Road trip begins with a loss in Houston for Bulldogs

Hamilton Bulldogs began a three-game road series on the losing end of a 2-1 score Friday night in Texas. The loss to the Houston Aeros was Hamilton’s fourth one-goal defeat of the American Hockey League season and left the Bulldogs record at 2-5.

Houston opened the scoring at 8:04 of the first period when Sudbury Wolves graduate Benoit Pouliot scored his fifth goal of the season to lead all AHL rookies.

Ryan Hamilton gave the Aeros a 2-0 lead at 9:39 of the second period.

The Bulldogs got their marker at 11:05 of the final frame when Zack Stortini registered his second goal of the season. Andrei Kostitsyn and Maxim Lapierre picked up assists.

Lapierre has picked up at least one point for a team-leading fourth consecutive game while Corey Locke’s three-game point streak was snapped.

Hamilton goaltender Jaroslav Halak stopped 34 of 36 shots. Houston netminder Josh Harding made 20 saves on 21 shots. Neither team was successful on the power play. Hamilton went 0-for-5, Houston was 0-for-6.

Attendance was 5,031.

Zack Stortini finally broke Lapierre’s run as hardest working Bulldog of the game.

The Bulldogs play tonight (Saturday) in San Antonio against the Rampage. The 7 p.m. game can be heard on 820 CHAM. Hamilton then plays in Albany on Nov. 1 before returning home for a Friday (Nov. 3) game at 7:30 p.m. against the Syracuse Crunch at Copps.