Duncan Milroy’s first professional career hat trick went for naught Tuesday night when the Hamilton Bulldogs dropped a 5-4 decision to the visiting Manitoba Moose.
Milroy put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard first when he netted his team-leading seventh goal of the American Hockey League season just seconds before the midway point of the first period.
That would start a see-saw affair with Manitoba pulling even about three minutes later on Nathan Smith’s counter only to see Milroy score his second of the night 21 seconds later to give Hamilton a 2-1 edge.
With less than two minutes remaining in the first period, Jesse Schultz’s goal put the teams on even terms but only for 17 seconds. Kyle Chipchura’s third goal of the season would give Hamilton a 3-2 lead to end the first 20 minutes.
It took the Moose less than two minutes of play in the second period to knot the score at 3-3 when Jason Jaffray beat Yann Danis.
Milroy restored the Bulldogs lead with his third goal at 3:57.
The Moose then got goals from Lee Goren and Brad Moran to steal the win from Hamilton, who continue to struggle in the third period. Moran also had three assists for the Moose who used the win to edge into second place, one point ahead of the Bulldogs in the Eastern Conference’s North Division, although Hamilton has two games in hand.
Mikhail Grabovski had three assist for the Bulldogs. Hamilton had 28 shots on net while the Moose had 30.
Bulldogs return to action on Saturday night when division leading Rochester Americans, who have only one loss in 15 games, come to Copps Coliseum for a 7 p.m. game. The Amerks have the best overall winning percentage in the 27-team AHL.