Admirals rule over Bulldogs; Hamilton calls up Cyclones

The Hamilton Bulldogs fell 2-1 to the Milwaukee Admirals on Saturday Night at Copps Coliseum, dropping their American Hockey League record to 8-10-0-3 on the season. Marvin Degon’s goal at 10:45 of the second period allowed the 3,929 fans at Copps Coliseum to throw their stuffed toys onto the ice in support of the Bulldogs’ annual Toy Toss.

Milwaukee jumped out to a 2-0 first-period lead, scoring two power-play goals from Antti Pihlstrom and Janne Niskala. Pihlstrom got the Admirals on the board with his ninth goal of the campaign at the 3:04 mark from Niskala and Rich Peverley. Niskala then doubled Milwaukee’s lead at 17:17 of the frame, recording his seventh goal of the season on a 5-on-3 power play.

Hamilton finished the game’s scoring with Degon’s fourth goal of the season while Hamilton enjoyed a two-man advantage.

There was no scoring in the third period.

Bulldogs’ netminder Yann Danis made 32 saves on 34 shots while Rinne made 23 saves on 24 shots to earn the victory.

Hamilton went 1-for-8 with the man advantage while Milwaukee was 2-for-8 on the power play.

There were 2,184 stuffed toys tossed onto the ice immediately following the Degon goal in the second period. All of the stuffed animals collected will be donated to local not-for-profit groups in the Hamilton area and will be distributed to families in need for Christmas.

The Bulldogs return to action on Tuesday, Dec. 11 when they visit the Peoria Rivermen. Fans can listen to every Bulldogs game on 820 CHAM. All regular-season radio broadcasts will begin with a pre-game show 20 minutes prior to each scheduled game-time.

In other Bulldogs moves, the club recalled defenceman Jon Gleed from the Cincinnati Cyclones of the East Coast Hockey League. Gleed will join the team in time for the game in Peoria.

Gleed, 23, has appeared in 10 games this season with the Bulldogs, collecting two assists and two penalty minutes. The 6-foot-2, 205-pound blueliner has registered three assists and six penalty minutes in 18-career AHL games, all with Hamilton.

The native of Milton was assigned to Cincinnati on Nov. 20 and posted two assists and 18 penalty minutes in eight games with the Cyclones.

The team also called up forward David Desharnais from the Cyclones. Desharnais, 21, has appeared in 21 games with Cincinnati this season, collecting seven goals, 18 assists, 25 points, a plus-13 rating and eight penalty minutes. The native of Quebec City took home the CCM Vector ECHL Rookie of the Month and the Paysource USA ECHL Plus Performer of the Month in November.

The 5-foot-6, 177-pound forward played in seven games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the AHL last season, posting a goal and an assist with four penalty minutes. Desharnais also tallied 38 goals, 70 assists, 108 points and 32 penalty minutes in 61 games during the 2006-2007 season with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens in the QMJHL.

The ‘Dogs next home game is on Thursday, Dec. 27 against the Manitoba Moose at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday’s scoring summary:

First period:
1. MIL – Antti Pihlstrom-9 (Janne Niskala, Rich Peverley) – 3:04 (pp)
2. MIL – Janne Niskala-7 (Antti Pihlstrom, Cal O’Reilly) – 17:17 (pp)

Second period:
2. HAM – Marvin Degon-4 (Sergei Kostitsyn, Eric Manlow) – 10:45 (pp)

Third period:
(no scoring)