Bulldogs shutout by IceCaps


bulldogsSt. John’s goaltender Jussi Olkinuora stopped all 30 shots Hamilton threw at him on Saturday night (Dec. 14) as the Bulldogs (12-12-0-3) were handed their first shutout loss of the season to the IceCaps (15-10-1-2) 3-0 at Copps Coliseum.

The loss was Hamilton’s second straight after two back-to-back wins and left their American Hockey League record at 12-12-0-3. The IceCaps improved to 15-10-1-2. The Bulldogs are third in the North Division and the IceCaps sit second in the Atlantic Division.

The teams played through a scoreless first period before Kael Mouillierat scored what would stand as the game winning goal almost eight minutes into the second session. Almost seven minutes later Carl Klingberg extended the lead and with less than four minutes played in the third period, Eric O’Dell completed the scoring.

Dustin Tokarski made 36 saves on 39 shots for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs went 0-for-3 on the power play, while the IceCaps went 0-for-6.

Hamilton’s next game is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 18, when they will travel to Chicago to take on the Wolves (AHL Affiliate of the St. Louis Blues) at noon. The ‘Dogs return to Copps Coliseum on Sunday, Dec. 22, when they will host the Abbotsford Heat (AHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames) at 3 p.m.

Fans unable to attend The IceCaps game because of poor weather conditions can exchange that ticket for Sunday’s game.

Scoring summary

1st Period:
No scoring

Penalties
STJ MacKinnon, 6:35 – Goaltender interference, 2 min (PP)
HAM Tinordi, 16:27 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)
STJ Lipon, 18:32 – Fighting, 5 min
HAM Dumont, 18:32 – Fighting, 5 min

2nd Period:
1. STJ – Kael Mouillierat – 6 – (Jerome Samson, Patrice Cormier) – 7:48
2. STJ – Carl Klingberg – 8 – (Brenden Kitchon, J.C. Lipon) – 14:35

Penalties
HAM Macenauer, 2:43 – Slashing, 2 min (PP)
HAM Blunden, 3:05 – Delay of game, 2 min (PP)
HAM Dumont, 8:29 – Hooking, 2 min (PP)
STJ Redmond, 19:27 – Interference, 2 min (PP)
HAM Tarnasky, 20:00 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)

3rd Period:
3. STJ – Eric O’Dell – 12 – (Brenden Kichton, Andrew Gordon) – 3:54

Penalties
HAM Nattinen, 6:01 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)
STJ Fredheim, 12:31 – Boarding, 2 min (PP)
STJ Fredheim, 12:31 – Roughing, 2 min
STJ Riley, 12:31 – Misconduct – Unsportsmanlike conduct, (75.4) 10 min
HAM Pateryn, 12:31 – Roughing, 2 min
HAM Tinordi, 12:31 – Misconduct – Unsportsmanlike conduct, (75.4) 10 min

Shots:
St. John’s: 9-22-8–39
Hamilton: 16-7-7–30

Attendance: 3,113