Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Holland Scores First Professional Goal in Bulldogs' 4-1 Win over Marlies

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Holland Scores First Professional Goal in Bulldogs' 4-1 Win over Marlies

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Holland scores 1st pro goal in Bulldogs' win

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HAMILTON - Patrick Holland made the best impression he could hope for in his home debut at Copps Coliseum.

The American Hockey League rookie scored the eventual winner in the second period of the Hamilton Bulldogs' 4-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies on Friday and added an assist for good measure.

"We were fired up," said Aaron Palushaj of Holland's goal. "Whenever someone gets their first pro goal, it's an exciting time. It didn't take two months to get it either.

"He's a heck of a player, and it was fun for him."

Louis Leblanc scored his first two goals of the season for the Bulldogs (2-0-0) and Aaron Palushaj also scored.

Jake Gardiner scored the lone goal for the Marlies (1-2-0).

"He struggled a little bit to start," said Sylvain Lefebvre, Hamilton's head coach, of Holland. "He got hurt in the first period but came back. That's when he started to play better. The goal he scored was because of a battle in front of the net, and they're not always going to be pretty goals. But he battled and got that rebound."

Hamilton rode the goaltending of Robert Mayer to victory, as he stopped 38 of the 39 shots he faced. Toronto's Ben Scrivens made 26 saves.

"He was the key for us all night long," said Lefebvre of Mayer. "He made some big saves, and on the goal that was scored, the puck was deflected by (Zack) Stortini trying to block the shot. Things will happen like that. But he was by far the key to our win tonight."

Blake Geoffrion had Hamilton's first scoring chance of the opening period with eight minutes remaining, keeping the puck on a two-on-one break and finding the post with the resulting wrist shot.

Mayer was the standout of the first, producing 16 saves to hold Toronto off of the scoreboard. The Bulldogs were outshot by a 16 to six margin in the period.

"I think without him in net, it's a totally different game," said Palushaj. "We didn't play a very good first period and he kept us in it.

"It could have been 4- or 5-1 in the first."

Toronto carried play once again in the second period, but were still unable to solve Mayer. The Bulldogs took advantage late in the period, and doubled their lead at the 17:44 mark through the winger Holland. …

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