The Hamilton Bulldogs recorded their seventh-straight loss on Wednesday night (March 19), dropping a 3-1 decision to the Crunch in Syracuse. With the loss, the ‘Dogs set a franchise record for futility after failing to record a point for the seventh-straight game. Hamilton’s franchise-long losing streak is eight games from Nov. 6 to 21 during the 2004-2005 American Hockey League season.
Defenceman Clay Wilson opened the scoring for the Crunch with his 12th goal of the season at 11:31 of the first period on the power play. Wilson has two goals and five assists in just four games against the Bulldogs this season.
Syracuse extended its lead at 3:34 of the middle stanza when Trevor Frischmon potted his fourth tally of the campaign. At the 6:00 mark of the second period, the Bulldogs cut the Crunch lead in half when Mathieu Biron blasted home a power-play goal to make the score 2-1. Prior to the goal, Hamilton had gone 0-for-32 on the power play and hadn’t scored a goal with the man advantage in over six games.
Frischmon completed the scoring for Syracuse at 4:25 of the third period with his second marker of the night.
Between the pipes, Yann Danis suffered his seventh-straight loss for the Bulldogs after stopping 27 of the 30 shots he faced, while Karl Goehring made 28 saves on 29 shots to earn the win for the Crunch.
Each team was 1-for-3 on the power play.
Blueliner Pavel Valentenko, who missed the last 15 games with a shoulder injury, centreman Daniel Corso, who had missed four-straight contests with a groin injury, and winger Brett Engelhardt, who missed two games due to his wife giving birth, all returned to the Bulldogs line-up in the game. ‘Dogs veteran forward Corey Locke played in his 300th career AHL contest.
Hamilton’s record now stands at 31-28-2-5 through 67 games this season.
The Bulldogs return to action at 7:30 p.m. on Friday (March 21) when they host the Toronto Marlies at Copps Coliseum.
1. SYR – Clay Wilson-12 (Duvie Westcott, Nate DiCasmirro) – 11:31 (pp)
2. SYR – Trevor Frischmon-4 (Derek Dorsett, Tom Sestito) – 3:34
3. HAM – Mathieu Biron-5 (Jonathan Ferland) – 6:00 (pp)
4. SYR – Trevor Frischmon-5 (Kirill Starkov, Derek Dorsett) – 4:25