It’s over: Bulldogs AHL losing streak ends with win over Philly

Matt D’Agostini had a goal and two assists leading the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 5-3 win over the Phantoms on Sunday night in Philadelphia. The win snaps the Bulldogs’ franchise-long losing and winless streaks at 12 games and leaves their American Hockey League record to 32-32-3-6.

Hamilton opened the scoring at 4:36 of the first period when Kyle Chipchura snapped a shot past netminder Jeremy Duchesne for his ninth goal of the season. Two more goals in the first period gave the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead.

Chipchura earned his second point of the night by setting up rookie Brock Trotter’s power-play marker at 12:18 of the frame. D’Agostini then buried his 20th tally of the season at 17:31. D’Agostini has now reached the 20-goal plateau in each of his first-two AHL campaigns.

Martin Houle replaced starting goaltender Duchesne between the pipes for Philadelphia at the start of the second period. Duchesne left the game with five saves on eight shots.

Ryan Potulny got the Phantoms on the scoreboard at 4:02 of the middle stanza with his 17th goal of the season, this one a power play counter.

The teams exchanged goals just 17 seconds apart in the final minute of the second period. Eric Manlow extended Hamilton’s lead to 4-1 at 19:21 of the frame with a power-play marker and Triston Grant responded for Philadelphia with a shorthanded goal at 19:38.

In the final minute of the third stanza, the teams exchanged goals again. Potulny pulled the Phantoms within a goal at 19:02 of the frame before Duncan Milroy sealed the Bulldogs 5-3 win with an empty-net marker just 37 seconds later.

Yann Danis made 36 saves on 39 shots in the win for Hamilton while earning second star honours. Philadelphia’s Houle stopped 16 of the 17 shots he faced in relief of Duchesne.

On special teams, the Bulldogs went 2-for-12 on the power play and 6-for-7 on the penalty kill.

The Bulldogs next game is on Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. when they travel to Cleveland for a tilt with the Lake Erie Monsters. Hamilton’s next home game is on Saturday, April 5 at 7 p.m. when they host the Lake Erie Monsters at Copps Coliseum.

Scoring summary

First period
1. HAM – Kyle Chipchura-9 (Matt D’Agostini, Marvin Degon) – 4:36
2. HAM – Brock Trotter-3 (Kyle Chipchura, Duncan Milroy) – 12:18
3. HAM – Matt D’Agostini-20 (Marvin Degon, Jean-Philippe Cote) – 17:31 (pp)

Second period
4. PHI – Ryan Potulny-17 (Denis Gauthier, Jason DeSantis) – 4:02 (pp)
5. HAM – Eric Manlow-11 (Matt D’Agostini, Mathieu Biron) – 19:21 (pp)
6. PHI – Triston Grant-9 (Nate Guenin) – 19:38 (sh)

Third period
7. PHI – Ryan Potulny-18 (Darren Reid, Stefan Ruzicka) – 19:02
8. HAM – Duncan Milroy-15 (Jonathan Ferland) – 19:39 (en)

Hamilton: 8-8-10
Philadelphia: 9-20-10

Attendance: 8,145