Baby Buds News and Notes

By Kevin Kelly

The St. John’s Maple Leafs opened their AHL preseason
with a loss as the Hamilton Bulldogs scored four
consecutive goals to beat the Leafs 5-4 in Hamilton
September 25th.

Carson Germyn, attending the Leafs camp on a tryout
had a goal and an assist, along with Morgan Warren.
Brad Boyes tallied a shorthanded marker in the first
period and new acquisition Brad Leeb also tallied for
the Blue and White.

Hamilton got goals from Sean McAslan, Mike Bishai,
Jeff Zehr and Jerome Marois.

Jamie Hodson was solid in the Baby Leafs net, stopping
12 out of the 13 shots he faced in 30 minutes of work.
Replacement J-F Racine didn’t fare as well, allowing
four goals on 15 shots.

The Leafs will face the Manitoba Moose this weekend in
two preseason tilts in Thunder Bay, Ontario before
opening the 2002-03 campaign October 9th against the
Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins.

St. John’s Maple Leafs lineup-subject to change:

Goalies: Jamie Hodson; J-F Racine

Defence: Jay Harrison, Regan Kelly, Chris
Barr(tryout), Petr Svoboda (did not play because of
pulled groin), Allan Rourke, Vaclav Zavoral, Dmitri
Yakushin (heading to St. John’s after visa problems
according to Toronto Sun)

Forwards: Riley Cote, Brad Boyes, Craig Mills, Robb
Palahnuk, Luca Cereda, Morgan Warren, Bob Wren,
Jonathan Gagnon, Carsen Germyn(tryout), Nathan
Barrett, Brad Leeb

Leaf notes:

The Leafs have announced they will have a working
agreement with the Greensboro Generals of the East
Coast Hockey League.

Bonavista, Newfoundland native Michael Ryder assigned
to the Bulldogs by the Montreal Canadiens earlier this
week did not play in the game.

Some local hockey fans are disappointed that the Baby
Leafs will not play any preseason tilts in the
province of Newfoundland this season. It has been a
common practice in past years for the team to play
preseason games in other areas of the province.

Goalie Mikael Tellqvist, who struggled last season in
St. John’s, is playing extremely well for Toronto in
preseason action. He did not allow a goal in Toronto’s
3-3 tie with the Sabres on Wednesday. Sebastien
Centomo, who was the Baby Leafs #1 goalie last season
allowed 3 goals on 26 shots. 18,508 fans attended the
preseason tilt in Toronto and Karel Pilar had two
assists for Toronto.