Geoffrion sparks Bulldogs four-goal rally

Blake Geoffrion scored two goals including the game-winner and Brendan Gallagher added a goal and an assist as the Bulldogs fired four answered goals in the second period to erase a 2-0 lead the Amerks had established in the first period. Mike Blunden had the other Bulldogs counter.

For Gallagher, the win cost him $250. He has pledged to donate $250 for every Bulldogs win and $20 for every Vancouver Giants (his former Junior A team) victory during the month of November to the Canadian Cancer Society for prostate cancer research.

After a scoreless opening period on Saturday, the Amerks struck at 2:38 of the second frame on a goal by Brian Flynn. Marcus Foligno was stationed at the bottom of the right circle and slid a pass to Flynn who one-timed the puck from the slot past goaltender Robert Mayer.

The Americans doubled the lead with Flynn’s second goal of the game 10 minutes later. He raced down the left side and wired a shot past Mayer.

Geoffrion put Hamilton got on the board at 9:42 of the third period. With an unprotected puck resting in the crease, Geoffrion tapped it in past netminder Connor Knapp.

Just less than three minutes later, the Bulldogs pulled even when Gallagher hit pay dirt. Patrick Holland’s point shot bounced out to Gallagher in the slot and he made no mistake on the return missile.

Hamilton took the lead on Blunden’s powerplay effort less than two minutes later. Nathan Beaulieu took aim from the point and his shot tipped Blunden and went in the net. Beaulieu’s assist was his first professional point.

The ‘Dogs finished their scoring with Geoffrion’s second goal. He flew down the right side and put a shot on Knapp before sliding his rebound past Knapp.

Rochester got a third goal from Nick Tarnasky at 16:22 of the final frame.

The Bulldogs outshot the Americans 34-27.

Twenty-four hours earlier, the Bulldogs lost their fire power when they needed it most.

After overcoming a 2-0 deficit to force overtime and then a shootout, the visiting Bulldogs left Rochester with a 3-2 loss. Rochester outscored their guest, 3-1, in the shoot out frame for the win.

The Amerks opened the scoring at 6:31 of the opening frame on Zemgus Girgensons’ first professional goal. They doubled their lead at 2:02 of the third stanza on a powerplay marker by Kevin Porter.

But 41 seconds later Gallagher pulled Hamilton to within a goal. Brendon Nash’s shot from the right point was tipped by Gallagher to elude goaltender David Leggio.

Hamilton tied the game at 15:39 of the third frame on a goal by Darryl Boyce. After Frederic St-Denis took a shot from the point, Boyce knocked in the rebound for his first goal as a Hamilton Bulldog.

In the shootout, Phil Varone, Brian Flynn and Marcus Foligno scored for the Americans while Boyce scored the lone goal in the shootout for the Bulldogs.

Mayer faced 36 shots in the Hamilton net while Leggio handled 31.

The Bulldogs’ next game is Wednesday (Nov. 7) at 7:30 p.m. when the Syracuse Crunch visit Copps.