‘Dogs score fifth straight AHL win

The Hamilton Bulldogs’s hot Mikhail Grabovski Show rolled into Moline, Ill., on Wednesday night and lived up to its billing.

Grabovski had a goal and two assists and was named first star for the fifth consecutive game in leading the Hamilton Bulldogs to their season-high fifth-straight win, a 5-1 triumph over the Quad City Flames. The victory leaves Hamilton with a 28-21-1-5 record and tied with Manitoba for second place in the Western Conference’s North Division.

Duncan Milroy struck first for the Bulldogs at 15:03 of the opening frame with his 13th goal of the season. Quad City responded at 5:26 of the second period courtesy of a Tim Ramholt marker.

Before the period was over, the Bulldogs added two more goals to take a 3-1 lead into the final 20 minutes. At the 9:10 mark on a power play, Grabovski continued his hot hand, posting his sixth tally in the past five games. Hamilton took a two-goal lead with just 29 seconds left in the frame when Grabovski set up Matt D’Agostini for his 17th goal of the campaign.

Marvin Degon notched his seventh goal of the season at the 8:45 mark of the final period to give the Bulldogs a 4-1 advantage. At 18:07 of the frame, Kyle Chipchura rounded out the scoring with an empty-net shorthanded tally.

Jaroslav Halak stopped 25 of 26 shots to earn the win for Hamilton, while McElhinney made 21 saves on 25 shots for Quad City.

The Bulldogs out duelled their opponent on special teams in the game, going 2-for-10 on the power play and 7-for-8 on the penalty kill.

With another goal and two more assists on the night, Grabovski extended his scoring streak to five games (Feb. 15-20), totalling 16 points (6-10-16) in that span. Over that period, Grabovski also has three game-winning goals, a game-tying goal, a plus-4 rating, 16 shots and six penalty minutes.

D’Agostini is also now on a five-game point streak (Feb. 15-20) with eight points (4-4-8) and Daniel Corso extended his team-high assist streak to six games (Feb. 13-20) with eight helpers in that span.

The defending Calder Cup Champion Hamilton Bulldogs’ next game is on Saturday (Feb. 23) at 7 p.m. when they return home to Copps Coliseum to take on the Houston Aeros.

Scoring summary

First period
1. HAM – Duncan Milroy-13 (Corey Locke, Daniel Corso) – 15:03

Second period
2. QCY- Tim Ramholt-3 (Krys Kolanos, Carsen Germyn) – 5:26 (pp)
3. HAM – Mikhail Grabovski-6 (Marvin Degon, Corey Locke) – 9:10 (pp)
4. HAM – Matt D’Agostini-17 (Mikhail Grabovski, Brett Engelhardt) – 19:31

Third period
5. HAM – Marvin Degon-7 (Mikhail Grabovski, Corey Locke) – 8:45 (pp)
6. HAM – Kyle Chipchura-4 (Jean-Philippe Cote) – 18:07 (en.sh)

Hamilton: 9-9-8–26
Quad City: 4-6-16–26

Attendance: 2,524