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HAMILTON, Ont. -- Zach Collaros and the Hamilton defence made the Tiger-Cats debut at Tim Hortons Field a victorious one. Collaros threw for 317 yards and a TD in his first game against his former team while a stingy Hamilton defence held Toronto to just 146 net yards as the Ticats edged the Argonauts 13-12 before an energetic Labour Day Monday gathering of 18,135. "I cant say enough about the fans," Collaros said. "They really carried us through that whole game and I think it helped us. "Anytime you can shut down a Hall of Fame quarterback like Ricky Ray holding him to 12 points and they play defence like that, we better win the game. We did just enough to do so." Collaros finished 27-of-38 passing against Toronto, the team he spent two seasons backing up Ray before signing with Hamilton this off-season as a free agent. The game was also Collaross first since suffering a concussion July 4 against Edmonton. Toronto (3-7) suffered its third straight loss yet remains atop the East Division. However Hamilton (2-6) and Montreal (2-7) are tied for second with Ottawa (1-8) just four points back. Although Hamiltons offence 22 first downs and 364 total yards, it was also its own worst enemy with untimely penalties and the inability to finish drives. Hamilton was flagged 17 times for 111 yards and receiver Bakari Grant and running back Moissis Madu both dropped first-half TD passes. Fortunately, Hamiltons defence was stellar, holding Toronto to just nine first downs. Ray finished 16-of-29 passing for 142 yards and became the youngest player in CFL history to reach 50,000 career passing yards, but didnt achieve the milestone until connecting with Jason Barnes on a 37-yard completion in the fourth quarter. Still, Toronto had two late shots to pull out the win. The offence took the ball at its 32-yard line after recovering Madus fumble with 32 seconds remaining but the Ticats tackled Mike Bradwell on the games final play to preserve the win. And earlier in the fourth, backup Jeremiah Masoli fumbled at the Toronto one-yard line, which Jamie Robinson recovered and lateralled to Vincent Agnew to give the Argos the ball at their 20-yard line. "Its about time we had something good happen to these men in this room and how hard they practised and played and prepared," said Ticats head coach/GM Kent Austin. "That being said, we dropped two touchdown passes, we fumbled on the one-yard line. "Thank goodness the defence played so well. They gave us an opportunity to win." Tim Hortons Field was impressive despite sections still remaining a construction zone as work continues there. As a result, the seating capacity for Mondays game was about 18,000 -- which included Canadian John Saunders and Chris Berman of ESPN-- roughly 6,000 short of capacity once the facility is finally completed. And that didnt take away from the party-like atmosphere as fans began their traditional "Argos Suck" chant shortly after the visitors came to the field, then broke out into a loud rendition of "Oskie Wee Wee," after Hamiltons Frederic Plesius recovered Trent Guys fumble on the opening kickoff to set up Justin Medlocks 29-yard field goal just 1:25 into the contest. Torontos issues were turnovers as twice they lost fumbles on special teams as well as a Ray interception. Swazye Waters was the clubs most potent weapon, averaging 53.5 yards on 13 punts. "Its very disappointing," said Argos head coach Scott Milanovich. "To waste such a good effort by our defence and the way they stood up and forced that turnover at the one-yard line to give us a chance and we couldnt take advantage of it. "Its a tough one to take. Its turnovers again. Thats the name of the game and weve got to find a way to hold on to the football." Toronto is off till Sept, 13 when it visits the Calgary Stampeders. The expectation is injured slotbacks Chad Owens and Andre Durie -- two key figures in the Argos offensive attack -- will both be back. "Im looking forward to getting Chad and Dre (Durie) back and getting back to work," Milanovich said. "They (Argos players) believe this will turn around for them and if you cant dream its not going to happen. "Give them credit, they were great on defence but I felt like we think we let one slip away. We had this game for the taking . . . nothing will take away from the fact we couldnt get a field goal in the fourth quarter to win the game." Ray said theres a simply solution to cure Torontos woes: Play better. "You cant feel sorry or wait for something good to happen," he said. "Were just not playing good enough to win right now. "Offensively thats sustaining drives and were not staying out there and putting good drives together. We turned the football over which hurt us. Weve just got to get back to playing good football, thats the bottom line." Hamilton improved to 27-13-1 all-time on Labour Day versus Toronto as both teams donned their signature third jerseys -- white and powder blue for Toronto, black with gold numbers for Hamilton. The second half featured precious little offence as Medlocks conceded safety at 2:34 of the third accounted for all the scoring. Grant had Hamiltons touchdown. Medlock had two field goals and a convert. Guy scored Torontos touchdown. Waters added the convert and single, with the other points coming on two safeties. Rays 20-yard TD strike to Guy at 14:38 cut Hamiltons half-time lead to 13-10, a score that flattered the Argos given they had just 89 total yards offensively the entire first half, 98 of which came on the Guy touchdown march. The Ticats did their part with two crucial penalties on the drive and were flagged 13 times for 87 yards in the first half alone. Waters was Torontos first-half star with an 80-yard punt single and twice putting Hamilton on its one-yard line with booming boots. Hamilton dominated play in the opening quarter, starting with Plesius fumble recovery on the opening kickoff then when Collaros hit Grant on a nine-yard TD strike at 7:06 to put the Ticats ahead 10-1. The Tim Hortons Field faithful celebrated the first-ever touchdown at the stadium by throwing the promotional mini footballs they received prior to the contest on to the field. Ray was 7-of-16 passing for 65 yards while Collaros completed 14-of-18 attempts for 189 yards. 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After the game, he stunned the 19-year-old rookie mid-interview with a red pillow smothered with blue shaving cream right in the face. "Ohhh! My eyes!" said Wilson, who doubled over and had to retreat from the locker room to the shower room to get a towel and get the sting out. Wilson returned moments later to discuss his role in the Capitals 6-2 win Tuesday night over the New York Islanders. It is hard to overshadow Ovechkin, but Wilson gave it his best shot with his first assist, first goal and first wise decision to pass up a fight against Matt Carkner, who was baiting the youngster in the games final minutes. "He kind of joked around that he was trying to get me the Gordie Howe (hat trick), but I dont think my first Goldie Howe would want to be against him -- hes a pretty tough character," said Wilson, who kept pausing between answers to put his hand to his burning eyes. Ovechkin was obviously happy for Wilson, but the three-time NHL MVP was also all smiles about his own performance. After being sidelined for two games, he scored twice on the power play in a five-goal second period for the Capitals, who have won three straight and are above .500 for the first time this season (8-7). "I felt pretty refreshed out there," said Ovechkin, who has 12 goals this season. "Of course I had a few days off, had a couple of breaks, but I feel pretty good." John Carlson, Marcus Johansson and Alexander Urbom also scored for the Capitals, who went 4 for 6 on the power play. Niccklas Backstrom had three assists, and Braden Holtby made 34 saves.dddddddddddd John Tavares and Kyle Okposo scored for the Islanders, who had won two in a row. Evgeni Nabokov had 33 saves. "Our special teams werent very good. Our PK has to be better," Tavares said. 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NOTES: Washington has outscored opponents 26-13 in the second period this season. ... Wilson got his first NHL point with the primary assist on Urboms goal. ... The loss opened a four-game road trip for the Islanders. ... Thomas Vanek, in his fourth game since being acquired in a trade from Buffalo, led the Islanders with seven shots. ' ' '

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