In regulation time Blake Geoffrion, Aaron Palushaj and Gabriel Dumont scored.
Seven members of the opening night Hamilton roster were playing their first professional game, including four on defence. Brendan Gallagher, Steve Quailer and Bournival all registered their first pro points. It was also Sylvain Lefebvre’s first win as a head coach.
For the Griffins, a Detroit Red Wings farm team, it was Francis Pare, Jeff Hoggan and Trevor Parkes.
Hamilton outshot Grand Rapids 37-20. Robert Mayer was in goal for the Bulldogs. Peter Delmas was his backup.
The Bulldogs currently have 25 on their roster. Not dressed for the game were defenseman Morgan Ellis and goaltender Cedrick Desjardins (both injured) plus forwards Alain Berger, Joonas Nattinen and Alexander Avtsin.
The Bulldogs’ next game is scheduled for Friday, October 19th at home against the Toronto Marlies.
Hamilton Bulldogs 4 (SO) at Grand Rapids Griffins 3 –
Saturday, October 13, 2012 – Van Andel Arena
Hamilton 2 0 1 0 – 4
Grand Rapids 0 2 1 0 – 3
1, Hamilton, Geoffrion 1 (Quailer, Gallagher), 17:09.
2, Hamilton, Palushaj 1 (Bournival, Nash), 19:53.
Penalties-Stortini Ham (boarding), 6:13; Dumont Ham (boarding), 11:11; Stortini Ham (roughing), 11:11; Evans Gr (roughing), 11:11; Quailer Ham (fighting), 20:00; Callahan Gr (double minor – butt-ending (attempt)), 20:00; Grant Gr (fighting), 20:00.
3, Grand Rapids, Parkes 1 (Ferraro), 0:46 (SH).
4, Grand Rapids, Pare 1 (Smith, Hoggan), 5:24.
Penalties-Hagel Ham (fighting), 8:33; Callahan Gr (cross-checking, fighting), 8:33; Evans Gr (interference), 9:52.
5, Hamilton, Dumont 1 (Stortini, Hagel), 4:53.
6, Grand Rapids, Hoggan 1 (Paetsch, Lashoff), 9:39 (PP).
Penalties-Andersson Gr (hooking), 1:04; Boyce Ham (boarding), 7:47; Paetsch Gr (delay of game), 12:57.
Hamilton 1 (Geoffrion NG, Holland NG, Bournival G, Gallagher NG),
Grand Rapids 0 (Nyquist NG, Smith NG, Tatar NG, Pare NG, Andersson NG).
Shots on Goal-Hamilton 11-13-8-4-1-37. Grand Rapids 7-4-5-4-0-20.
Power Play Opportunities-Hamilton 0 / 6; Grand Rapids 1 / 3.
Goalies-Hamilton, Mayer 1-0-0 (20 shots-17 saves). Grand Rapids, McCollum 0-0-1 (36 shots-33 saves).
Referees-Trent Knorr (44).
Linesmen-Bob Marcis (65), Jared Hoffmeyer (91).
In other news from the minors – Alex Galchenyuk registered one assist as the OHL’s Sarnia Sting beat Niagara Falls Ice Dogs 4-3 in overtime Saturday. Galchenyuk has 4 goals and 6 assists in eight games this season. Sarnia hosts Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Sunday.
The Canadiens share ECHL affiliation of the Wheeling Nailers with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Last week Hamilton assigned five players to the Nailers. Forward Olivier Fortier was shuffled on the ECHL’s Orlando Solar Stars. Only two of them, Joe Stejskal and Stefan Chaput were in the lineup as the Nailers lost to Cincinnati 3-2 in a shootout. Ian Schultz and Philippe Lefebvre were scratched. The Nailers have played three games so far, all of them against Cincinnati, winning once.
Hamilton Bulldogs 2012-13 Individual Stats