The stingiest man in the American Hockey League was at it again on Tuesday night.
Bulldogs’ goalie Jaroslav Halak padded his league-leading shutouts by posting his fourth of the season – and seventh in only 23 AHL games – to backstop Hamilton to a 3-0 win over the Milwaukee Admirals. The goose egg, Halak’s second in three games, ties the team record with former Bulldog Steve Passmore for most career shutouts.
Hamilton had beaten the Wisconsin visitors 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at Copps Coliseum.
Halak’s acrobatics – he stopped 32 shots Tuesday night, including a penalty shot – have him leading the league with a 1.20 goals-against average and a save percentage of .957.
A pair of goals by Andrei Kostitsyn – both assisted by Mikhail Grabovski – and a shorthanded empty net marker by Mathieu Roy gave Halak the offensive support he needed.
Kostitsyn extended his team-high point streak to seven games (Nov. 4-28), recording 11 points (5-6-) in that span.
Kostitsyn gave Hamilton a 1-0 lead at 3:44 of the first period and there was no more scoring until the 13 minute mark of the final period.
That goal came two minutes after Halak stopped Ramzi Abid’s penalty shot attempt. Roy scored into the vacant net with just 1:26 left in the game while killing a penalty.
Hamilton had 24 shots on net.
Hamilton visits the Grand Rapids (Mich.) Griffins tonight (Wednesday) and are back at Copps Coliseum Friday for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Toronto Marlies. The fifth place Marlies trail the second place Bulldogs by six points in the Eastern Conference’s North Division
Both games can be heard on 820 CHAM.