Peoria Rivermen sink Bulldogs with effort from special teams

It’s sounding like a broken record but short-handed goals are proving to be a major problem for the Hamilton Bulldogs. The ‘Dogs allowed Peoria to score while they were killing off a penalty and it helped the visiting Rivermen to take a 4-2 American Hockey League decision away from Hamilton.

Bulldogs Zack Stortini tries to put a fighting spirit into his teammates. (Photo: Ron Bernardo)

The Bulldogs have given up a goal in three of the five games they have played while on the powerplay and have lost four straight after their opening season win. Their record is 1-4. Peoria’s other three markers at Copps Coliseum on Saturday night came while they had the man advantage.

Peoria took a 2-0 first period lead with two power-play goals. David Backes opened the scoring at 11:11. Mike Glumac rounded out the first period scoring at the 14:06.

Hamilton’s Michael Lambert scored on a backhand rebound off a Matt D’Agostini shot at 5:06 of the second period to narrow the score to 2-1. Corey Locke also received an assist on the goal, his 69th career helper, moving past former Bulldog Joe Hulbig into 10th place on the Bulldogs all-time assists list.

The Rivermen added their third power-play goal of the game at 12:01 of the second period when Backes tallied again to give Peoria a 3-1 lead.

The Bulldogs pulled within a goal for the second time when Maxim Lapierre scored his third goal of the season at 13:20 of the second period. Patrick Traverse’s assist was his first point of the season.

Peoria completed the scoring when Cam Keith scored the shorthanded goal at the 16:17 of the final frame.

Bulldogs goaltender Jaroslav Halak stopped 26 of 30 shots he faced. Rivermen netminder Marek Schwarz made 31 saves on 33 shots. Hamilton was 0-8 on the power play while Peoria went 3-5 with the man advantage.

The Bulldogs next action is on Wednesday (Oct. 25), 7:30 p.m. against the Toronto Marlies at Copps Coliseum. Marlies were 5-4 winners over the ‘Dogs on Friday night at Copps.