Hamilton Junior Red Wings fired enough rubber at Buffalo Junior Sabres netminder John Dorman he could have opened a Goodyear tire plant.
The 19-year-old native of Bellwood, Pa., turned aside 48 of the 49 pucks Wings shooters directed his way to allow the Sabres to take a 1-1 Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League tie back to Buffalo. Only defenceman Derek Szasz’s second period goal, his first in his second term of Junior A play, would elude the 6-5, 215-pound wall of Dorman at the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena.
Szasz, a native of Brantford, raced from the blue line to tap a cross crease pass from Mike Galbraith into the net. But before the period was over, Chris Kaleta of Angola, N.Y., would score his first goal of the season to give the Sabres a tie.
Hamilton did everything to break the stalemate – except score – in the third period and the five minute overtime frame when Dorman faced 24 shots in total, 17 in the final period and seven in the extra session. His counterpart, Cam Talbot, handled 18 shots.
The Wings will get an 11-day break before jumping back into league play when they visit the Merchants in Milton on Friday, Oct. 13 and then travel to Buffalo the following night to play the Sabres again.
Hamilton has acquired forward and Hamilton native Marc Hagel, 18, from the Oakville Blades for future considerations. Hagel, a 5-10, 172 pound forward, is the younger brother of former star Red Wings’ defenseman Kyle Hagel.