Kyle Chipchura had a goal and an assist but it wasn’t enough as the Hamilton Bulldogs dropped a 4-2 decision to the Syracuse Crunch on Sunday evening at Copps Coliseum. With the loss, the ‘Dogs record falls to 31-23-2-5 on the campaign.
The game capped a busy home weekend for the Bulldogs. On Friday, the ‘Dogs had their season-high eight-game point streak snapped with a 6-0 loss at the hands of the Iowa Stars. Saturday saw Mathieu Biron score the game-winning goal at 9:18 of the third period to lead the Hamilton Bulldogs over the Hershey Bears by a 3-2 score.
On Sunday, Syracuse opened the scoring at 10:36 of the first period when Adam Pineault notched his 19th marker of the season. Clay Wilson and Joakim Lindstrom assisted on the 1-0 goal.
Hamilton tied the game 1-1 just 35 seconds into the middle stanza when Brett Engelhardt scored his first goal as a Bulldog and ninth of the campaign. Chipchura and Mathieu Carle drew the helpers on the play.
The Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead with a shorthanded goal by Chipchura at 17:03 of the second frame. Chipchura took a pass from Jonathan Ferland, manoeuvred past a Crunch defender and fired a shot into the back of the net for his sixth tally of the season.
With two goals in the first 4:45 of the third period, the Crunch took a 3-2 lead. Zenon Konopka scored his 16th goal of the campaign with a wrist shot from the high slot at 2:50 on the power play to tie the game 2-2. Lindstrom then notched his 23rd tally of the season just 1:55 later to give Syracuse a 3-2 advantage that they wouldn’t relinquish.
Trevor Frischmon added an empty-net marker with three seconds left in the game to give Syracuse a 4-2 victory. The goal, Frischmon’s third of the campaign, was unassisted.
Hamilton outshot Syracuse in every period and 40-to-25 overall in the game.
Yann Danis turned aside 21 of 24 shots in a losing effort for the Bulldogs, while Goehring stopped 38 of 40 shots in the win the Crunch.
Hamilton was 0-for-7 with the man advantage, while the Crunch converted on one of their five power-play opportunities.
The ‘Dogs now have a short break to re-group. The team returns to action on Friday, March 7th at 7:30 p.m. when they take on the Manitoba Moose at Copps Coliseum.
1. SYR – Adam Pineault-19 (Clay Wilson, Joakim Lindstrom) – 10:36
2. HAM – Brett Engelhardt-9 (Kyle Chipchura, Mathieu Carle) – 0:35
3. HAM – Kyle Chipchura-6 (Jonathan Ferland) – 17:03
4. SYR – Zenon Konopka-16 (Joakim Lindstrom, Clay Wilson) – 2:50 (pp)
5. SYR – Joakim Lindstrom-23 (Clay Wilson) – 4:45
6. SYR – Trevor Frischmon-3 (unassisted) – 19:57 (en)