D’Agostini’s OT heroics give ‘Dogs 3-2 AHL win

Matt D’Agostini scored just 71 seconds into overtime to lift the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 3-2 win over the Binghamton Senators on Wednesday night at Copps Coliseum. The win, Hamilton’s fifth in its last six American Hockey League games, improves the ‘Dogs record to 15-15-1-5 on the season.

Bulldogs’ Jonathan Ferland swipes at rebound. (Photo: Ron Bernardo)
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Scott May opened the scoring 4:12 into the first period, giving Binghamton a 1-0 lead. The ‘Dogs evened the score at the 16:04 mark when Francis Lemieux feathered a pass to Ryan Russell who banged home his second tally of the season.

While on the power play at 4:03 of the middle stanza, Lawrence Nycholat broke the tie, giving the Senators a 2-1 lead. The marker was Nycholat’s eighth of the campaign. Hamilton pulled even when Ajay Baines notched his fourth goal of the season, beating netminder Jeff Glass at the 7:37 mark of the second frame. Conrad Martin’s assist was his first-career AHL point.

After a scoreless third period, the game was forced to overtime setting the stage for D’Agostini’s game-winner.

In his first start for Hamilton this season, goaltender Carey Price turned aside 22 of 24 shots to preserve the victory. Price had been playing with the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens. Glass made 33 saves on 36 shots in a losing effort for Binghamton.

The ‘Dogs were unsuccessful with the man advantage going 0-for-6, while the Sens went 1-for-1 on the power play.

The Bulldogs return to action on Friday (Jan.11) at 7:30 p.m. when they host North Division rivals the Syracuse Crunch at Copps Coliseum.

Scoring summary:

First period:
1. BNG – Scott May-2 (Nick Foligno, Josh Hennessy) – 4:12
2. HAM – Ryan Russell-2 (Francis Lemieux, Jonathan Ferland) – 16:04

Second period
3. BNG – Lawrence Nycholat-8 (Alexander Nikulin, Ilya Zubov) – 4:03 (pp)
4. HAM – Ajay Baines-4 (Duncan Milroy, Conrad Martin) – 7:37

Third period
(no scoring)

5. HAM – Matt D’Agostini-8 (Marvin Degon, Eric Manlow) – 1:11

Hamilton: 14-14-7-1–36
Binghamton: 3-9-10-2–24

Attendance: 3,002