Hamilton Bulldogs got themselves back into the win column on Wednesday night, blanking the River Rats 1-0 in Albany. It was the Bulldogs third American Hockey League win this season against six losses and stopped their losing streak at two. It was also their first win on the road after four tries.
Ajay Baines third goal this campaign, scored almost midway through the first period, was the only offence on the night.
Hamilton netminder Jaroslav Halak earned his fourth career shutout, stopping 27 shots. His River Rats counterpart, Justin Peters, had a busier night and blocked 37 of Hamilton’s 38 shots.
The good news for Bulldogs, who, although they couldn’t score on eight man-advantage situations, stopped the River Rats powerplay eight times, including two five-on-three opportunities in the final period.
The Bulldogs also held the River Rats to just four shots on net in the second period.
Hamilton sits fifth in the six-team North Division with six points, one more than last play Syracuse Crunch. The Crunch visit Copps Coliseum on Friday night for a 7.30 p.m. game. The following night the Houston Aeros come to Copps. The Aeros beat the Bulldogs 2-1 last Friday night in Houston. Saturday’s game starts at 7 p.m.