‘Dog sets scoring record, but Crunch take a win

With two goals in a span of 10 seconds, Maxim Lapierre set a franchise record for the fastest two goals by a Bulldog, but Hamilton dropped a 3-2 shootout decision to the Syracuse Crunch on Friday night (Nov. 2).

The visitors to Copps Coliseum opened the scoring at 4:56 of the first period when Tom Sestito scored his first goal of the season to beat Hamilton netminder Jaroslav Halak for the only scoring in the opening period. There was no more scoring until 17:24 of the second period when Syracuse added a second goal, Andrew Murray’s fifth goal of the American Hockey League campaign.

With two goals in 10 seconds at the start of the third period, Lapierre set a franchise record for the fastest two goals by one player, surpassing Michel Riesen who scored two goals in 35 seconds on Feb. 21, 2001 at Hershey.

At the 1:08 mark, Lapierre broke in on the right side and fired a wrist shot to the top corner to make the score 2-1. Lapierre then evened the score when he flipped a backhand shot into the net at 1:18. Duncan Milroy and Joel Bouchard, who earned his first two points as a Bulldog on the goals, each recorded two assists on the scoring plays.

After a scoreless overtime, the game was forced to a shootout. The Bulldogs converted on two of five shootout attempts, but the Crunch went 3-of-4 to earn the 3-2 win. Corey Locke and Duncan Milroy were the shootout scorers for Hamilton while Derick Brassard, Joakim Lindstrom and Derek MacKenzie tallied for Syracuse.

The Bulldogs were 0-for-7 with the man advantage and 7-for-8 on the penalty kill.

Between the pipes, Halak made 25 saves on 27 shots for Hamilton in the shootout loss, while Adam Munro made 29 saves on 31 shots for Syracuse.

Hamilton returns to action Nov. 3 at 7:35 p.m. when they visit the Rochester Americans. Fans can listen to every Bulldogs game on 820 CHAM. Fans can also listen or watch at www.hamiltonbulldogs.com by clicking on the ‘B2 Networks’ or ‘820 CHAM’ icon on the ‘Dogs website. All regular-season radio and online broadcasts will begin with a pre-game show 20 minutes prior to each scheduled game-time.

The Bulldogs next home game is Friday, Nov. 9, 2007 when they take on Rochester at 7:30 p.m. at Copps Coliseum.