Jaroslav Halak turned aside 31 of 32 shots and Corey Locke scored at 4:27 of overtime to lift the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 2-1 American Hockey League win over the Lake Erie Monsters on Wednesday night at Copps Coliseum. With the win, the ‘Dogs record improves to 22-19-1-5.
Lake Erie opened the scoring just 54 seconds into the game when Philippe Dupuis notched his 11th goal of the season.
Eric Manlow ended Hamilton’s franchise-long home goalless drought (Jan. 23 – Feb. 6) at 151:55 with his seventh tally of the campaign at 11:08 of the opening frame. The Bulldogs’ previous span without a goal at home was 138:55 from Nov.12 to 26 during the 2004-2005 season.
There was no scoring in the second or third periods.
With 33 seconds left in the extra frame, Marvin Degon fed Locke who fired a wrist shot over the shoulder of Monsters’ netminder Mike Wall to give Hamilton the win. The goal was Locke’s 18th of the season and team-leading fourth game-winner of the campaign.
Hamilton goaltender Jaroslav Halak picked up his 10th win of the season while Wall made 32 saves on 34 shots. The Bulldogs were 0-for-2 with the man advantage while the Monsters went 0-for-3 on the power play.
The Bulldogs return to action on Friday (Feb. 8) at 7:30 p.m. when they host the San Antonio Rampage at Copps.
1. LEM – Philippe Dupuis-11 (Eric Healey, Dale Purinton) – 0:54
2. HAM – Eric Manlow-7 (Mathieu Carle, Matt D’Agostini) – 11:08
3. HAM – Corey Locke-18 (Marvin Degon, Daniel Corso) – 4:27
Lake Erie: 10-2-17-3–32