Bulldogs split weekend games with Iowa Stars

In a reversal of fortunes, the Hamilton Bulldogs returned home with a 3-2 American Hockey League win over the Iowa Stars on Saturday.

The night before, the Stars hung a 3-2 loss on the Bulldogs.
Hamilton remains in second place in the AHL’s Eastern Conference’s North Division. That sets up a key game on Tuesday when division rivals, the Manitoba Moose come to Hamilton for a 7.30 p.m. meeting with the Bulldogs at Copps Coliseum. Manitoba (6-8-2-2) is in third place with 16 points, one point back of Hamilton (8-7-0-1).

Michael Lambert, with his fourth of the season, Dan Jancevski, with his first of the campaign, and Kyle Chipchura, with his second this season, gave Hamilton the win. Jancevski played 77 games with the Stars last season.
Hamilton had led 3-0 before Iowa rallied. Hamilton native Kyrs Barch and Vojtech Polak scored for the Stars, who sit in third place in the Western Conference’s West Division with a 10-7 mark.

Yann Danis stopped 24 of the 26 shots he faced for his fourth win this year. The Bulldogs had 35 shots on Tobias Stephan.

The Bulldogs scored once on the three powerplay situations they had while keeping the Stars off the scoresheet on Iowa’s three extra-man advantages.

On Friday night, Ajay Baines picked up his fourth and fifth goals in the 3-2 loss to the Stars. That loss stopped Hamilton’s win streak at three games.

Jaroslav Halak’s shutout streak of 117 minutes and 22 seconds was broken when at the 10:51 mark of the first period when Junior Lessard scored. Joel Lundqvist and Mike Green had the other Iowa goals.scored the eventual game-winning goal.

Danis replaced Halak in net for Hamilton immediately after Green’s goal, 25 seconds into the second period, and finished the game.