Goalie has strong but losing debut with Bulldogs

Appearing in his first game as a Hamilton Bulldog, goalie Dov Grumet-Morris held the Grand Rapids Griffins scoreless for three periods and an overtime frame only to lose in a shootout on Saturday night.

The 1-0 loss gave the Bulldogs a point and moved them to within two points of the first place Rochester Americans and Manitoba Moose in the American Hockey League’s North Division standings.

The game was watched by 10,834 fans.

Grumet-Morris, who stopped 36 shots in regulation time and overtime, was named the game’s second star. He was signed by the Bulldogs to a professional tryout contract on Thursday. He has played this season with the AHL’s Portland Pirates and the East Coast Hockey League’s Cincinnati Cyclones.

The Bulldogs were looking for goaltending help after Jaroslav Halak was recalled by the Montreal Canadiens and Yann Danis was injured.

On Saturday night in the shootout at Grand Rapids, Cory Urquhart and Kyle Chipchura were successful for the Bulldogs while Ryan Keller, Matt Hussey, Evan McGrath and Kip Miller scored to lift the Griffins to the shootout win.

Jimmy Howard made 25 saves on 25 shots and stopped two of the four Hamilton shooters in the shootout to earn the shutout victory for Grand Rapids.

The Bulldogs return to action Sunday (Feb. 25) against the Griffins in Grand Rapids again. The 4 p.m. rematch can be heard on 820 CHAM.