The Hamilton Bulldogs lost 5-4 in a shootout to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Friday night (March 28) at Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza, extending the team’s losing streak to a franchise-long 11 games and blowing a three-goal lead in the game. The previous franchise-long winless streak was 10 games (Oct. 8-31 during the 1999-2000 season). The ‘Dogs American Hockey League record now drops to 31-31-3-6 through 71 games on the campaign.
The evening started on a promise for the Bulldogs who scored just 11 seconds into the game, Matt D’Agostini broke into the Penguins zone, pulled the puck to his backhand and tucked home his 19th of the season. The marker set another franchise record for the fastest goal at the start of a game. Former ‘Dog Gavin Morgan scored 12 seconds into a game on Oct 30, 2004 against the Crunch in Syracuse.
Hamilton went up by two goals 12 minutes later when Mathieu Carle beat netminder John Curry on the power play for his sixth tally of the campaign.
Jonathan Ferland extended the Bulldogs lead to three goals, notching his 12th marker of the season at 6:19 of the second period.
But just over a minute later the Pens started their comeback when former ‘Dogs enforcer Dennis Bonvie got the Pens on the scoreboard with his second goal of the season. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton pulled within a goal at 3-2 courtesy of Kurtis McLean’s 22nd tally of the campaign at 1:11 of the third period.
Marvin Degon restored Hamilton’s two-goal lead with his ninth marker of the season at 9:20 of the third frame. Duncan Milroy, earning an assist on the goal, registered his 176th career point (74-102-176) and tied Tomas Plekanec (71-105-176) for third place on the Bulldogs’ all-time scoring list.
With two goals in a span of 1:43 in the third stanza, the Penguins tied the game 4-4. Ryan Stone (12:10) and Chris Minard (13:53) sent the game into overtime.
After the extra frame solved nothing, the game was forced to a shootout. D’Agostini, Corey Locke and Daniel Corso scored in the shootout for the Bulldogs but it wasn’t enough as Tim Brent, who scored twice including the shootout winner, Kurtis McLean and Chris Minard tallied to lift the Penguins to victory.
Defenceman Jean-Philippe Cote did not play in the game due to injury. Ferland is now the only Bulldog to have dressed in all 71 of Hamilton’s games this season.
Hamilton returns to action Saturday (March 29) at 7 p.m. when they travel to the Giant Center in Hershey to take on the Bears. The Bulldogs next home game is on Saturday, April 5 at 7 p.m. when they host the Lake Erie Monsters at Copps Coliseum.
1. HAM – Matt D’Agostini-19 (Brock Trotter, Conrad Martin) – 0:11
2. HAM – Mathieu Carle-6 (Marvin Degon) – 12:17 (pp)
3. HAM – Jonathan Ferland-12 (Daniel Corso) – 6:19
4. WBS – Dennis Bonvie-2 (Connor James, Nathan Smith) – 7:50
5. WBS – Kurtis McLean-22 (Tim Brent) – 1:11
6. HAM – Marvin Degon-9 (Duncan Milroy) – 9:20
7. WBS – Ryan Stone-11 (Tim Wallace) – 12:10
8. WBS – Chris Minard-22 (Alain Nasreddine, Ryan Lannon) – 13:53