Bulldogs open season with shootout road win

The visiting Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins, 4-3, in a shootout at Van Andel Arena on Saturday (Oct. 13) to open their American Hockey League 2012-13 season.

Michael Bournival, who had scored in regulation time, netted the game-winning shootout goal. He, along with Brendan Gallagher and Steve Quailer recorded their first professional points with assists.

Hamilton got goals from Blake Geoffrion, Aaron Palushaj, and Gabriel Dumont.

The Bulldogs opened the scoring on Geoffrion’s goal at 17:09 of the first period. Quailer passed the puck to Geoffrion who made a backhand-to-forehand move and put the puck through the pads of goaltender Tom McCollum.

The ‘Dogs doubled their lead with seven seconds remaining in the opening stanza when Palushaj scored.

The Griffins cut the lead in half on a shorthanded tally by Trevor Parkes just 46 seconds into the sandwich period. Landon Ferraro slid a pass to Parkes who snapped a shot from the slot over the right shoulder of netminder Robert Mayer. The hosts tied the score at 5:24 of the period on a goal by Francis Pare. Hamilton regained the lead on Dumont’s counter at 4:53 of the third period when he slid the puck under the pads of McCollum. But Grand Rapids again tied the score at three at 9:39 of the third frame on a powerplay marker by Jeff Hoggan.

After a scoreless overtime period, the two teams went to a shootout and Bournival scored the only goal.

The ‘Dogs outshot the Griffins, 37-20.

The Bulldogs’ next game will be their home-opener on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. when the Toronto Marlies visit Copps Coliseum.