GAME 2: Whalers Drop Home Opener To The Bulls

Posted: September 23, 2012 in 2012-13, Postgame, Whalers

Whalers and Bulls on the bluelines before faceoff. Photo by Keith Dotson

The Whalers were looking to shake off the loss the the Hounds from the night before and bounce back with a win. With they way that the team came out of the gate you got a sense what this team can do this season.

Within the first minute Stephen Noesen taps in the rebound of Colin MacDonald’s shot to give the Whalers an early 1-0 lead. Later in the period Meurs and Hartman breakaway on a 2-on-1. Meurs passes it to Hartman who snipes it past Botson prospect Malcolm Subban to extend the lead to 2-1. Props on Gary to immediately fetch the puck after Hartman’s first OHL goal.  The Bulls got on the board before the end of the period when the puck bounced off the glass causing Mahalak to lose track of the puck and Brassard was able to shoot the puck into a wide open net. Not a goal that any goalie wants to give up, but to be fair it was a weird bounce.

This game was back and forth, and Belleville started to match the Whalers in levels of intensity. In the second period the Bulls started crashing the net more and were able to convert with a goal from Carter Sandlak to tie the game. Throughout the rest of the second and into the third both the Whalers and Bulls had their chances. The game ended up going to a shootout. For the Whalers Aleardi, Noesen, and Meurs failed to get a shot past Malcolm Subban.  When all was said and done, it was a puck that was slid through the legs of Matt Mahalak by Joseph Cramarossa that kept the Whalers winless on the season.

This is the second game where the Whalers lost a two goal lead. Granted I have no doubt that the team will turn this around when Sudbury comes to town this coming Saturday, but I am sure that Vellucci is telling the boys that they need to convert on more of their chances and to keep the lead that they worked hard to get.

It is well known that points are easier to get in the beginning of the season and harder to get at the end of it. The Whalers came out of this weekend with half of the points they could have earned, which is better than nothing.

NEXT GAME: The Whalers look to have their first win of the season against the 2-0 Sudbury Wolves on the 29th at Compuware Arena. Puck drop is 7:05pm


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