‘Dogs outshoot Amerks, but lose on score sheet

The Hamilton Bulldogs dropped a 4-1 decision to the Rochester Americans, who snapped a franchise-long 10-game losing streak, on Friday night at Blue Cross Arena. The loss drops the ‘Dogs American Hockey League record to 10-13-1-5 on the season.

Hamilton opened the scoring when Greg Stewart tallied his fifth goal of the season at 6:26 of the first period. But the Amerks responded with two goals in the remainder of the stanza. On a delayed power play, Marek Zagrapan evened the score 1-1 at the 12:13 mark with his 11th tally of the campaign. Then with exactly one minute remaining in the frame, Marc-Andre Gragnani scored a shorthanded goal.

At 6:32 of the second period, the Amerks opened up a 3-1 lead when Zagrapan potted his second goal of the game. The hosts added to their margin at 15:38 of the period when Peter Aston scored his second goal of the season.

Despite out-shooting the Americans 10-5 in the third period, the Bulldogs were unable to score. The ‘Dogs out-shot the Amerks 34-25 overall.

Rochester dominated special teams play, going 1-for-7 on the power play and 8-for-8 on the penalty kill with a shorthanded goal.

Between the pipes, Yann Danis made 21 saves on 25 shots in a losing effort for the ‘Dogs, while Tyler Plante turned aside 33 of 34 shots for the win.

Hamilton resumes play at 7 p.m. tonight (Saturday, Dec. 29) when they host their North Division rivals, the Toronto Marlies, at Copps Coliseum.

Scoring Summary:

First period:
1. HAM – Greg Stewart-5 (Daniel Corso, Janne Lahti) – 6:26.
2. ROC – Marek Zagrapan-11 (Patrick Kaleta, Andrej Sekera) – 12:13.
3. ROC – Marc-Andre Gragnani-3 (Rob Globke) – 19:00 (sh).

Second period:
4. ROC – Marek Zagrapan-12 (Stefan Meyer, Andrej Sekera) – 6:32 (pp).
5. ROC – Peter Aston-2 (Marek Zagrapan) – 15:38.

Third period:
(no scoring).

Hamilton: 12-12-10–34
Rochester: 11-9-5–25

Attendance: 8,427