The Hamilton Bulldogs had their first pre-season game today versus the Toronto Marlies, which finished in a 3 to 1 loss for Hamilton.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring with a goal from Stephen MacAuley, assisted from Jarred Tinordi and Aaron Palushaj. But the Marlies responded with three unanswered goals, including a tipped point shot scored by Brad Ross, a power play goal by Greg Scott and an empty netter by Grant McKegg.
The Bulldogs did without forwards Leblanc, Quailer, Gallagher and Bournival, basically their entire second line and first line center and struggled to produce offense. Top defender St. Denis was also a healthy scratch. This should be a good sign though that the 3 AHL rookies have secured their spots in the lineup. Morgan Ellis appears to still be injured and did not dress.
Beaulieu-Pateryn formed a very effective pairing for the Bulldogs, Beaulieu was very notable for his abilities with the puck while Pateryn was impressively physical. Beaulieu was also the only defenseman used for the end of game 6 on 5.
The two teams will have a rematch Monday in the only other pre-season game for Hamilton. Their regular season begins on October 13th against the Red Wings affiliated Grand Rapids.
In other news, Alex Galchenyuk has had a breakout in scoring over the past 2 games with 3 goals and 3 assists (including a 2 goal, 2 assist game) bringing him to 9 points in 6 games, about the pace expected of him.
The university of North Dakota had their first pre-season game, Habs prospects scored 3 goals of their team’s 5 goals in a a 3-1 win, with 2 for Mark MacMillian and 1 for Danny Kristo.