Mikhail Grabovski had a goal and three assists to lead the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 4-1 win over the Americans on Sunday night in Rochester. The win was the ‘Dogs third straight and improves their record to 26-21-1-5 on the season.
At 7:23 of the first period, Marvin Degon opened the scoring to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. The goal, scored on a power play, was Degon’s sixth this American Hockey League season.
Dylan Hunter tied the game for Rochester just 1:39 into the middle stanza with his 11th goal of the campaign.
The Bulldogs regained the lead courtesy of Grabovski’s fifth tally of the season at 15:22 of the second frame. With only five seconds remaining in the second period, Eric Manlow added to the ‘Dogs lead with his eighth goal of the campaign.
Duncan Milroy’s empty-net goal at 17:52 of the third period finished the scoring. Milroy’s goal, the 72nd of his career, gives him sole possession of second place on the Bulldogs’ all-time goals list behind only Corey Locke (75). Brian Swanson and Tomas Plekanec each had 71 goals as Bulldogs.
Between the pipes, Jaroslav Halak made 33 saves on 34 shots Adam Dennis turned aside 18 of 21 shots for Rochester.
The Bulldogs were 2-for-6 on the power play and a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill.
In his last three games, Grabovski has 10 points (five goals, five assists) a plus-3 rating, 10 shots, two penalty minutes and has been named first star in all three contests. He also has two game-winning goals in that span.
The Bulldogs return to action on Tuesday (Feb. 19) when they travel to Iowa to take on the Stars. They return to Copps Coliseum to take on the Houston Aeros on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.
1. HAM – Marvin Degon-6 (Daniel Corso, Grabovski) – 7:23 (pp)
2. ROC – Dylan Hunter-11 (Peter Aston, Marc-Andre Gragnani) – 1:39
3. HAM – Mikhail Grabovski-5 (unassisted) – 15:22
4. HAM – Eric Manlow-8 (Matt D’Agostini, Grabovski) – 19:55 (pp)
5. HAM – Duncan Milroy-12 (Grabovski) – 17:52 (en)