Corey Locke, who was re-assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs by the parent Montreal Canadiens earlier in the day, posted a goal and an assist to lead the ‘Dogs to a 5-2 win over the Syracuse Crunch on Friday night (Jan. 11) at Copps Coliseum.
Hamilton took a 2-0 lead with two goals 46 seconds apart in the first period. At 5:34, Locke scored on the power-play followed by Duncan Milroy at 6:20.
The Bulldogs extended their lead to 3-0 at 7:45 of the period when Janne Lahti potted his sixth goal of the season. The Crunch cut into the ‘Dogs lead on a power play at 11:20 of the period on a goal by Zenon Konopka.
At 10:41 of the middle stanza, Hamilton restored its three-goal cushion when Matt D’Agostini fired a high shot past Crunch netminder Karl Goehring. The goal extended D’Agostini’s point streak to a team-high six games.
While skating four players aside, Daniel Corso was sprung on a breakaway and made no mistake burying a wrist shot into the top of the net.
Adam Munro replaced starting goaltender Karl Goehring between the pipes for Syracuse to start the third period. Syracuse narrowed the gap to 5-2 at 6:26 of the final frame on a power play when Derek MacKenzie notched his 14th goal of the season.
Hamilton bounced back from the team’s last meeting with Syracuse on Dec. 15 when they dropped a 9-2 decision. The loss was the club’s worst showing since Nov. 23, 2002 when the Bulldogs were shutout 8-0 in Binghamton by the Senators.
Carey Price made 29 saves on 31 shots to earn the victory for the Bulldogs. Crunch netminder Goehring stopped 15 of 20 shots in two periods. Munro stopped all eight of the shots he faced in the third period.
Hamilton was 2-for-5 on the power play while Syracuse went 2-for-7 with the man advantage.
The win lifted the Bulldogs into third place in the American Hockey League’s North Division with a 16-15-1-5 record and 38 points on the season.
1. HAM – Corey Locke-13 (Pavel Valentenko) – 5:34 (pp) 2. HAM – Duncan Milroy-8 (Ajay Baines, Mathieu Carle) – 6:20 3. HAM – Janne Lahti-6 (Corey Locke, Pavel Valentenko) – 7:45 (pp) 4. SYR – Zenon Konopka-10 (Aaron Rome, Clay Wilson) – 11:20 (pp)
5. HAM – Matt D’Agostini-9 (Eric Manlow, Marvin Degon) – 10:41 6. HAM – Daniel Corso-2 (Mathieu Carle) – 12:44
7. SYR – Derek MacKenzie-14 (Aaron Rome, David Cullen) – 6:26 (pp)