The Hamilton Bulldogs scored twice in the third period to tie the game 3-3, then tallied four consecutive goals in the shootout to drop the Lake Erie Monsters 4-3 on Saturday night at Copps Coliseum. With the win, the Bulldogs fifth in as many games against the Monsters this season, the ‘Dogs record improves to 25-21-1-5 on the season.
After a scoreless first period, the teams exchanged goals 22 seconds apart early in the middle stanza. Lake Erie opened the scoring at 1:59 of the frame when Chris Stewart notched his 16th goal of the season. Hamilton pulled even at 2:21 when Janne Lahti banged home his seventh tally of the campaign. Brock Trotter, who suited up in his first-career AHL game, recorded his first point with an assist on the 1-1 goal.
The Monsters restored their one-goal lead at 5:34 of the second period on Eric Healey’s 12th marker of the season.
Kenny Roche extended Lake Erie’s lead at 15:33 of the second frame, making the score 3-1. The goal chased Hamilton’s starting netminder Yann Danis from the net in favour of Jaroslav Halak.
The Bulldogs cut into the Monsters’ lead at 6:58 of the third period when Mathieu Biron registered a shorthanded goal to make the score 3-2. It was Biron’s second marker of the season.
Grabovski then tied the game with a power-play goal at 12:41.
After overtime resolved nothing, the game went to a shootout. D’Agostini, Corey Locke, Grabovski and Corso scored for the Bulldogs, while Halak turned aside 3-of-4 Monsters’ shooters to preserve the 4-3 win for the ‘Dogs.
Danis made 18 saves on 21 shots before being replaced by Halak who stopped all 22 of the shots he faced. At the other end of the ice, Jason Bacashihua turned aside 23 of 26 shots for Lake Erie.
The Bulldogs were 1-for-4 with the man advantage while the Monsters went 0-for-3 on the power play.
The defending Calder Cup Champion Hamilton Bulldogs return to action Sunday (Feb. 17) at 6:05 p.m. when they travel to Rochester to take on the Americans. The game can be heard on 820 CHAM. beginning with a pre-game show 20 minutes before the opening faceoff. Hamilton returns home to take on the Houston Aeros on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. at Copps Coliseum.
1. LEM – Chris Stewart-16 (Brad Richardson, Wes O’Neill) – 1:59 2. HAM – Janne Lahti-7 (Kyle Chipchura, Brock Trotter) – 2:21 3. LEM – Eric Healey-12 (Jamie Lundmark) – 5:34 4. LEM – Kenny Roche-2 (Dan DaSilva, Vladimir Denisov) – 15:33
5. HAM – Mathieu Biron-2 (Mikhail Grabovski, Matt D’Agostini) – 6:58 (sh) 6. HAM – Mikhail Grabovski-4 (Daniel Corso, Marvin Degon) – 12:41 (pp)
Matt D’Agostini – Yes
Corey Locke – Yes
Mikhail Grabovski – Yes
Daniel Corso – Yes
Philippe Dupuis – Yes
Jamie Lundmark – No
Chris Stewart – No
Lake Erie: 7-16-16-4-0–43