WINNIPEG – Cody Hodgson knew that scoring the first regular season goal of his pro career was only a matter of time. Once he got it out of the way, he added another in the shootout for good measure.
The Vancouver Canucks’ prospect scored in regulation and again in the shootout Friday as the Manitoba Moose beat the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-3 in American Hockey League play.
Joel Perrault and Jordan Schroeder also scored in the shootout for Manitoba (4-2-0). The Moose defeated the Bulldogs in a shootout by the same score a night earlier.
Manitoba goalie Tyler Weiman turned away Ryan Russell, Ryan White and Max Pacioretty in the shootout for the win before a crowd of 7,870 at MTS Centre.
“We were creating chances, we were getting scoring opportunities,” Hodgson said. “The time that worries me is when you’re not getting the chances. I knew eventually (my first goal) would come.”
Moose head coach Claude Noel used the same players in the same order for Friday’s shootout as he did Thursday, when Marco Rosa and Schroeder scored.
“I have no philosophies on the shootouts, I just go with who’s going,” Noel said.
While he was satisfied to win back-to-back shootouts, he was more impressed that his team came from behind to send both games into overtime.
“It just showed some willingness to keep digging in and waiting for an opportunity,” Noel added.
Trailing 3-2 in the third, Rosa’s first of the season tied things with 5:30 remaining when his backhand shot trickled through Peter Delmas’ pads.
After a scoreless first, the teams made up for the lack of production with a five-goal second period.
Perrault tallied his first of season 58 seconds in after batting the puck past Delmas, who was making his first pro start after beginning the season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Halifax Mooseheads.
The Bulldogs (2-1-2) replied 39 seconds later on their first power play of the game when defenceman Yannick Weber’s one-timer flew just inside the post past Weiman.
The goal was Weber’s fifth of the season. He leads the team with nine points in five games.
Hamilton then stretched its lead to 3-1 on goals 36 seconds apart by David Desharnais and Jimmy Dumont before Hodgson started the Manitoba rally.
“If you don’t win (a game), no matter how it’s disappointing, but I was encouraged by our second outing here,” Hamilton head coach Randy Cunneyworth said.
“I thought we did a much better job in our own end and took care of the puck. Any opportunities (the Moose had), we kind of made the mistakes ourselves.”
He was also encouraged by Delmas, a 20-year-old native of Bedford, N.S., who was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round (61st overall) of the 2008 NHL entry draft.
“He handled the stress very well and I thought he played a very solid game,” Cunneyworth added.
Manitoba closed the gap less than two minutes later when Hodgson notched his first of the season on the power play at 15:00.
The Moose ended the period with their sixth power play of the game, but headed to the dressing room still down 3-2.
Weiman stopped 27 shots for the win, while at the other end Delmas finished with 24 saves.