Bulldogs follow win with a loss in AHL play

Despite out-shooting the Manitoba Moose 34-to-29, the Hamilton Bulldogs dropped a 5-1 decision on Sunday afternoon at Copps Coliseum. That loss followed a 2-1 win over the Hartford Wolf Pack on Saturday night at Copps and a 2-1 loss on Friday night in Syracuse against the Crunch in American Hockey League play.

On Sunday, the Moose opened the scoring at 11:03 of the first period on a 5-on-3 power play when Colby Genoway potted his team-leading fourth goal of the campaign. Manitoba added to its lead with 18 seconds left in the period when Pierre-Cedric Labrie scored with a power-play marker.

The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard at 7:53 of the second period when Jonathan Ferland tipped home a Janne Lahti shot on the power play. Sergei Kostitsyn also drew an assist on the goal and now leads Hamilton with four helpers on the season.

The Moose scored three consecutive goals in the remainder of the middle stanza. Michael Grabner, Alexandre Bolduc and Jozef Balej counted singletons.

Between the pipes, Jaroslav Halak stopped 24 of 29 shots in a losing cause, while Drew MacIntyre turned aside 33 of 34 shots to earn the victory.

The Bulldogs scored their only goal of the game on the power play going 1-for-7 with the man advantage. The Moose went 2-for-7 on the power play.

Last season’s Calder Cup champions return to action on Wednesday (Oct. 24) at 7:30 p.m. when they welcome the Grand Rapids Griffins to Copps.

On Saturday, Corey Locke scored the game-winning goal at 8:57 of the third period for the Bulldogs 2-1 win over Hartford.

The game’s first goal came at 12:35 of the first period when the Wolf Pack’s Lauri Korpikoski scored. Hamilton responded at 11:48 of the middle stanza when Duncan Milroy eluded a poke check from Hartford goaltender Al Montoya, and tied the game 1-1. Defenceman Marvin Degon earned his first point as a Bulldog with the lone assist on Milroy’s second tally of the campaign.

At 8:57 of the final frame, Locke buried a slap shot into the top right corner of the net for his first goal of the season. Ferland assisted.

Between the pipes, ‘Dogs netminder Halak made 26 saves on 27 shots to earn his second win of the campaign, while Montaya stopped 23 of 25 shots for the Pack in a losing cause.
The Bulldogs had a 24-20 shooting advantage on Friday night but fell 2-1 decision to the Crunch.

After a scoreless first period, the teams exchanged goals 11 seconds apart in the middle stanza. Syracuse took a 1-0 lead at 9:32 of the frame when Darcy Campbell notched his first goal of the season. Then at the 9:43 mark, Lahti registered his first-career AHL goal to even the score. Eric Manlow and Francis Lemieux earned assists on Lahti’s goal.

The Crunch restored their one-goal lead at 3:28 of the third period when Joakim Lindstrom scored on the power play.

Between the pipes, Yann Danis made 18 saves on 20 shots in a losing effort for Hamilton while Tomas Popperle stopped 23 of 24 shots to pick up his second win of the season for Syracuse.