Belleville Bulls Update

By Bill Thompson

Belleville GM Brad Vaughn’s latest moves seem to have elevated the Bulls to serious contender status for the OHL crown this year. Newcomers Jason Spezza and Michael Mole, both ex Ice Dogs, have been heavy contributors to Belleville’s current 7 game winning streak. Mole has been in net for all 7 wins and Spezza has 15 points in the last 5 games, including 7 points in last nights 9-2 romp of the Sarnia Sting.

The latest win brings the Bulls record to 26-18-2-1 for 55 points, one point behind Ottawa in the East. Belleville is now 2-0 on their 5 game stint away from home due to the Nokia Cup Ontario Curling Championships taking up residence in the Yardman Arena. The Bulls get their biggest challenge tonight as they face the OHL’s top team, the Plymouth Whalers. They return home for a game against the London Knights on Feb. 9.

Belleville also got a chance to shine on TV as they played in CFMT’s game of the week against the Oshawa Generals. The Bulls crushed the Generals 8-1. If not for a slight mental lapse by Mike Renzi, Mole most likely would have earned his first shutout of his OHL career. In preparing for a face-off outside Belleville’s zone, Renzi took his glove off to adjust some equipment, not a wise move in today’s fast face-off OHL. The puck was dropped and squirted into Belleville’s zone. Renzi’s man, Mike Minard, took off on a breakaway and put one between Mole’s legs at 14:34 of the 3rd period. Mole did earn his first shutout during inter-league play against the Victoriaville Tigres as the Bull