Things just don’t seem to be going the Hamilton Red Wings way as of late. On Monday night (Oct. 29) they lost their third straight game. This time it was the Brampton Capitals coming to town and leaving with a 5-2 victory.
“It seemed that the team as a whole just didn’t want to do the little things. Little things – as in dumping the pucks in, compete for pucks, things that we practise. They just struggled in situations all over the ice. In times, this is going to be the best team in the league, but they just have to do it for 60 solid minutes,” says Red Wings’ assistant coach Scott Elliott.
Once again, Eddie Davey was in net for the Red Wings and took the loss making 28 saves. Taylor Hewson picked up the win for the Capitals making 19 saves. Defenceman Andrew Randazzo returned to action after missing two games with a shoulder injury. Goaltender Patrick Sullivan returned from injury to backup Davey. He was injured on Oct. 4 in Brampton.
In the first period, Brampton’s Matt Ferriera scored on the power play at 7:38 to make it 1-0. With 1:26 remaining in the period, Marc Hagel scored a short handed goal to even the game. Brampton outshot Hamilton 17-10 in the period.
The second period featured three goals. At 3:43, Chris Muise beat Davey to give Brampton a 2-1 lead. Dustin Alcock would score at 6:02 to tie the game. At 7:26, Ferriera would score his second goal of the game to give Brampton a 3-2 lead. Shots were even at seven in the period.
Wings would call a timeout with 1:33 remaining in the final period and Davey was pulled in favour of an extra attacker. Just eight seconds after the timeout, Kevin Tuckey would score an empty net goal to make it 4-2 Brampton. With 1:08 remaining, Tyler Leimbrock would score to make it a 5-2 final. Brampton outshot the Red Wings 9-4 in the period for a game total of 33 shots. The Red Wings finished the game with 21 shots.
Scratches for the Red Wings were forward Adam Green, forward Luke Watson, goaltender Carson Hau, defenceman Steve Spade, and forward Johnny Szasz.
With the loss, the Red Wings sit in fourth place in the West Division with 21 points. They are one point back of Oakville and Brampton and two points back of first place Georgetown. Next action for the Red Wings is Wednesday night (Oct,31) in Buffalo. After that, they travel to Oakville on Friday night and to Mississauga on Saturday night.