Canadiens prospect Brendan Gallagher had his professional coming out party in Hamilton Friday night but his efforts were not rewarded with a victory as the Toronto Marlies beat the Bulldogs 5-4 in overtime before 5,569 highly entertained fans at Copps Coliseum.
Gallagher scored his first goal as a professional and assisted on another as the Bulldogs came back to tie Toronto three times and eventually force the overtime. Gallagher also led both teams with ten shots on goal.
Marlies defenseman Simon Gysbers scored the game overtime winner.
The Bulldogs came back three times to tie the game with Gabriel Dumont’s goal at 13:42 of the third period forcing the overtime. Along with Gallagher, Michael Blunden and Frederic St. Denis scored for the Bulldogs. Other Toronto goals were scored by Carter Ashton, Jake Gardiner, Greg McKegg and Mike Zigomanis. (Box Score & Updated Team Scoring Stats Below)
Hamilton outshot Toronto 39-23 which is a deceptive statistic. While the Bulldogs played with a lot of energy, it was youthful enthusiasm and the quality shots and scoring chances were fairly even between the teams. This season is going to be a work in progress and the Bulldogs nine rookie pros gain experience.
Notable performances from the Bulldogs – Blake Geoffrion, Patrick Holland, Gallagher and Steve Quailer among the forwards. Greg Pateryn caught my eye on defense.
The Bulldogs will host the Abbotsford Heat Sunday.
Healthy Scratches: Alexander Avtsin, Alain Berger, Brendon Nash. Out With Injuries – forward Louis Leblanc (high ankle sprain) goaltender Cedrick Desjardins (groin)
In Junior Hockey Friday night
…….Canadiens 2012 draft pick Brady Vail (4th round-64th) picked up two assists as Windsor defeated Guelph 6-4. In 15 games, Vail has 18 points (6 goals-12 assists) First round draft pick Alexander Galchenyuk and the Sarnia Sting will play at Erie Pennsylvania Saturday night.
……In the WHL Tim Bozon, the Canadiens third round pick (64th), added two goals and an assist to his total as Kamloops beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 8-1 at home. Bozon is third in WHL scoring (behind two linemates) with 13 goals and 11 assists in 14 games. Kamloops is 13-0-1 to start the season.
……In the QMJHL Canadiens 5th round choice, Charles Hudon is recovering from a concussion
Toronto Marlies 5 (OT) at Hamilton Bulldogs 4
Friday, October 26, 2012 – Copps Coliseum
Toronto 1 2 1 1 – 5
Hamilton 1 2 1 0 – 4
1,Toronto, Ashton 1 (Komarov), 6:19.
2, Hamilton, Blunden 1 (Nattinen, Geoffrion), 6:38.
Penalties-Colborne Tor (hooking), 1:06; Stortini Ham (elbowing), 12:35; Gardiner Tor (interference), 15:09; Gallagher Ham (slashing), 18:32.
3, Toronto, Gardiner 3 (Aucoin, Yeo), 8:51.
4, Hamilton, Gallagher 1 (Quailer, Bournival), 11:59 (PP).
5, Hamilton, St-Denis 1 (Gallagher, Holland), 17:37.
6, Toronto, McKegg 2 (Aucoin), 18:18 (PP).
Penalties-D’Amigo Tor (roughing), 2:22; Blunden Ham (goaltender interference), 3:26; Fraser Tor (roughing), 10:32; Ashton Tor (high-sticking), 18:14; Bournival Ham (double minor – high-sticking), 18:14.
7, Toronto, Zigomanis 1 (Kadri), 5:34.
8, Hamilton, Dumont 2 (Boyce, Quailer), 13:42.
Penalties-Zigomanis Tor (slashing), 9:56; Gallagher Ham (tripping), 10:07; Fraser Tor (hooking), 19:55.
9, Toronto, Gysbers 1 (Yeo, Aucoin), 4:05. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Toronto 7-7-9-1-24. Hamilton 6-19-11-3-39.
Power Play Opportunities-Toronto 1 / 5; Hamilton 1 / 6.
Goalies-Toronto, Scrivens 1-2-0 (39 shots-35 saves). Hamilton, Delmas 0-1-0 (24 shots-19 saves).
Referees-Keith Kaval (40).
Linesmen-Jean Menard (12), Kevin Ferguson (31).
Hamilton Bulldogs 2012-13 Individual Stats