Jonathan Ferland’s power-play goal at 1:47 of the third period proved to be the game-winner for the Hamilton Bulldogs who defeated the Aeros 2-1 on Sunday night in Houston.
The Bulldogs swept their two-game American Hockey League road trip to Texas (they beat the San Antonio Spurs 5-2 on Friday night) and improved their record to 18-17-1-5 on the season.
After a scoreless opening period, the Bulldogs struck first at 7:06 of the middle stanza when Mathieu Aubin scored. Ferland then potted his 10th goal of the season and seventh on the power play, to give Hamilton a two-goal lead just 1:47 into the third frame.
The Aeros pulled goaltender Nolan Schaefer in favour of an extra attacker at the 15:19 mark of the third period. and Schaefer remained on the bench for the rest of the game.
Bulldogs netminder Carey Price’s shutout bid was snapped with just 1:57 remaining in the game when Peter Olvecky buried his eighth tally of the campaign for the game’s final score.
Despite skating 6-on-5 for the last 4:41 of the third period, Houston could only muster one goal and its comeback bid fell short as Hamilton held on for the 2-1 win. Hamilton was also unable to score into an empty net.
Between the pipes, Price turned aside 19 of 20 shots while Schaefer made 23 saves on 25 shots.
The ‘Dogs won the special teams battle, going 2-for-6 on the power play and a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.
Matt D’Agostini and Corey Locke, who were riding nine and seven-game point streaks respectively coming into the contest for Hamilton, went scoreless in the game.
The Bulldogs return to action on Wednesday (Jan. 23) at 7:30 p.m. when they host the Erie Monsters at Copps Coliseum.
1. HAM – Mathieu Aubin-2 (Pavel Valentenko, Jean-Philippe Cote) – 7:06 (pp)
2. HAM – Jonathan Ferland-10 (Pavel Valentenko, Marvin Degon) – 1:47 (pp)
3. HOU – Peter Olvecky-8 (Jon Awe, Benoit Pouliot) – 18:03