Goals, goals, and more goals.
And when the ice chips had settled the Hamilton Bulldogs had a 9-5 victory at the expense of division leading Rochester Americans on Sunday afternoon. And on top of those fireworks at Copps Coliseum, the Bulldogs re-worked the franchise record book with four revisions.
While extending their point streak to 10 games, the Bulldogs scored the most goals in a period (seven in the second frame), the four fastest goals in a period (5.05 minutes in the same period), the fastest six goals (11.58 of the period), and defenceman Jean-Philippe Cote surpassed Chris Hajt for the franchise record for all-time games played by a defenseman at 228.
With 6,799 fans in attendance, Hamilton got two goals from Cory Locke and Jonathan Ferland, with singles from Cory Urquhart, Duncan Milroy, Francis Lemieux, Andre Kostitsyn, and Ajay Baines. Milroy also had three assists while Locke and Matt D’Agostini had two helpers each.
For the Americans, who now lead the Bulldogs by three points, Michael Ryan scored three times and Drew Stafford had the other two. Ryan’s consecutive goals in the third period came at 7.57 when the teams were at even strength, at 11.07 on the powerplay, and at 19.52 when Rochester was shorthanded.
Hamilton scored four times on the powerplay.
While the first period ended 1-1, Hamilton dominated the middle stanza, outshooting their visitors 19-3 but more importantly out scoring them 7-1.
Hamilton outshot the Americans 40-29. Jaroslav Halak was in net for Hamilton while Adam Dennis tended the nets for Rochester.
Hamilton is back in action on Friday night (Feb. 16) at Copps when the Toronto Marlies arrive for a 7:30 p.m. game.