After spotting the Lake Erie Monsters an early one-goal lead, the Hamilton Bulldogs scored six unanswered goals enroute to a a 6-1 win on Saturday night (Oct. 13) at Quicken Loans Arena. The game was the first-ever meeting between the two clubs and evens the Bulldogs record at 1-1.
Lake Erie opened the scoring just 1:19 into the game when Codey Burki notched his first goal of the season. But that would be all the offence the Cleveland-based team would muster as Sergei Kostitsyn evened the score to start the Bulldogs onslaught with just 70 seconds left in the opening stanza.
Cory Urquhart and Eric Manlow picked up assists on the power-play goal.
With two more power-play goals in the second period, the Bulldogs took a 3-1 lead. From behind the net, Manlow fed Duncan Milroy in front and he potted his first goal of the season at the 5:45 mark. With the goal, Milroy became the Bulldogs all-time franchise leader with 27 career power-play goals, passing Michel Riesen who posted 26. Then at 10:19 of the frame, Corey Locke centred a pass to Jonathan Ferland who chipped the puck past Monsters goaltender Tyler Weiman to give Hamilton a two-goal lead.
Defenceman Andrew Archer gave the ‘Dogs a 4-1 lead at 18:33 of the middle stanza when his shot from the point found it’s way to the back of the net. The goal was Archer’s first in 92 games and his first since Jan. 15 2005 against the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks.
The Bulldogs added two more goals in the third period to make the score 6-1. Maxim Lapierre scored his fourth goal of the season at the 11:36 mark on the power play. The goal tied Lapierre for the early league-lead with Portland’s Jason King and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Jeff Taffe. Then Ferland posted his second goal of the night with just 10 seconds remaining in the game. Lapierre earned an assist on the goal and now leads the AHL in points with 8 (4-4-8).
Hamilton went 4-for-11 on the power play while Lake Erie was 0-for-5 with the man advantage.
The Bulldogs next game will take place on Friday, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. when they travel to Syracuse. The Bulldogs return home the following night to take on the Hartford Wolf Pack at Copps Coliseum.