Matt Frattin was absolutely stunning in his return.

Kudos to the sharp-shooting forward who returned to the lineup Friday night ready to play. Apparently the news if Frattin’s eligibility came so close to game time that the bus had to hold back a few extra minutes for him to arrive. And judging by the result, there was no better way to spend that extra time.

Frattin came out roaring with the game’s opening goal, and then a second later on to draw the Marlies to within one of the Bulldogs.

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If we were to reach back to the final final game of the regular season this past April, Frattin has scored 14 goals and three assists for 17 points over a 15 game span. What kind of ranking would that give him on NHL 12?

I thought I’d give all of you who predicted ahead of the game that Frattin would score the opening goal a little recognition. Kind of an ode to all you smarty pants out there; I was flabbergasted by how many nailed it:

Unfortunately a win wasn’t in the cards, even after Jerry D’Amigo’s tying goal in the third. Thankfully the two teams get to do it all again tomorrow. The Marlies once previously this season lost a Friday night game to the Bulldogs in Hamilton, and then came back to wallop them at home on Saturday. Anyone remember the score?

Anyway, that’s it for me.

Still can’t believe Frattin notched a pair in his debut.

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