Goalie Yann Danis and forward Jonathan Ferland combined their skills to lead the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 6-3 win over the Grand Rapid Griffins on Wednesday night (Nov. 21).
Danis turned aside 42 of the 45 shots he faced while Ferland scored two goals, including his team-leading eighth tally of the campaign, in the Bulldogs sixth American Hockey League win this season. It was Hamilton’s second straight win after going five games without a victory.
Playing in Grand Rapids, the teams exchanged goals early in the first period. Just 1:04 into the contest, Ryan O’Byrne notched his second goal of the season to open the scoring for the Bulldogs. The Griffins responded at the 7:59 mark courtesy of Carl Corazzini’s sixth goal of the campaign to even the score.
In a span of 1:48 in the opening frame, the teams exchanged goals again. Hamilton took another one-goal lead at the 14:35 mark when Sergei Kostitsyn set-up Corey Locke for his third goal of the season. Grand Rapids tied the score 2-2 at 16:23 of the period when Jakub Kindl notched his first tally of the campaign.
Marvin Degon gave the ‘Dogs a 3-2 lead with the lone goal of the middle stanza at the 4:18 mark. Locke and Kostitsyn each earned their second point of the night with assists on the goal. The Bulldogs increased their lead to 5-2 with two quick goals in the third period. Ferland scored the eventual game-winner at the 5:26 mark, before Cory Urquhart gave Hamilton a three-goal lead at 7:32 of the frame with his fourth tally of the season.
Seventeen seconds after Urquhart’s goal, Darren Helm cut into the Bulldogs lead with an unassisted marker for the Griffins at 7:49 of the third frame.
Ferland then tallied his second of the game at 8:48 of the final stanza. The goal chased netminder Jimmy Howard from Grand Rapid’s net in favour of Adam Berkhoel.
Howard suffered the loss with 17 saves on 23 shots for the Griffins. Berkhoel stopped the only shot he faced in relief of Howard.
Locke (58-113-171), who posted a goal and an assist in the game, is now five points behind Tomas Plekanec (71-105-176) for second place on the Bulldogs all-time scoring list, and needs nine points to overtake Brain Swanson (71-108-179) to become Hamilton’s all-time leading scorer.
Hamilton is back in action on Friday (Nov. 23) at 7:30 p.m. when they host the Toronto Marlies at Copps Coliseum.