The Hamilton Bulldogs extended their point streak to a season-high six games but dropped a 2-1 decision in overtime to the Houston Aeros on Saturday night (Feb. 23) at Copps Coliseum. The loss was Hamilton’s first in its last six games, dropping the Bulldogs’ record to 28-21-2-5 on the season.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring at 16:34 of the second period when Greg Stewart chipped home a Mathieu Biron centering pass over the right pad of Aeros’ netminder Barry Brust. Houston drew even at 9:34 of the third frame when Cal Clutterbuck posted a shorthanded marker that forced overtime.
At 2:56 of the extra frame, Aeros’ winger Joel Ward swatted a rebound out of mid air past goalie Jaroslav Halak to give Houston the 2-1 victory with his 12th goal this season.
The ‘Dogs now have three wins and two losses on the season in games decided in overtime.
Halak made 35 saves on 37 shots for Hamilton while Brust turned aside 27 of 28 shots for Houston.
Neither team was successful with the extra man. The Bulldogs were 0-for-9 with the man advantage, while the Aeros went 0-for-7 on the power play.
The defending Calder Cup Champion Hamilton Bulldogs return to action Sunday (Feb. 24) at 4 p.m. when they travel down the Q.E.W. to face their division rivals the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum. Hamilton’s next home game is on Wednesday (Feb. 27) at 7:30 p.m. against the Grand Rapids Griffins at Copps Coliseum.
1. HAM – Greg Stewart-10 (Mathieu Biron, Kyle Chipchura) – 16:34
2. HOU – Cal Clutterbuck-9 (unassisted) – 9:34 (sh)
3. HOU – Joel Ward-12 (Erik Reitz, Ryan Hamilton) – 2:56