Hamilton came into this past weekend mired in a five game losing streak that saw them plummet out of the playoff picture entirely. Already 0 for 4 on their current 6 game road trip the Bulldogs pulled into the Canadian Tire Centre to face off against the East Division leading Binghamton Senators on Saturday night. Needless to say the night did not start off the way the team wanted as Senators forward Shane Prince scored a breakaway goal on Robert Mayer just 2:03 into the 1st period. Less than 2 minutes later Mike Hoffman put another goal past Mayer to put the Bulldogs deep in a hole less than 5 minutes into the game. Hoffman buried his 2nd of the night with 12 minutes left in the opening frame and it appeared the Bulldogs were all but finished in this contest.
However Michael Blunden would get Hamilton on the board with roughly a minute left on the clock with his 9th goal of the year with assists to Nick Tarnasky and Gabriel Dumont. Dumont would chip away at the Senators lead 7:30 into the 2nd period with his 11th goal of the year and Maxime Macenauer would tally his 6th goal to knot the game at 3-3 at 12:24 of the middle frame. The Baby Sens were not to be denied as Andre Petersson would put Binghamton on top 4-3 late in the 2nd period. The Bulldogs would storm back in the final period with Christian Thomas tipping home Jarred Tinordi's point shot to tie the game with 5 minutes left in regulation. With regulation solving nothing the Bulldogs would end the hectic comeback in overtime with Tinordi burying a wrist shot short side on Andrew Hammond to win it for the Bulldogs.
Sunday would see Hamilton square off against their Ontario rival the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Arena and this game did not disappoint. The Marlies would strike early in the game with forward Jerry D'Amigo beating Dustin Tokarski less than a minute into the game. However with 5 minutes gone in the opening frame Jarred Tinordi would channel his inner Subban and complete a beautiful end to end rush and snipe one over Drew MacIntyre to tie the game 1-1. With 12:44 left the red hot Sven Andrighetto would tally his 11th goal of the year with assists to Nathan Beaulieu and Martin St.Pierre to give Hamilton a 2-1 lead. With the Bulldogs on the powerplay Mike Blunden would scored his 10th goal of the season with Beaulieu and St. Pierre collecting assists again to give Hamilton a solid lead heading into the 3rd period.
Less than a minute into the final frame Andrighetto took the puck from the Bulldogs zone then dangled and deked his way through the entire Marlies defense and scored his team leading 12th goal of the year to put the Bulldogs firmly in command 4-1. Toronto would not quit as Greg McKegg scored on the power play at 8:37 to bring the Marlies within 2 before McKegg would add another goal with the net empty to make it 4-3 in the waning moments of the contest. Tokarski would shut the door in the final moments to preserve the win for Hamilton who were in desperate need of points.
Jarred Tinordi collected two goals and an assist over the weekend and Sven Andrighetto tallied 4 points(2 goals 2 assists) and both had highlight reels goals at the expense of the Marlies defense.
Jarred Tinordi Beautiful Goal @ Toronto (09/02/14) (via Habs Prospects Videos)
The Bulldogs have a short break for the AHL all-star game in St. Johns where goalie Dustin Tokarski will be among the players taking on Magnus Nygren and Färjestad BK. Their next AHL contest is Febuary 15th against the Texas Stars at the First Ontario Centre(Formerly Copps Coliseum).
After his dominant week, Sven Andrighetto was named the AHL's player of the week. Here are his highlights:
- Evaluating the American women's hockey team
- Winter Olympics Recap: Day 3
- Olympic medal count
- Winter Olympics 2014: Carey Price's black mask for Sochi
- Olympic Rankings: Canada remains on top
- Pacioretty injured, still going to Sochi
- A sneak peek at Price's mask for Sochi
- How does the new format impact women's hockey?
- Olympics Opening Ceremonies Open Thread
- No Sochi for Henrik Sedin
- St. Louis back on Team Canada
- Canada looking to repeat gold medal performance
- Not going to Sochi
- Finland's Mikko Koivu running out of time
- Tre Kronor aiming for gold