Make it four in a row.
And with their fourth straight American Hockey League win, a 3-0 whitewash of the visiting Manitoba Moose, the Hamilton Bulldogs find themselves in possession of second place in the North Division.
The Bulldogs and the Moose were knotted on the second rung going into Saturday night’s game at Copps Coliseum but Hamilton’s rejuvenated – or discovered – powerplay started them on the road to victory.
Hamilton would score once in each period to pick up its 27th win.
Andre Benoit’s sixth goal of the season started the ball rolling for Hamilton with just over four minutes left in the first period and the Bulldogs on the power play.
Hamilton scored three power play goals the night previous. So, four goals in two nights with the man advantage isn’t too bad for a team’s whose powerplay was ranked second last in the 27-team AHL.
At 7:41 of the middle stanza Andre Kostitsyn posted his 14th goal taking a pass from Matt D’Agostini.
D’Agostini would score the final goal, for a two-point night, at 4:50 of the third period. Mikhail Grabovski would pick up an assist for his second of the night.
Kostitsyn also had two points on the night.
Jaroslav Halak stopped all 30 Manitoba shots for his league leading – and team franchise single season record – sixth shutout.
Julien Ellis stopped 36 of the 39 shots he faced from Hamilton’s snipers.
Hamilton earned the win without the services of Maxim Lapierre and Zack Stortini. Lapierre was again recalled by the Montreal Canadiens and Stortini was summonsed once again by the Edmonton Oilers.The two had just been returned for Friday night’s game when the SOS went out from the two National Hockey League teams.
The Bulldogs don’t play until Feb. 2 when they visit the Phantom in Philadelphia and then play the Penguins in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton the following night.
Their next home game is Wednesday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Copps when the Chicago Wolves provide the opposition.
All games can be heard on 820 CHAM.