‘Dogs visit to Manitoba positive trip

Despite out-shooting the Manitoba Moose 32-22, the Hamilton Bulldogs dropped a 3-2 decision in overtime on Saturday night (Dec.22) in Winnipeg. With the overtime loss, the ‘Dogs earn a point and take three of a possible four points in their two-game set in Manitoba. On Friday night, the Bulldogs were 4-2 victors over the Moose in American Hockey League play. At the Christmas break, Hamilton’s record is 9-12-1-5 through 27 games.

Hamilton opened the scoring at 14:21 of the first period on Saturday, with Duncan Milroy’s seventh goal of the season. With two goals in the second period, the Moose took a 2-1 lead. On the power play, Milan Gajic registered his first goal of the season at the 1:26 mark and Zack FitzGerald notched his third tally of the campaign at 2:50 of the frame to give Manitoba a one-goal lead.

Hamilton responded at 16:18 of the period when Daniel Corso, playing in his first game in a Bulldogs’ uniform, scored his first goal of the season even the score. After a scoreless third period, Nathan McIver posted his second goal of the season with just 23 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Moose to a 3-2 win.

Hamilton was 0-for-4 on the power play while Manitoba went 1-for-6 with the man advantage. Between the pipes, Jaroslav Halak stopped 19 of 22 Winnipeg shots while Drew MacIntyre made 30 saves on 32 Bulldogs’ shots.

The Hamilton Bulldogs snapped their five-game losing skid with a 4-2 win over the Moose on Friday.

The Moose opened the scoring at 5:16 of the first period when Colby Genoway tallied an unassisted marker. Hamilton responded with two goals in the remainder of the opening frame to take a 2-1 lead. Corey Locke got the ‘Dogs on the scoreboard at the 7:33 mark, for his seventh goal of the season. Then with just 12 seconds left in the period, defenceman Joel Bouchard scored on the power play to make the score 2-1.

At 3:53 of the second period, Janne Lahti extended the Bulldogs lead to 3-1 with his fourth goal of the season. FitzGerald pulled Manitoba within a goal at 7:26 of the third period. With only five seconds remaining in the game, Milroy chipped in an unassisted empty-net goal to seal the 4-2 win for the Bulldogs. The goal was Milroy’s sixth of the season.

Hamilton won the special teams battle in the game, going 1-for-3 on the power play and a perfect 5-for-5 on the penalty kill. Between the pipes, Halak stopped 21 of 23 shots to earn the win for the Bulldogs, while MacIntyre made 21 saves on 24 shots.

The Bulldogs return to action on Thursday (Dec. 27) at Copps Coliseum against the Moose at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday soaring summary

First period:
1. HAM – Duncan Milroy-7 (Jean-Philippe Cote) – 14:12.

Second period:
2. MTB – Milan Gajic-1 (Jimmy Sharrow, Maxime Fortunus) – 1:26 (pp).
3. MTB – Zack FitzGerald-3 (Ryan Shannon, Alexandre Bolduc) – 2:50.
4. HAM – Daniel Corso-1 (Francis Lemieux) – 16:18.

Third period:
(no scoring).

5. MTB – Nathan McIver-2 (Greg Classen, Ryan Shannon) – 4:37.

Hamilton: 8-8-14-2–32
Manitoba: 4-6-7-5–22
Attendance: 7,333

Friday scoring summary

First period:
1. MTB – Colby Genoway-9 (unassisted) – 5:16.
2. HAM – Corey Locke-7 (Duncan Milroy, Mathieu Aubin) – 7:33.
3. HAM – Joel Bouchard-1 (Marvin Degon, Matt D’Agostini) – 19:48 (pp).

Second period:
4. HAM – Janne Lahti-4 (Eric Manlow, Pavel Valentenko) – 3:53.

Third period
5. MTB – Zack FitzGerald-2 (Greg Classen, Shaun Heshka) – 7:26.
6. HAM – Duncan Milroy-6 (unassisted) – 19:55 (en).
Hamilton: 10-7-8–25
Manitoba: 8-6-9–23

Power Play:
Hamilton: 1-for-3
Manitoba: 0-for-5

Attendance: 6,735