#MMC Three Stars for Game Five
The OHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs became the first team at the Mastercard Memorial Cup to knock off the QMJHL’s Acadie-Bathurst Titan, registering a 3-2 victory Tuesday night.
Two power-play goals from the Bulldogs served as the difference maker, leaving Hamilton and Acadie-Bathurst tied in tournament play with identical 2-1 records.
The three stars of the game are selected by members of NHL Central Scouting.
Benjamin Gleason, D, Hamilton Bulldogs
1G-1A, -2, 4 SOG
The 20-year-old product of Ortonville, MI opened the scoring with a one-timer from the point, registering the Bulldogs’ first power-play goal of the evening 14:33 into the first period. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound defenceman didn’t stop there. With Hamilton holding a one-goal lead early in the third period, Gleason dished to Robert Thomas, setting up the Bulldogs’ second power-play marker of the evening only 1:04 into the end period, extending the advantage to 3-1. Gleason finished his night with two points (1G-1A), a minus-2 rating and four shots on goal.
Jeffrey Truchon-Viel, LW, Acadie-Bathurst Titan
1G-1A, +1, 7 SOG
The prospect of the San Jose Barracuda continued his tear through the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup, recording his third consecutive multipoint performance of the tournament, logging two points (1G-1A) Tuesday night. The product of Rimouski, QC made it a 2-1 game in the second period, tapping in a two-on-one feed from Noah Dobson. In the third period, Truchon-Viel broke down the right wing before stopping along the half wall, firing a laser pass to Samuel Asselin in the slot who redirected it home. Truchon-Viel finished with two points (1G-1A), a plus-1 rating and seven shots on goal. He now leads the tournament in scoring with nine points (3G-6A).
Robert Thomas, C, Hamilton Bulldogs
1G-1A, E, 2 SOG
St. Louis Blues prospect Robert Thomas was once again one of the best players on the ice, propelling the Bulldogs to victory with a goal and an assist. With a 2-1 lead and the game hanging in the balance in the third period, Thomas wired a wrist shot just below the cross bar to the glove side, giving Hamilton a 3-1 lead they would not relinquish. Following a Samuel Asselin goal, Thomas’ tally stood up as the eventual game-winner. The product of Aurora, ON finished the night with two points (1G-1A), an even rating and two shots on goal.