Bulldogs leave Texas empty handed after two AHL games

Hamilton Bulldogs continue to struggle in the early stages of this American Hockey League schedule. The Bulldogs left Texas with two defeats from two games, losing Saturday night 5-3 to the San Antonio Rampage. That setback came 24 hours after Hamilton lost 2-1 to the Houston Aeros.

The defeats left Hamilton with a 2-6 record and last (sixth) in the North Division.

Four of the Rampage’s goals were scored while they had a man advantage, a situation the Bulldogs could not capitalize on during the eight times they had their power play unit on the ice.

Hamilton actually led twice in the game. In the first period Duncan Milroy’s fourth goal of the season gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead with just under 90 seconds left to play.

It took the Rampage two minutes and 34 seconds of the second period to tie the score on Bill Thomas’s goal. Less than four minutes later San Antonio had the lead on Jeff Taffe’s first of two power play goals on the night.

But Zack Stortini’s third counter this season pulled Hamilton even at 12.29 and 13 seconds later Jonathan Ferland had the Bulldogs ahead again, 3-2.

The celebration was short-lived. Sixty-four seconds later Yanick Lehoux, on the power play, tied the game. Taffe and Kyle Wilson completed the power play scoring in the final period for the Rampage.

Yann Danis faced 31 Rampage shots and Philippe Sauve faced 25 Hamilton shots.

Hamilton plays in Albany on Wednesday night. The Bulldogs are back at their Copps home on Friday for a 7.30 p.m. meeting with their division rivals, the Syracuse Crunch. The Crunch are also 2-6 but a shoot-out loss give them five points, one more than Hamilton.