Goaltender Jaroslav Halak stopped all 20 of the shots he faced recording his second shutout of the season and fourth win in as many starts, leading the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 5-0 victory over the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights on Tuesday night at Copps Coliseum.
The win moves Hamilton into second place in the American Hockey League’s North Division standings with a 7-6-0-1 record.
Hamilton took a 2-0 first period lead by scoring their fastest two goals in franchise history. Kyle Chipchura, with his first of the year, opened the scoring at the 14:46 mark and just seven seconds later Jonathan Ferland (4) scored to break the club’s previous record of two goals in eight seconds. Jason Chimera (now with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets) and Jani Rita (now with Jokerit Helsinki) set the mark on Dec. 9, 2001 against the Grand Rapids Griffins.
Back-up goaltender Curtis McElhinney replaced Brent Krahn between the pipes for Omaha on the Bulldogs’ second goal. McElhinney played the remainder of the opening frame but Krahn returned at the start of the second period and finished the game for the Knights.
Mathieu Aubin (2) rounded out the first period scoring at 18:53 to put the ‘Dogs up 3-0. Michael Lambert and Corey Locke both assisted on the power-play goal.
Hamilton increased its lead in the second period when Lambert (3) took a pass from Maxim Lapierre behind the Knights’ net and made the score 4-0.
The Bulldogs added a late goal with 1:02 left in the game, courtesy of Mikhail Grabovski (3). Grabovski was stopped on the first attempt but tapped in his own rebound.
Jaroslav Halak moved into a third-place tie in all-time Bulldogs shutouts with five in 19 career AHL games.
The Bulldogs travel to Iowa to play the Stars on Friday and Saturday.The Bulldogs next home game is Tuesday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. against division rivals, the Manitoba Moose. Gametime is 7:30 p.m.
Games can also be heard on 820 CHAM with a pre-game show beginning 20 minutes prior to the opening faceoff. Games are also available at www.hamiltonbulldogs.com by clicking on the B2 Networks or 820 CHAM icons on the ‘Dogs website.