Bulldogs maintain AHL point streak with win over Grand Rapids

Daniel Corso, two goals and two assists, and Corey Locke, one goal and three assists, used their four-point nights to lift the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 5-3 triumph over the Grand Rapids Griffins on Wednesday night at Copps Coliseum. The ‘Dogs have now recorded points in eight-straight games with seven wins and an overtime loss in that span, and boast a 30-21-2-5 record on the season.

Grand Rapids drew first blood on a 5-on-3 power play at 5:57 of the opening stanza when Carl Corazzini fired a wrist shot over the right shoulder of Hamilton netminder Yann Danis. It was his 18th tally of the campaign.

The Bulldogs evened the score just under three minutes later when Marvin Degon chipped home his eighth goal of the season. Hamilton took its first lead of the game when Kyle Chipchura opted to shoot on a 2-on-1 break and buried the puck past Grand Rapids’ goaltender Jimmy Howard at the 15:01 mark.

Just 1:10 into the second period, the Griffins pulled even when Darren McCarty tallied his fifth goal of the season.
At the 17:35 mark of the middle stanza, Duncan Milroy sprung Locke on a breakaway and he snapped a shot between the legs of Howard to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead. The goal was Locke’s team leading 21st of the campaign.

Hamilton doubled the count at 2:57 of the third period on a power play when Corso notched his fourth marker of the season.

The Bulldog’s added some more insurance eight minutes later when Corso potted his second tally of the game and his fourth point of the night. Corso’s goal chased Howard from the Grand Rapids net in favour of Adam Berkhoel.

Grand Rapids responded at 11:57 of the third stanza when Jamie Tardif slipped the puck past Danis to complete the scoring. The goal was Tardif’s 13th this season.
Danis made 20 saves on 23 shots for Hamilton while Howard turned aside 19 shots and Berkhoel stopped the two pucks he faced.

Each team went 1-for-4 on the power play.

The Bulldogs return to action on Friday (Feb. 29) at 7:30 p.m. when they host the Iowa Stars at Copps on Carey Price bobblehead night. The first 7,500 fans will receive this commemorative souvenir.

Scoring summary

First period
1. GRA – Carl Corazzini-18 (Mark Cullen, Garrett Stafford) – 5:57 (pp)
2. HAM – Marvin Degon-8 (Corey Locke, Daniel Corso) – 8:32
3. HAM – Kyle Chipchura-5 (Jonathan Ferland, Andrew Archer) – 15:01

Second period
4. GRA – Darren McCarty-5 (Jason Jozsa, Mattias Ritola) – 1:10
5. HAM – Corey Locke-21 (Duncan Milroy, Daniel Corso) – 17:35

Third period
6. HAM – Daniel Corso-4 (Eric Manlow, Corey Locke) – 2:57 (pp)
7. HAM – Daniel Corso-5 (Corey Locke, Andrew Archer) – 10:37
8. GRA – Jamie Tardif-13 (Evan McGrath, Garrett Stafford) – 11:57

Hamilton: 7-12-7–26
Grand Rapids: 10-7-6–23

Attendance: 3,137