Here is part two or week two of the Hamilton Bulldogs 3 Stars Of The Week. The Bulldogs won 1 out of 3 this past week, dropping their 2nd straight in a eventful overtime game against the Toronto Marlies. It was a seesaw battle throughout the night until defensive defensemen Simon Gysbers scored to end the game. They also lost to the powerfully offensive team Rochester Americans in a good tilt where Peter Delmas shined in his first full game performance. On sunday night the Dogs hosted the then unbeaten Abbostford Heat who were also perfect on the penalty kill. The Bulldogs played a solid defensive and hard for checking game to beat the Heat 2-1, where Robert Mayer stopped 28 of 29 shots on net.
Now for my 3 stars,
1st Star Brendan Gallagher: Gallagher scored his first pro goal of his career against the Toronto Marlies, and also had his first pro multi point game of his pro career. Gallagher also had a astonishing 10 shots on net during that 5-4 overtime loss in Hamilton. Gallagher’s comfort level rose by a wide margin during the past 3 games and his knack for driving to the net was very evident in all 3 contests. In total Gallagher had 1 goal, 1 assist, +1 and 15 shots during 3 games this past week.
2nd Star Nathan Beaulieu: Beaulieu had another good set of games this week, even though he did not register any points he was clearly a catalyst for many goals and his offensive play was greatly displayed. Beaulieu did post a +2 and 6 shots on net, while playing top line minutes along side Frederic St. Denis. Beaulieu did have defensive lapses where he giveaway possession, but all rookies will run into mistakes, and experience will only make them better. On The brighter side Beaulieu was a menace in the offensive zone, his vision and break out passes were spot on along with his offensive zone awareness.
3rd Star Frederic St. Denis: St. Denis once again was the anchor on the back end keep things calm and under control. He also chipped in offensively posting his first goal of the year on a beauty pass from Brendan Gallagher against the Marlies. St. Denis was also steady defensively despite taking a couple penalties in the defensive zone, posting a +3. The top paring of Beaulieu and St. Denis has showed some good promise as St. Denis has stepped up his offense game with 6 shots on net and working the powerplay. I expect St. Denis to show up a lot more in my 3 stars as the year goes on.
Honorable Mentions go out to Blake Geoffrion who posted 1 goal, 2 assists and 9 shots on net. Patrick Holland who put up 2 assists along with a +1 and 8 shots. Aaron Palushaj put another goal along with his 6 shots and was all over the offensive zone. My last mention goes out to Joonas Nattinen who played well in a 3rd/4th line role; posting 1 assist and was a +2 .