Corey Locke (2-1) and Daniel Corso (1-2) each had three points to lead the Hamilton Bulldogs over the San Antonio Rampage by a score of 5-2 on Friday night at Copps Coliseum. The win is the Bulldog’s fourth straight and improves their record to 23-19-1-5 on the season.
After a scoreless first period, Corso notched his third tally of the campaign at 3:49 of the middle stanza to open the scoring. With a helper on the play, Locke became Hamilton’s all-time leader in assists with 124 surpassing Peter Sarno who registered 123 as a Bulldog. Locke is already the franchise’s all-time leader in goals and points.
The Bulldogs added to their lead just 44 seconds after Corso’s goal when Kyle Chipchura wired a wrist shot over the blocker of Rampage netminder David LeNeveu. Chipchura’s third goal of the season was unassisted.
On the power play, Jon DiSalvatore notched his 12th marker of the campaign to put San Antonio on the scoreboard at 8:27 of the second frame and cut Hamilton’s lead to 2-1. Hamilton native Joey Tenute drew an assist on the play.
Hamilton regained its two-goal advantage at 11:40 of the second period when Corso feathered a pass to Locke who fired a wrist shot from the slot past LeNeveu. The tally was Locke’s 19th of the campaign.
San Antonio climbed back within a goal at 10:46 of the third frame when Roche scored his sixth goal of the season. Tenute earned his second assist on the 3-2 goal.
At 14:00 of the final stanza, Marvin Degon sprung Matt D’Agostini in alone on LeNeveu. D’Agostini made no mistake, pulling the puck to his backhand and sliding it home to give Hamilton a 4-2 lead.
The Bulldogs added another insurance marker at 17:01 of the third period when Locke scored his second goal of the game to make the score 5-2.
Yann Danis made 29 saves on 31 shots for Hamilton to earn the win, while LeNeveu made 32 saves on 37 shots in a losing effort for San Antonio.
The Bulldogs were 0-for-2 with the man advantage, while the Rampage went 1-for-2 on the power play.
The defending Calder Cup Champion Hamilton Bulldogs return to action today (Saturday, Feb. 9) at 4 p.m. when they visit their North Division rivals the Toronto Marlies at the Ricoh Coliseum. Fans can listen to every Bulldogs game on 820 CHAM. All regular-season radio and online broadcasts will begin with a pre-game show 20 minutes prior to each scheduled game-time.
Hamilton’s next home game is on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. against the Toronto Marlies at Copps Coliseum.
1. HAM – Daniel Corso-3 (Corey Locke, Duncan Milroy) – 3:49
2. HAM – Kyle Chipchura-3 (unassisted) – 4:33
3. SAN – Jon DiSalvatore-12 (Joey Tenute, Travis Roche) – 8:27 (pp)
4. HAM – Corey Locke-19 (Daniel Corso) – 11:40
5. SAN – Travis Roche-6 (David Spina, Joey Tenute) – 10:46
6. HAM – Matt D’Agostini-13 (Marvin Degon) – 14:00
7. HAM – Corey Locke-20 (Daniel Corso, Duncan Milroy) – 17:01
San Antonio: 11-11-9–31