Bulldogs hot on the tails of Rochester, down Amerks 3-2

Hamilton Bulldogs could give themselves a belated Christmas gift tonight – first place in the North Division of the American Hockey League’s Western Conference.

The Bulldogs go into tonight’s game against the Manitoba Moose at Copps Coliseum trailing the Rochester American by one point. And that’s because of Hamilton’s 3-2 win over the Amerks on Tuesday night in Rochester.

Nine Bulldogs put their names onto the score sheet as Hamilton picked up its 20th win this season and kept a hot streak alive. The Bulldogs have picked up at least one point in seven straight games.

Ajay Baines’ sixth goal of the season, Duncan Milroy’s team-leading 13th, and Corey Locke’s ninth staked Hamilton to a 3-0 lead going into the third period.

Mike Funk and Stefan Meyer got two of the Amerks 31 shots passed Yann Danis who picked up his 10th goaltending win for Hamilton.

Picking up assists for Hamilton were Jonathan Ferland, Francis Lemieux, Mikhail Grabovski, Andrei Kostitsyn, Matt D’Agostini, and Dan Jancevski.

A crowd of 8,738 watched the game.

Defenceman Mathieu Roy, who was recalled by the Edmonton Oilers on Dec. 13, has been reassigned to the Bulldogs. At the same time, defenceman Jan Hejda was recalled to the Oilers.

Roy was a healthy scratch during the five games he was with the Oilers. In his five games with the Bulldogs, Hejda had three assists.

Tonight’s game starts at 7.30 p.m.