‘Dogs pick up point in shootout loss to Griffs

Yann Danis made 38 saves on 39 shots but it wasn’t enough as the Hamilton Bulldogs dropped a 2-1 decision in a shootout to the Griffins on Wednesday night in Grand Rapids. The shootout loss drops Hamilton’s record to 8-11-0-4 on the season.

Bulldogs enforcer Jimmy Bonneau opened the game’s scoring at 11:25 of the first period with his first-career American Hockey League goal and point. Andrew Archer and David Desharnais, who picked up his first point as a Bulldog, earned assists.

Grand Rapids evened the score 1-1 on the power play at 9:05 of the middle stanza when Jakub Kindl’s wrist shot eluded Hamilton goaltender Yann Danis to the stick side. Kindl’s goal, his second of the season, was unassisted.

After no scoring in the third frame or overtime, the game went to a shootout. On goals by Mark Hartigan, Mark Cullen and Garrett Stafford, the Griffins prevailed to post a 2-1 win over the Bulldogs. Matt D’Agostini and Corey Locke scored for the Bulldogs in a losing effort in the shootout.

Despite stopping 38 of 39 shots in the game, Danis suffered the loss for Hamilton after allowing three goals on five shots in the shootout. Grand Rapids’ netminder Jimmy Howard had 20 saves on 21 shots and turned aside three-of-five Bulldogs shooters in the shootout to earn the win.

Hamilton went 0-for-4 on the power play, while Grand Rapids was 1-for-8 with the man advantage.

Scoring summary:

First period:
1. HAM – Jimmy Bonneau-1 (Andrew Archer, David Desharnais) – 11:25.

Second period:
2. GRA – Jakub Kindl-2 (unassisted) – 9:05 (pp).

Third period:
No scoring.

No scoring.

Matt D’Agostini – Yes
Corey Locke – Yes
Cory Urquhart – No
David Desharnais – No
Duncan Milroy – No

Grand Rapids:
Mark Hartigan – Yes
Carl Corazzini – No
Mark Cullen – Yes
Mattias Ritola – No
Garrett Stafford – Yes

Hamilton: 8-6-5-2-0–21
Grand Rapids: 15-11-11-2-1–40

Attendance: 4,212