Part 3 of the Bulldogs 3 Stars Of The Week. This time my 3 stars were solely based on the two home-in-home games against their bitter rivals the Rochester Americans. In a very close game where the Dogs scored 2 late goals to come back and force an overtime, which then solved nothing. The Amerks were able to put 3 goals past Mayer over the Dogs lone goal to win the first of a back to back, home-of-home series. The second game in Hamilton started relativiy the same when the Americans were up 2-0 until, the flood gates opened and the Dogs potted 4 straight goals lead by Blake Geoffrion. There were also some good tilts from Stortini v. Tarnasky and Boyce v. McNabb and Gallagher also fought Patrick Roy’s son Fredrick Roy in the first game. November 3rd Game Highlights: Rochester @ Hamilton
1st Star Brendan Gallagher: Gallagher picked up were he left off from the week before scoring a total of 2 times in 2 games and adding 1 assist, 5 shots and 7 penalty minutes including a fight. Gallagher has really picked up his game since the first 2 weeks of the season and has really settled in to playing his game. Brendan was my first star last week and I just had to pick him again as he just keeps on improving every game. Also heis supporting the Movember cause by donating $250 to every win by the Bulldogs and $20 to every win by his former junior team the Vancouver Giants in the month of November.
2nd Star Blake Geoffrion: Geoffrion was one of my honorable mentions last week and for the first time cracks my 3 stars of the week with an excellent week of hockey. Geoffrion was the catalyst in the 3rd period comeback against the Amerks with 2 very important goals on Saturday night. Geoffrion has steadily improved his offensive game after a slow start to the season and is tied for the team lead with 4 goals and 2 assists with Brendan Gallagher. Geoffrion has also shown excellent speed, strength and pursuit once he steps on the ice he gives his all on every shift and plays a hard up tempo style game.
3rd Star Robert Mayer: Mayer had an excellent weekend of hockey stopping 57 of 62 shots he faced in a back to back effort, where the Dogs claimed 3 points out of a possible 4. Mayer’s game has definitely improved since last season but his consistency is still a question mark for the time being, since hes only played a hand-full of games thus far. Mayer showed that he has an excellent glove hand through the two contests especially the 2nd game were he made a number of great glove hand stops. All 3 goals in Saturday night’s contest were on his blocker side or mainly his stick side. Mayer also showed he has good lateral movement, he read the cross ice passes and stayed positioned and square to the shooter at all times.
Honorable mentions this week go out to Patrick Holland who had 1 assist and 3 shots, Gabriel Dumont had 1 assist and 4 shots and Jarred Tinordi 1 assist 3 shots and was very good defensively, also doing his best Hal Gill impression on a 5-on-3 penalty kill.