The Hamilton Bulldogs scored five unanswered goals to down the Lake Erie Monsters 5-1 on Sunday in Cleveland. The win, the Bulldogs fourth in five games, improves Hamilton’s American Hockey League record to 14-15-1-5.
The Monsters opened the scoring at 3:27 of the first period when Vladimir Denisov posted his second goal of the season. But that was all the Monsters’ fans had to cheer about as five different Bulldogs scored throughout the remainder of the game.
Hamilton took the lead with a pair of quick goals at the start of the middle stanza. Jonathan Ferland snapped home his ninth goal of the season and 50th career AHL tally at 1:42 of the frame. Just 80 seconds later, Eric Manlow scored his fifth tally of the campaign.
At 8:05 of the third period while on the power play, Jean-Philippe Cote scored his first goal in 64 games and first tally of the season to increase Hamilton’s lead to 3-1. Cote’s last goal was on Feb. 9, 2007 at Copps Coliseum against the Chicago Wolves.
The Bulldogs racked up two more goals just 39 seconds apart in the final frame to complete the scoring. Ajay Baines picked up his third goal of the campaign at 15:18 of the period and Corey Locke chipped in his 12th goal at the 15:57 mark.
Yann Danis turned aside 22 of 23 shots to earn his fifth win of the season and 75th career AHL victory for Hamilton, while Tyler Weiman made 23 saves on 28 shots for the Monsters.
The Bulldogs went 2-for-3 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill. Hamilton has now gone six-straight games without allowing a power-play goal, going 18-for-18 on the penalty kill in that span.
Matt D’Agostini and Mathieu Carle, who each recorded an assist in the game for the ‘Dogs, extended their point streaks to four games. Locke tallied for the third consecutive game for Hamilton and now has four goals and an assist in his last three games.
On Saturday in Toronto, Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves on 34 shots but it wasn’t enough as the Bulldogs were clipped by the Marlies 2-1
After a scoreless first period, the Marlies struck first when Bates Battaglia tallied his third goal of the season. The Bulldogs responded on the power play at 16:55 of the middle stanza when Locke beat netminder Todd Ford.
With just 3:18 left in the third period, Robbie Earl notched the game-winning goal for the Marlies.
On special teams, the Bulldogs went 1-for-3 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill. Toronto out-shot Hamilton in every period and by a 34-15 margin overall.
The Bulldogs return to the ice at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9 for an inter-conference tilt with the Binghamton Senators at Copps Coliseum.