Bulldogs show persistence in two come-from-behind AHL wins

Hamilton Bulldogs, with three shorthanded goals and four third period unanswered counters on Sunday (Nov. 16), completed a two-game sweep of the Rochester Americans.

Hamilton’s 5-2 come-from-behind win on Sunday, was a follow up to Saturday’s 4-3 victory, also a come-from-behind effort at Copps Coliseum.

Playing in front of 4,012 American Hockey League fans, centre Ryan Russell scored three goals to lead the ‘Dogs. Hamilton’s three shorthanded goals in the game were one shy of tying an AHL record for scoring in a game while killing a penalty.

As they did on Saturday night (and in an earlier meeting this season), the Americans opened the scoring at 18:48 of the first frame. Hamilton goaltender Marc Denis went behind his net in an attempt to clear the puck but his shot was stopped by Jordan Henry who fired it into the empty net before Denis could get back into position.

Hamilton first shorthanded goal evened the count at 6:06 of the second stanza. Kyle Chipchura and Russell skated into the Americans’ zone on a 2-on-1. Chipchura waited patiently before passing to Russell who beat goaltender David Shantz.

While on a five-on-three power play, Rochester regained the lead 31 second later when Michal Repik scored.

Russell added his second goal of the game at 4:05 of the final frame to tie the game 2-2. The ‘Dogs added their second shorthanded marker at 13:40 to take a 3-2 lead. Matt D’Agostini received a pass from Yanick Lehoux and beat Shantz for his 12th goal of the season.

Russell netted his third goal of the game and the Bulldogs third shorthanded marker 25 seconds later. Chipchura fed a pass to Russell who scored for Hamilton’s first hat trick of the season.

At 19:59 of the third period, Lehoux caught a pass from Alex Henry and fired the puck into the open net to complete the 5-2 victory.

On Saturday, the Bulldogs scored a late third period goal to defeat the Americans 4-3 in front of 4,519 fans. D’Agostini scored two goals including the game-winner.
Rochester went ahead early after scoring two goals in the first period. When Bulldogs’ defenceman Mathieu Carle fell at his blue line, Janis Sprukts had a breakaway and beat Denis. The shorthanded goal at 3:31was the first scored against Hamilton this season. While on the power play at 7:08, Michael Duco banged away at the puck at the side of the net before flipping the puck over the right shoulder of Denis.

Hamilton cut the lead in half at 10:10 of the period on a goal by Ben Maxwell.

The Amerks earned their third goal at 5:21 of the second stanza. Jordan Henry fired a shot that went over the net but took a weird bounce off the glass and landed in the crease. Stefan Meyer banged it into the net.

The ‘Dogs scored two goals 15 seconds apart to tie the game 3-3. At 7:21 of the middle frame, D’Agostini skated behind the net before sending the puck in front of Chris Beckford-Tseu where it bounced off a Rochester defender’s stick and into the net. Chipchura scored the Bulldogs’ third goal when he raced in alone on Beckford-Tseu and snapped a shot that beat the netminder at 7:36.

While on a five-on-three power play, D’Agostini scored the game-winning goal at 18:37 of the final frame. Yanick Lehoux sent a pass to D’Agostini who ripped a shot that Beckford-Tseu managed to save. D’Agostini fired a second shot, which beat Beckford-Tseu and gave the Bulldogs the win.

The Bulldogs welcome the Manchester Monarchs to Copps Coliseum on Wednesday (Nov. 19) for a 7 p.m. match-up.