The Hamilton Bulldogs bounced back from a 5-1 Friday night shellacking in Abbotsford to record a 3-0 shutout win against the Heat Saturday. Cedrick Desjardins stopped 24 shots for his first shutout of the season.
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For the second straight night the Hamilton Bulldogs staged a comeback against the Rochester Americans. Friday night in Rochester they eventually lost 3-2 in a shootout. Saturday they scored four goals in just over 5 minutes to win 4-3.
The Rochester Americans defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-1 Tuesday night. The game was played before over 10,000 fans at Buffalo’s First Niagara Centre.
The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Toronto Marlies 3-1 before a crowd of 8819 fans in their home opener. Louis Leblanc scored twice for the Bulldogs. Other goals came from Patrick Holland and Aaron Palushaj.
Even those who don’t concern themselves with the Canadiens Hamilton farm team, might want to pay special attention this coming season as the organization brings in eight rookie pros from either the junior or college ranks, four of them defensemen with size and outstanding potential.
It is often said the Canadiens farm system has dried up, that the majority of the team’s future talent is only now emerging from junior hockey and still years away. If so, how was it that through their injury plagued season the Habs were able to bring eight players into their lineup who held rookie status?
Because of the injury to Brian Gionta, which took him out of the seaason’s second half, right wing on the Canadiens became a serious problem. Gionta’s replacements were a mixture of rookies and fourth line players and the results were predictable. Gionta returns next season but the Canadiens still have a major third line iissue to deal with.
The Candiens have signed forward Patrick Holland to a three-year contract. Holland was acquired by the Canadiens from Calgary as part of the Michael Cammalleri/Rene Bourque trade. In 66 games with the WHL’s Tri-City Americans, Holland ranks sixth in the league and third on the Americans with 101 points (24 goals and 77 assists).