The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Aeros 4-0 in Houston for their second consecutive win. On Saturday they beat the Rivermen 7-4 in Peoria. On Sunday, Cedrick Desjardins stopped all 20 shots he faced to earn his first-career American Hockey League shutout as the Bulldogs moved into second place in the Western Conference’s North Division.
Following a scoreless first period, Brock Trotter got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard at 2:01 of the middle frame. David Desharnais blasted a shot that Houston goalie Nolan Schaefer stopped but allowed a rebound. Trotter grabbed the loose puck and slipped it into the net to extend his goal-scoring streak to three games.
While on the power play, the ‘Dogs added another goal at 10:54. Ryan Russell sent a pass to Mathieu Carle, who had skated to the front of the net from the right point. Carle released a shot that sailed past Schaefer to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead.
Ben Maxwell recorded Hamilton’s second power-play goal of the night one minute later. Carle fed a pass to Maxwell, who rifled a shot from the top of the circle. The puck made its way through traffic to slip past Schaefer.
Carle added his second goal of the game while on the power play at 9:41 of the final frame. Matt D’Agostini passed the puck to Carle who hammered a shot on net. The puck bounced by Schaefer to complete the scoring.
The Bulldogs end their three-game West Division road trip on Tuesday (Nov. 25) with a game at 8 p.m. against the Rampage in San Antonio.