Grand Rapids has too much fire power for Bulldogs

The Hamilton Bulldogs dropped a 5-3 decision to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday night (Oct. 24) at Copps Coliseum. With the loss, Hamilton’s record is 3-3-0-1 on the season.

For the first time this season, the Bulldogs opened the scoring when Cory Urquhart notched his first goal of the campaign at 4:19 of the first period. Earning assists were Matt D’Agostini and Maxim Lapierre. Hamilton had surrendered the game’s opening goal in each of its first six games.

Grand Rapids evened the score 14 minutes later on Jamie Tardif’s first goal of the season.

With two goals in 28 seconds early in the middle stanza, Grand Rapids took a 3-1 lead. Carl Corazzini gave the visitors a one-goal lead at 1:09. Mark Cullen and Brett Engelhardt combined to set-up Corazzini’s third goal of the season. The Griffins then increased their lead to 3-1 at 1:37 when Tardif tallied his second goal of the game.

The Bulldogs responded at 11:16 of the period when Duncan Milroy beat Griffins’ netminder Jimmy Howard. Corey Locke drew the lone assist on Milroy’s third marker of the season. With just 1:36 remaining in the second frame, the Griffins went up 4-2 courtesy of Mark Hartigan’s second goal of the campaign.

The teams exchanged goals in the third period. McGrath gave the Griffins a 5-2 lead at the 2:50 mark. Then Jonathan Ferland finished off a tic-tac-toe passing play from Sergei Kostitsyn and Jean-Philippe Cote for his fourth goal of the season at 6:54 to round out the game’s scoring at 5-3.

Yann Danis suffered the loss for Hamilton with 38 saves on 43 shots while Howard turned aside 23 of 26 shots in a winning effort for Grand Rapids.

The Bulldogs went 1-for-3 on the power play and a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.

The Bulldogs return to action on Saturday (Oct. 27) at 8 p.m. when they travel to Toronto to take on the Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum. Fans can listen to every Bulldogs game on the flagship station of the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Network, 820 CHAM.

The Bulldogs next home game is on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 4 p.m. when they host the Rockford IceHogs at Copps Coliseum.