Belleville Bulls Recap

By Bill Thompson

Welcome to the inaugural article on the Belleville Bulls of the Ontario Hockey League. I will be writing an article twice a month, one on the 15th and one on the 30th. I will include a brief summary of the games since the previous article along with some ongoing stats and rankings of Bulls players. I’m going to have some fun with this, but I am quit serious in my conclusions and beliefs. I hope some scouts look up this page once and while and maybe some injustices can be avoided, such as Kyle Wellwood being ranked behind numerous players with less hope of making the NHL than I do. Enough with the niceties let’s analyze some hockey.

PETERBOROUGH at BELLEVILLE (Feb. 14)-

About 2700 fans trekked through blizzard like conditions to witness a rather uninspired game by both teams. The Bulls looked bored out there and the Petes lack of offensive talent made for some lengthy neutral zone play. When the Petes did come up with some chances, Paulo Colaiacovo was there to shut them down. Colaiacovo faced 28 shots, stopping a 3 on 1 and a 2 on 1 on his way to the victory. At the other end, Joey MacDonald was solid for the Petes, but a 5 on 3 power play for the Bulls to start the 3rd period would prove to be too much for him as Randy Rowe put home 2 quick goals. Rowe ended the night with a hat trick and an assist. His third goal gave him 50 on the year in his 47th game, making him the fastest to reach 50 in Bulls history, topping Dave MacLean’s record by 7 games. The Bulls also received an excellent game from Kyle Wellwood (3 assists), Branko Radivojevic (1g, 2a) and Nathan Robinson (1a). Adam Paiement scored the other Bulls goal. The Petes best player was Matt Carkner who played well defensively while chipping in a power play goal. The other Petes goal scorer was Marcel Rodman. The battle of the top NHL prospects (according to the Central Scouting Bureau) pitted #93 Cody McCormick of the Bulls against # 178 Marcel Rodman of the Petes. McCormick did very little in this game, while Rodman picked up a goal and an assist. Edge Rodman. Rodman was the Petes top prospect as #16 Lukas Krajicek did not play. The best prospect in the game was clearly Kyle Wellwood, as he is most nights. Wellwood has incredible vision and can pass from anywhere, to anywhere with ease, and contrary to what many people think he is not that small. (5’10’’-190 lbs)


POINTSIMPACT PLAYERS2001 Draft Prospects
1.Kyle Wellwood  88    1.Kyle Wellwood   1.Kyle Wellwood
2.Branko Radivojevic 772.Randy Rowe2.Paulo Colaiacovo
3.Randy Rowe         743.Branko Radivojevic3.Andrew Brown
4.Nathan Robinson504.Nathan Robinson4.Cody McCormick
5.Michael Jacobsen455.Paulo Colaiacovo5.Jan Chovan

BEST OPPOSITION
1.Matt Carkner  Petes
2.Bill ZalbaPetes
3.John BriouxPetes
4.Greg ChambersPetes
5.Adam ElzingaPetes