Louis Leblanc did it again for the Hamilton Bulldogs.
The former first Canadiens first round draft choice scored his second goal of the game at 1:26 of overtime to give the Bulldogs a 4-3 win over the Rochester Americans Friday night. It was the second straight game Leblanc scored the overtime winner and, after recording zero points through his first four games of the season, he has five points, including three goals in his last two.
Also scoring for the Bulldogs were Nick Tarnasky, his fourth and Magnus Nygren. For the Americans, who twice trailed in the game by two goals, it was Luke Adam, Frederic Roy and Braydon McNabb. (Game summary and team season statistics below)
With the win the Bulldogs moved into a tie with the Toronto Marlies for first place in the AHL’s North Division.
……..The game’s three stars were 1. Louis Leblanc; 2. Magnus Nygren; 3. Nick Tarnasky.
……..After going 0-for-19 on the power play to start the season, the Bulldogs scored 3 goals on 7 opportunities in the game.
……..Tarnasky, in the past considered an enforcer, leads the Bulldogs with 4 goals in six games. He scored 16 with Rochester last season.
……..Another strong game from 20 year old rookie Sven Andrighetto. His assist leaves him in a tie for the team scoring lead with Tarnasky and defenceman Nygren at five points.
……..Magnus Nygren, who was ‘defenceman of the year’ in Sweden last season, scored a goal and assist in the game. The goal was his first in North America. He has five points in his first six AHL games.
……..Defenceman Jarred Tinordi played his first game for the Bulldogs this season after being re-assigned Wednesday by the Canadiens.
…….Hamilton regulars Michael Bournival, Mike Blunden, Patrick Holland, Nathan Beaulieu and Greg Pateryn remain with the Canadiens along with Christian Thomas who is rehabilitating a training camp abdominal injury. Defenceman Darren Dietz remained out of the lineup with a lower body injury. Left wing Steve Quailer was a healthy scratch.
……Rochester is the AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres.
……This was a first of a three game weekend for the Bulldogs. They travel to Utica New York for a Saturday night game and return to Hamilton for a Sunday afternoon meeting with the Toronto Marlies.
Friday, October 25, 2013 – Copps Coliseum
Rochester 0 3 0 0 – 3
Hamilton 1 2 0 1 – 4
1, Hamilton, Tarnasky 4 (Nystrom, Chouinard), 11:22 (PP).
Penalties-Tarnasky Ham (delay of game), 4:54; Zigomanis Rch (boarding), 10:02; Schaller Rch (holding), 13:27; Sundher Rch (hooking), 17:51.
2, Hamilton, Leblanc 2 (Duffy, Nygren), 2:10 (PP).
3, Rochester, Adam 6 (Sulzer, McNabb), 7:14 (PP).
4, Hamilton, Nygren 1 (Andrighetto, St. Pierre), 8:17 (PP).
5, Rochester, Roy 1 (Gillies, Jacobs), 10:52.
6, Rochester, McNabb 1 (Varone, Ruhwedel), 19:55.
Penalties-Sulzer Rch (tripping), 0:43; Leblanc Ham (holding), 6:42; Zigomanis Rch (hooking), 7:35; Varone Rch (roughing), 11:39; Dumont Ham (roughing, unsportsmanlike conduct), 11:39; Roy Rch (fighting), 14:52; McIver Ham (fighting), 14:52; Andrighetto Ham (elbowing), 16:43.
Penalties-Jacobs Rch (hooking), 6:01; Catenacci Rch (slashing), 15:20; McIver Ham (slashing), 15:20; served by Roy Rch (bench minor – too many men), 18:34.
7, Hamilton, Leblanc 3 (Schiestel, Dumont), 1:26.
Shots on Goal-Rochester 7-11-12-0-30. Hamilton 13-9-6-4-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Rochester 1 / 4; Hamilton 3 / 7.
Goalies-Rochester, Lieuwen 2-1-0 (32 shots-28 saves). Hamilton, Mayer 1-1-1 (30 shots-27 saves).
Referees-Mark Lemelin (41), Jean-Philippe Sylvain (16).
Linesmen-Cory Piche (22), Kevin Hastings (61).
Hamilton Bulldogs 2013-14 Individual Stats
|2||Greg Pateryn (X)||5||2||2||4||3||4||1||1||12||16.7|
|14||Mike Blunden (X)||3||2||1||3||3||4||0||0||7||28.6|
|93||Martin St. Pierre||3||0||3||3||0||4||0||0||8||0.0|
|37||Patrick Holland (X)||4||1||1||2||4||0||0||1||6||16.7|
|8||Nathan Beaulieu (X)||1||0||0||0||1||2||0||0||3||0.0|