With eight rookies in their lineup, including four on defense the Marlies steamrollered Hamilton 5-0. Toronto scored on their first, second and fifth shots on goal before Robert Mayer was replaced in goal by Peter Delmas.
To compound the misery, former Canadiens first round draft pick Louis Leblanc suffered an injury to his right leg at 9:04 of the second period when he tangled with Marlie defenseman Jesse Blacker deep in the Toronto zone. Leblanc fell awkwardly to the ice after engaging Blacker in a fight. He had to be helped from the ice with a knee or ankle problem. There has been no report on the injury’s seriousness but Leblanc did not return to the game. He was not available after the game but team mate Gabriel Dumont told Canadian Press, “It’s never fun to see a guy get hurt like that. His leg twisted pretty weird. It didn’t look good so it’s tough.” Team doctors were to make a further assessment Sunday in Hamilton.
Kerry Ryan scored twice for the Marlies along with Mike Koska, Greg McKegg, and Nicolas Deschamps. Jussi Rynnas recorded the shutout. The Bulldogs outshot the Marlies 31-24. (Box Score and Team Scoring Statistics Below)
There were ninety minutes in penalties handed out in the game including ten fighting majors.
Included in the crowd of 7,618 at Ricoh Coliseum were Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, assistant GM Rick Dudley and head coach Michel Therrien.
For the record, the youngest team in the AHL is the Ottawa farm team in Binghamton New York.
Next on the Bulldogs schedule will be the Rochester Americans. The game will be played in Buffalo Tuesday.
………In the Ontario Junior Hockey League Saturday night the Kitchener Rangers scored three unanswered goals in the third period to defeat the Sarnia Sting 5-3. Canadiens first round draft pick Alex Galchenyuk scored one of the Sarnia goals. After 12 games Galchenyuk leads his team with 5 goals and 10 assists.
Hamilton Bulldogs 0 at Toronto Marlies 5
Saturday, October 20, 2012 – Ricoh Coliseum
Hamilton 0 0 0 – 0
Toronto 3 2 0 – 5
1, Toronto, McKegg 1 (Kadri, Scott), 0:51.
2, Toronto, Ryan 1 (Aucoin, Komarov), 6:51.
3, Toronto, Ryan 2 (Aucoin, Holzer), 10:24.
Penalties-Nash Ham (hooking), 2:43; Kadri Tor (tripping), 3:51; Dumont Ham (fighting), 6:54; Acton Tor (fighting), 6:54; Leblanc Ham (slashing), 11:33; Geoffrion Ham (fighting), 14:40; Ryan Tor (fighting), 14:40; Stortini Ham (slashing), 15:45; Kadri Tor (holding), 15:45; Deschamps Tor (high-sticking), 15:55; Holzer Tor (closing hand on puck), 16:34.
4, Toronto, Deschamps 1 (Gardiner, Kostka), 4:24.
5, Toronto, Kostka 1 (Aucoin, Zigomanis), 6:07 (PP).
Penalties-Quailer Ham (interference), 2:19; Beaulieu Ham (interference), 5:16; Hagel Ham (fighting), 6:09; Fraser Tor (fighting), 6:09; Scott Tor (tripping), 6:31; Blunden Ham (roughing, roughing), 9:04; Leblanc Ham (fighting), 9:04; Blacker Tor (interference, fighting), 9:04; Holzer Tor (roughing, roughing), 9:04; Nash Ham (boarding), 14:28; Palushaj Ham (roughing), 17:00; Corbin Ham (hooking), 18:23.
Penalties-Fraser Tor (roughing), 10:39; Blunden Ham (fighting), 14:41; Komarov Tor (boarding, fighting), 14:41.
Shots on Goal-Hamilton 11-12-8-31. Toronto 10-10-4-24.
Power Play Opportunities-Hamilton 0 / 7; Toronto 1 / 7.
Goalies-Hamilton, Mayer 2-1-0 (6 shots-3 saves); Delmas 0-0-0 (18 shots-16 saves). Toronto, Rynnas 1-0-0 (31 shots-31 saves).
Referees-Trevor Hanson (47), Dave Lewis (46).
Linesmen-Jason Finley (6), Kevin Hastings (61).
Hamilton Bulldogs 2012-13 Individual Stats