Locke, Bulldogs streak to outburst

Corey Locke tied a franchise record with six points (3-3-6) and the Hamilton Bulldogs scored seven unanswered goals to down the Rochester Americans 8-4 on Wednesday night (April 9) at Copps Coliseum in an American Hockey League game. The ‘Dogs also erased Amerks’ leads of 2-0 and 4-1 to earn their third-straight win and improve their record to 35-32-3-7.

Rochester took a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals from Jordan Henry, his second of the season, and Stefan Meyer, who potted his 21st goal.

The Bulldogs cut the lead in half at 15:40 of the period when Locke scored his 26th goal of the campaign. But Rochester restored its two-goal lead at 16:46 of the period when Martin Lojek beat Hamilton goaltender Cedrick Desjardins for his sixth goal of the season.

At 5:20 of the second frame, MacArthur notched a power-play marker to give the Amerks a 4-1 lead. It was MacArthur’s 14th goal.

With seven-straight goals throughout the remainder of the game, the Bulldogs went on to post an 8-4 win. Hamilton cut into Rochester’s lead with two goals just 1:28 apart in the middle stanza. Jonathan Ferland potted his 14th at 12:59 on the power play and at 14:27, Ajay Baines slid a backhander by Amerks’ netminder Adam Dennis for his sixth goal of the campaign. J.T. Wyman picked up his first-career American Hockey League point with an assist on the 4-3 goal.

The ‘Dogs drew even 3:14 into the final frame when Ferland had his 15th marker of the season. Mathieu Biron gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the game at 5-4 when his slap shot from the point found its way into the Americans net while on the power play.

Hamilton added three more goals in the final 3:14 of the game to round out the scoring. Locke scored twice (16:46, 18:34) with the second of the two goals scored into an empty net, while Engelhardt posted his 13th tally of the campaign at the 18:58 mark.

Locke’s six points ties a franchise record set by Chad Hinz who notched a goal and five assists on Dec 8, 2002 in a 15-1 win over the Cleveland Barons. It was also the first time in Locke’s hockey career (junior and professional) that he posted six points in a game.

The ‘Dogs return to action on Friday, April 11th at 7:30 p.m. when they host the Toronto Marlies at Copps Coliseum in their final home game of the season.

Scoring summary

First period
1. ROC – Jordan Henry-2 (unassisted) – 4:22
2. ROC – Stefan Meyer-21 (Clarke MacArthur, Mark Mancari) – 11:08 (pp)
3. HAM – Corey Locke-26 (Matt D’Agostini, Brock Trotter) – 15:40
4. ROC – Martin Lojek-6 (Brady Calla, Drew Larman) – 16:46

Second period
5. ROC – Clarke MacArthur-14 (Stefan Meyer, Marc-Andre Gragnani) – 5:20 (pp)
6. HAM – Jonathan Ferland-14 (Corey Locke, Pavel Valentenko) – 12:59 (pp)
7. HAM – Ajay Baines-6 (Janne Lahti, J.T. Wyman) – 14:27

Third period
8. HAM – Jonathan Ferland-15 (Brett Engelhardt, Conrad Martin) – 3:14
9. HAM – Mathieu Biron-6 (Corey Locke, Marvin Degon) – 8:06 (pp)
10. HAM – Corey Locke-27 (Jonathan Ferland) – 16:46
11. HAM – Corey Locke-28 (Pavel Valentenko, Marvin Degon) – 18:34 (en)
12. HAM – Brett Engelhardt-13 (Jonathan Ferland, Corey Locke) – 18:58

Hamilton: 6-12-9
Rochester: 9-6-8

Hamilton: Cedrick Desjardins (23 shots, 19 saves)
Rochester: Adam Dennis (26 shots, 19 saves)

Attendance: 6,629