‘Dogs put brakes to losing streak

At last.

Hamilton Bulldogs, trying to shake a five-game losing streak, got back into the win column edging the Binghamton Senators 3-2 on Saturday night (Nov. 17). That victory came on the heels of a loss by the same score to the Hartford Wolf Pack on Friday night.

Saturday in Binghamton, rookie blueliner Mathieu Carle scored his first-career American Hockey League goal and added an assist to lead the Bulldogs to their fifth win of the season.

For the second consecutive game, Marvin Degon opened the scoring for the Bulldogs on the power play at 7:54 of the first period.

Hamilton tallied two more goals in the middle stanza to open up a 3-0 lead. Carle scored at 4:42 of the frame from Matt D’Agostini and Eric Manlow. Carle then returned the favour, setting up D’Agostini for his fifth goal of the season, and eventual game-winning tally, at the 7:30 mark.

With two quick goals on special teams in the third period, Binghamton pulled within a goal. Just 36 seconds into the third period, Justin Mapletoft posted a shorthanded marker to get the Senators on the scoreboard. Then on the power play at the 6:05 mark, Denis Hamel registered his team-leading seventh goal of the season to make it a one-goal game.

Between the pipes, Yann Danis made 28 saves on 30 shots and earned the win for the Bulldogs, while Glass stopped 26 of 29 Hamilton shots.

On special teams, Hamilton was 1-for-7 on the power play, 7-for-8 on the penalty kill and allowed one shorthanded goal.

Defenceman Ryan O’Byrne, who did not play due to injury, missed the first game of his professional career after playing in 102 regular and post-season games last year in his rookie season as a Bulldog, and in all 14 contests so far this season.

Locke (57-112-169) tallied an assist in the game and is now seven points behind Tomas Plekanec (71-105-176) for second place on the Bulldogs all-time scoring list, and needs 11 points to overtake Brain Swanson (71-108-179) and become Hamilton’s all-time leading scorer.

On Friday night, Locke had two assists in a losing effort at Hartford.

Hamilton opened the scoring on the power play at 9:19 of the first period when Degon potted his second goal of the season.

After a scoreless middle stanza, the Wolf Pack evened the score 1-1 at 5:59 of the third frame courtesy of Andrew Hutchinson’s fourth goal of the campaign.

The Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead at the 7:19 mark of the third period when Sergei Kostitsyn scored. Francis Lessard then scored two goals in 1:58 of the final frame to give Hartford a 3-2 lead. At 12:33 of the period, Lessard slid home the tying goal through a maze of players in front of Hamilton’s net. Lessard then scored the game’s eventual winning goal at the 14:31 mark.

Jaroslav Halak made 37 saves on 40 shots in a losing effort for the ‘Dogs, while Montoya turned aside 28 of the 30 shots he faced for the Pack.

The Bulldogs return to the ice on Wednesday (Nov. 21) at 7 p.m. when they travel to Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids to take on the Griffins. Fans can listen to the game on 820 CHAM.

The Bulldogs next home game is on Friday (Nov. 23) at 7:30 p.m. when they host the Toronto Marlies at Copps Coliseum.