fired. They scream for his head when we lose in the Conference Final so I'm just guessing its happening now. Burnett knows what he has and he knows he has to be patient, Belleville will know soon enough what's going on with Brendan Gaunce and OA Alan Quine. When you add those 2 to the mix this is a very different club. The season ticket push does put some more pressure on Burnett and this group. Winning helps sell tickets............ Charlie Graham gave up 9 goals in two games, but lets not forget he missed a lot of training camp with an injury. Burnett did acquire goaltender Jason DaSilva from the Guelph Storm. We think this was a real good move. We didn't get the feeling in the preseason that Braydon Banitsiotis wasn't ready for the OHL , he might be some day but the Bulls needed a solid back up, they feel they got that in DaSilva ....... We like Bignell to wear the C if Gaunce doesn't return. Adam's dad Greg Bignell was the Captain of the Bulls in the 1989-90 season. Adam does a lot of things that the fans love and to be honest Coaches love. The fans showed their love by voting Adam the winner of the Jake Gilmour Award last season.......The Bulls need to push back. In the 3rd period vs Ottawa they just refused to drive the net and when they did they didn't get any real shots..........Ottawa Rookie Travis Konecny was a real treat to see and we looking forward to seeing him develop. He looked every bit the part of a 1st overall pick.......How many times this week have I called North Bay, Brampton ? Almost every time......Brampton had a game it was to come at the Belleville D. They targeted Jordan Subban, something he better get use to. By the end of the game you could see Jordan was starting to get rattled.
Bulls Alumni : Incase you missed it PK Subban won the Norris Trophy......David Clarkson signed with the Leafs....... Jason Spezza was named Captain of the Senators.