Andrei Kostitsyn and Mikhail Grabovski each had a goal and two assists in a losing effort, as the Hamilton Bulldogs lost 5-4 in a shootout with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday night.
The shootout loss snapped Hamilton’s five-game American Hockey League winning streak but extended their point streak to six games. Hamilton’s record now stands at 28-18-1-2 and the Bulldogs remain in second place, two points ahead of the Manitoba Moose who were 4-3 winners over the Chicago Wolves on Saturday Hamilton is eight points back of the Rochester Americans in the Western Conference’s North Division.
Playing before 8,300 onlookers, the teams ended the first period knotted at one, when the Penguins Kurtis McLean and the Bulldogs Grabovski exchanged goals. The goal was Grabovski’s 14th.
Hamilton took an early 3-1 second period lead with two goals in 54 seconds. Grabovski set-up Kostitsyn at 1:43 of the period and Matt D’Agostini scored his 10th of the campaign at 2:37, finishing off a tree-way passing play with Grabovski and Kostitsyn.
The Penguins responded with a pair of goals – from Joe Jensen and Jonathan Filewich – to send the team into their dressing rooms tied 3-3. Filewich’s goals came on the powerplay and was his 21st goal this season.
In the third period, the Penguins and ‘Dogs exchanged special teams goals on the same infraction. Kyle Chipchura gave the Bulldogs a 4-3 lead with a shorthanded goal at 4:37 only to have Marc-Antoine Pouliot even the count with a power-play goal at 6:16.
After a scoreless overtime, the game was forced to a shootout. Kostitsyn and Duncan Milroy were successful in the shootout for Hamilton, while Rob Schremp, Daniel Carcillo and McLean scored for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for the win.
Hamilton goalie Yann Danis faced 33 Penguins shots while Devan Dubnyk was tested 27 times.
The Bulldogs return to Copps Coliseum Wednesday (Feb. 7) against the Wolves at 7:30 p.m.