Bulldogs take mini series from Grand Rapids

Hamilton Bulldogs posted their second win in as many nights on Saturday, routing the Grand Rapids Griffins, 5-1.

Mikhail Grabovski helped the Bulldogs route Grand Rapids goaltender Stefan Liv. (Photo: Ron Bernardo)
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Duncan Milroy and Mikhail Grabovski led the way with a goal and an assist each to give the Bulldogs their 25th American Hockey League win this season. The win left the Bulldogs in third place but only one point back of the Manitoba Moose.

Hamilton beat the Griffins on Friday night, 2-1.

Milroy notched his team-leading 19th goal of the year on a 5-on-3 power play to open the scoring at 12:48 of the first period.

Hamilton went up by two goals just 1:24 into the second period when Andre Benoit fed Grabovski on a breakaway right out of the penalty box. It was Grabovski’s 12th goal of the season.

The Griffins cut the lead in half with Jeff Campbell’s goal 10 minutes later. But with just under three minutes to play in the period Francis Lemieux had his second goal of the year and the Bulldogs were ahead 3-1.

The Bulldogs increased the margin when Andrei Kostitsyn converted Grabovski’s pass for his 13th marker of the season at 5:23 of the third period. Michael Lambert added an empty-net goal at 18:25.

Bulldogs forward Corey Locke played in his 200th career AHL game.

Yann Danis made 31 saves on 32 shots for the Bulldogs to pick up his 13th win of the season. Stefan Liv stopped 23 of the 27 shots he faced.

The Bulldogs’ next game is at 7:30 p.m. on Friday (Jan.26) when the San Antonio Rampage visit Copps Coliseum.

Forward Zack Stortini could be back in the Bulldogs lineup for the game. The Edmonton Oilers returned Stortini on Sunday, after calling him up on Friday. He played in the National Hockey League game against the Calgary Flames but was held pointless.