The Hamilton Bulldogs, following consecutive wins to start their season, dropped their second road game in a row, a 3-1 defeat at the hands of the Rochester Americans. The Buffalo Sabres farm team were playing a home game before 10,936 at the First Niagara Centre in Buffalo.
Ian Finley, Cody Hodgson and T.J. Brennan scored for the Americans. Michael Bournival scored his first professional goal for Hamilton.
Peter Delmas was in goal for Hamilton and had to play well after being left to his own devices time and again by the young defense in front of him, five of six of whom were professional rookies. Hamilton outshot the Americans 37-32. (Box Score and Updated Team Scoring Statistics Below)
Among the game’s more prominent Hamilton forwards in the game were Blake Geoffrion, Steve Quailer and Patrick Holland; and on defense Morgan Ellis and Antoine Corbin.
Louis Leblanc was not in the lineup, out indefinitely with a ‘lower body’ injury believed to be an ankle or knee sprain suffered Saturday night in Toronto. He was replaced by Joonas Naatinen. Morgan Ellis replaced Brendon Nash on defence. Other healthy scratches were Alexander Avtsin and Alain Berger. Goaltender Cedrick Desjardins remains on the injury list along with Leblanc.
Hamilton Bulldogs 1 at Rochester Americans 3
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 – First Niagara Center
Hamilton 0 1 0 – 1
Rochester 1 1 1 – 3
1, Rochester, Finley 1 (Schofield), 11:45.
Penalties-Corbin Ham (holding), 9:33; Tinordi Ham (tripping), 14:17; Biega Rch (high-sticking), 18:15; Quailer Ham (roughing), 18:40; McNabb Rch (roughing), 18:40.
2, Hamilton, Bournival 1 (Holland), 12:09.
3, Rochester, Hodgson 1 (Rankin, Foligno), 12:53. Penalties-Pysyk Rch (delay of game), 19:28.
4, Rochester, Brennan 4 (McNabb, Hodgson), 16:09 (PP).
Penalties-Tinordi Ham (holding), 14:03; St-Denis Ham (high-sticking), 16:00; Geoffrion Ham (roughing), 17:42; Tarnasky Rch (roughing), 17:42.
Shots on Goal-Hamilton 12-9-16-37. Rochester 10-13-9-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Hamilton 0 / 2; Rochester 1 / 4.
Goalies-Hamilton, Delmas 0-1-0 (32 shots-29 saves). Rochester, Leggio 4-2-0 (37 shots-36 saves).
Referees-Chris Ciamaga (24), Terry Koharski (10).
Linesmen-Dan Murphy (21), Jeff Walker (28).
Hamilton Bulldogs 2012-13 Individual Stats