Barons rule over Bulldogs

bulldogsThere was little bite in Hamilton on Sunday (April 14) when the visiting Oklahoma City Barons blanked the Bulldogs 4-0.

Hamilton managed a paltry 24 shots on net to allow ex-Bulldog Yann Danis to pick up the shutout. Bulldogs goalie Jacob Gervais-Chouinard, on the other hand, was peppered with 40 shots.

Jonathan Cheechoo, Toni Rajala and Mark Arcobello, each with a goal and an assist, and Philippe Cornet provided the Barons fire power.

The Barons opened the scoring at 3:41 of the opening frame on Cornet’s goal. Garrett Stafford took a shot which was stopped and the rebound bounced to Cornet in the crease.

Arcobello notched an unassisted tally 30 seconds later.

The Barons third goal, Cheechoo’s 11th of the season, came midway through the second stanza on a power play. Rajala raced down the left side and relayed the puck to Cheechoo in the slot. He banged in his own rebound.

Rajala notched an unassisted goal at 9:11 of the third period after collecting a loose puck and depositing it into the net.

The Bulldogs’ next game is against the St. John’s IceCaps at Copps Coliseum on Friday (April 19) at 7:30 p.m.

Earlier in the day, the Bulldogs signed forward Sebastian Collberg to a Professional Try-Out Contract.

The 19-year-old Collberg played 35 games this season for Vastra Frolunda HC of the Swedish Elite League registering nine points (six goals, three assists) and six penalty minutes. The 5’11”, 185-pound forward won a silver medal with Team Sweden at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-20 World Junior Championship and helped Sweden win gold in 2012.

The native of Mariestad, Sweden played 35 games for Frolunda in the SuperElit J20 in 2010-11 and notched 44 points (21- 23) and 12 penalty minutes.

He was originally selected by the Montreal Canadiens in the second round, 33rd overall, in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

Scoring Summary

1st Period:
1. OKC – Philippe Cornet (14) – (Garrett Stafford, Jonathan Cheechoo) – 3:41
2. OKC – Mark Arcobello (22) – 4:11

2nd Period:
3. OKC – Jonathan Cheechoo (11) – (Toni Rajala, Mark Arcobello) – 9:26 (PP)

3rd Period:
4. OKC – Toni Rajala (15) – 9:11

Oklahoma City: 18-14-8—40
Hamilton: 7-9-8—24

Power Play:
Oklahoma City: 1-for-3
Hamilton: 0-for-1

Attendance: 4,369