Tyler Johnson scored twice in the third period to break the game open. Phillip-Michael Devos and Mike Angelidis also scored for the Crunch. Steve Quailer scored for Hamilton, his first goal as a professional. (Game Box Score and Bulldogs Season Stats Below)
This was men against the boys. The Bulldogs have the second youngest roster in the AHL with nine rookies and seven players 20 years old or younger. The lack of professional hockey experience showed against the veteran Syracuse team fourteen of whom were part of last year’s Calder Cup-champion Norfolk Admirals.
The clear star of the game was Bulldogs goaltender Robert Mayer who is the most improved Hamilton player from last season. Syracuse outshot Hamilton 31-14. Other noticeable performances came from Quailer and defenseman Nathan Beaulieu.
The Bulldogs lost the services of Blake Geoffrion at 11:46 of the first period when he was checked heavily into the boards by Syracuse defenseman Jean-Phillipe Cote. Geoffrion suffered a skate cut and possibly a rib or shoulder injury and was taken to hospital.
Notes – The attendance figure breaks two Bulldogs records. On June second 2003, 17,428 attended a playoff game at Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum between the hometown Bulldogs and the Houston Aeros. Their regular season record crowd was 15,529 at the Bell Centre February 21st 2010, a 5-0 win over the Adirondak Phantoms. It is also the largest crowd ever to watch an AHL game in Canada.
Scratches – Injured – G-Cedrick Desjardins (groin); RW-Louis Leblanc (ankle); D-Greg Pateryn (elbow). Healthy – Kyle Kagel; Alexander Avtsin.
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Friday, November 9, 2012 – Bell Centre
Syracuse 1 1 2 – 4
Hamilton 0 1 0 – 1
1, Syracuse, Devos 1 (Korobov, Gudas), 16:07.
Penalties-Holland Ham (roughing), 6:20; Cote Syr (fighting), 11:46; Blunden Ham (fighting), 11:46; Connolly Syr (roughing), 18:07.
2, Hamilton, Quailer 1 (Nattinen, Dumont), 2:07.
3, Syracuse, Angelidis 4 (Wyman, Brown), 19:08.
Penalties-Dumont Ham (holding), 4:51; Angelidis Syr (roughing), 9:51; Corbin Ham (tripping), 11:48; Gudas Syr (fighting), 14:35; Tinordi Ham (fighting), 14:35.
4, Syracuse, Johnson 7 (Panik, Palat), 7:58.
5, Syracuse, Johnson 8 (Panik, Gudas), 10:55.
Penalties-Quailer Ham (cross-checking), 12:41.
Shots on Goal-Syracuse 11-14-6-31. Hamilton 3-5-6-14.
Power Play Opportunities-Syracuse 0 / 4; Hamilton 0 / 2.
Goalies-Syracuse, Tokarski 4-1-1 (14 shots-13 saves). Hamilton, Mayer 4-2-1 (31 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Terry Koharski (10), Jean Hebert (43).
Hamilton Bulldogs 2012-13 Individual Stats
Linesmen-Rich Patry (52), Landon Bathe (80).