With just 52 seconds remaining in the third period, Duncan Milroy ended Hamilton’s franchise-long goalless drought at 199:55 and later scored in the shootout to lift the Bulldogs to a 2-1 win over the Manitoba Moose on Friday night in Winnipeg.
With the shootout win, Hamilton’s season-high fourth straight American Hockey League road victory, the Bulldogs record improves to 20-19-1-5.
After a scoreless opening period, Manitoba broke the goose egg with just five seconds remaining in the second frame when Zack FitzGerald notched his fourth goal of the campaign.
Despite out-shooting the Moose 11-6 in the first period and 16-6 in the middle stanza, the Bulldogs trailed 1-0 heading into the third frame.
At 19:08 of the third period, Milroy snapped a shot past Moose netminder Cory Schneider to tie the score. The goal was Milroy’s ninth of the season.
After overtime solved nothing, the game went to a shootout. Goaltender Carey Price closed the door on all four of Manitoba’s shooters, while Daniel Corso and Milroy scored for Hamilton in the shootout.
Between the pipes, Price made 20 saves on 21 shots for Hamilton to earn the win, while Schneider stopped 30 of 31 shots.
The ‘Dogs were 0-for-4 on the power play and a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.
The Bulldogs scoreless drought of 199:55 was the franchise’s longest streak without a goal. Hamilton went 190:39 without a goal from Nov. 12 to 19 during the 2004-2005 campaign. The ‘Dogs, who have been shutout in back-to-back games four times in franchise history, have never gone three consecutive games without a goal but came within 52 seconds of that mark on Friday night.
The Bulldogs return to action tonight (Saturday, Feb. 2) at 8:30 p.m. for a rematch with the Moose in Winnipeg. Hamilton’s next home game is on Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. against the Lake Erie Monsters at Copps Coliseum.
1. MTB – Zack FitzGerald-4 (Colby Genoway, Alexandre Bolduc) – 19:55
2. HAM – Duncan Milroy-9 (Matt D’Agostini, Eric Manlow)
Matt D’Agostini – No
Corey Locke – No
Daniel Corso – Yes
Duncan Milroy – Yes
Colby Genoway – No
Juraj Simek – No
Shaun Heshka – No
Michael Grabner – No