From Where I Sat: Bulldogs at Amerks, 11/2/2012


Last night marked the second meeting of the season against the Hamilton Bulldogs and the Rochester Americans. Coming into last night the Amerks had won the first meeting of the season by a score of 4-3. After blowing a 2-0 lead, the Amerks were able to pull out a victory in the shootout by a score of 3-2. After the jump you’ll find¬†The Good,¬†The Bad, andThe Ugly.

The Good:

-They killed off all 4 penalties that they took during regulation.

-David Leggio had a fantastic performance despite giving up 2 goals on 31 shots. While Robert Mayer gave up 2 goals on 35 shots, Leggio definitely had the more dominant performance. Both goalies were the victims of some incredibly strange bounces, however.

-Zemgus Girgensons finally scored his first professional goal.

-David Leggio in the shootout is almost always impressive. He stopped 3 of 4 last night and stopped 5 of 5 in the home opener against Syracuse. If I understand correctly, he was also the best goalie in shootouts last season.

The Bad:

-How about that power play? The one goal they managed on their 7 power play chances was the result of a strange bounce off of a skate. Granted the Bulldogs do have a Top 10 PK unit, but the power play looks incredibly weak tonight.

-Blowing a two goal lead. This game never should have made it to overtime, let alone the shootout.

The Ugly:

-The new ice last night was dreadful to see guys play on.

Awards:

-The John Crichton*: David Leggio (Yes, he got the win, but his team wasn’t much help at times.)

-The Ka D’Argo**: David Leggio

-The Badger***: Luke Adam

Final Thoughts:

For the most part last night was a fairly even game, but it was certainly a less than impressive effort after the Bulldogs scored their first goal and eventually their second. The next home game is 11/9 against the Adirondack Phantoms, hopefully they can have another performance like they did against the Phantoms the last time the two teams met.

*The John Crichton Award: For the player who, despite his best efforts, finds himself in a tough situation.

**The Ka D’Argo Award: For the player who loses his cool and channels his rage in a way that helps his team win.

***The Rygel Award: For the player(s) who want(s) to win, but would rather have someone else do the work.

P.S. This month’s awards theme will be Farscape. I also reserve the right to give a player more than one award.

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