Halak takes lead in shutouts, blanking Syracuse 2-0 in AHL play

In turning aside 26 saves, Halak not only picked up his fifth shutout of this American Hockey League season and the eighth of his pro career, but he passed Steve Passmore for the team lead in all-time shutouts. His five shutouts tie him for the single-season franchise record with former ‘Dog Eric Heffler (1999-2000) and current teammate Yann Danis (2004-2005).

The win improved Hamilton’s record to 15-10-0-1.

Mikhail Grabovski (7) scored Hamilton’s first goal at 16.05 of the second period, connecting on the power play to beat former Bulldog goalie Ty Conklin. Dan Jancevski and Andrei Kostitsyn picked up the assists.

Kostitsyn, with the hot hand, gave the Bulldogs their second goal, scoring into an empty net with 36 seconds left in the game. The goal, with Mathieu Roy earning the lone assist, was Kostitsyn’s fifth point in his last two games. Hamilton had 30 shots on Conklin.

Hamilton scored on one of its three extra-man situations while the Bulldogs penalty killing unit shutdown the Crunch’s three powerplays.

The next game for the Bulldogs will be a return to Rochester to play the Americans who beat Hamilton on Saturday night, 6-3. Hamilton’s next home game is Friday, Dec. 22 against the visiting Albany River Rats.