In their 900th American Hockey League regular season game, the Hamilton Bulldogs dropped the Binghamton Senators, 5-1 on Friday night, snapping a two-game losing streak. The win lifts Hamilton’s record to 8-9-0-3.
The Bulldogs scored first – 16:43 of the opening period – when Sergei Kostitsyn’s wrist shot deflected off two Binghamton defenders and past goalie Jeff Glass. It was Kostitsyn’s sixth goal of the campaign. At 11:04 of the middle stanza, Hamilton increased its lead to 2-0 when Duncan Milroy scored. Mikhail Grabovski, playing in his first game of the season, drew the lone assist on Milroy’s fifth tally of the year.
Matt D’Agostini’s sixth goal just 1:26 into the final frame put Hamilton three goals up. Glass had stopped Eric Manlow’s initial shot, but D’Agostini stuffed home the rebound.
The ‘Dogs added their fourth marker five minutes later when Janne Lahti scored.
Binghamton made the score sheet two minutes later when Matt Kinch scored.
Locke restored the Bulldogs four-goal margin at 15:24 of the third period with a power-play marker.
Hamilton netminder Yann Danis turned aside 26 of 27 shots for the win, while Glass made 29 saves on 34 shots.
The Bulldogs went 1-for-5 with the man advantage while the Senators were unable to convert on their lone opportunity on the power play.
– Corey Locke (59-115-174) is now two points behind Tomas Plekanec (71-105-176) for second place on the Bulldogs all-time scoring list, and needs six points to overtake Brain Swanson (71-108-179) to become Hamilton’s all-time leading scorer
– Newly appointed captain Ajay Baines played his first game of the season for the Bulldogs
– Play-by-Play Broadcaster Derek Wills called his 500th consecutive regular season game