‘Dogs homecoming not much of a celebration

Home is where the heart is. Unfortunately for the Hamilton Bulldogs it wasn’t where a win was.

The Bulldogs, playing their first American Hockey League game back at Copps Coliseum after a 10-game road absence that started on Feb. 24, dropped a 4-3 decision to the Rochester American on Wednesday night. With the loss, Hamilton now finds itself tied with the Amerks for second place in their division. Each has 81 points.

Hamilton will welcome the Albany Rivers Rats to Copps on Friday (March 23) for a 7.30 p.m. game.

Rochester got on the scoreboard first when Stefan Meyer scored just 1:57 into the contest. But the lead was short-lived as the Bulldogs produced two goals in a span of 1:28 just three minutes later. Matt D’Agostini netted his 20th of the season and Jonathan Ferland scored his 19th to give the ‘Dogs a 2-1 lead.

Rochester reclaimed the lead with a pair of power-play goals. Patrick Kaleta tapped in his fourth goal of the season at 8:11 into the middle stanza and Marek Zagrapan scored at 17:35 of the frame to give the Amerks a 3-2 lead.
Hamilton tied the game when Francis Lemieux snapped a shot into the back of the net with only 4:07 left in the third period.

The Amerks grabbed the win with just 1:52 left in regulation play.

Between the pipes, ‘Dogs goaltender Phillipe Sauve made 24 saves on 28 shots, while the Amerks’ Adam Dennis turned aside 25 of 28 shots.

The Bulldogs were 0-for-6 on the power play while the Americans went 2-for-5 with the extra-man.