Bulldogs sink Rivermen in AHL play

The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Peoria Rivermen 7-4, despite being out shot 47 to 23 in their American Hockey League game on Saturday night (Nov.22).

Ryan White’s four-point performance – two goals and a pair of assists – highlighted the Bulldogs’ effort which included two shorthanded goals to give Hamilton nine on the year.

Greg Stewart opened the scoring for the visiting Bulldogs at 12:54 of the first frame. Matt D’Agostini and Yanick Lehoux drew assists on the only scoring play of the first period.

Peoria tied the game while on a power play at 8:34 of the second stanza. Nikolay Lemtyugov knocked a puck out of mid-air before firing a shot past Hamilton goaltender Marc Denis. The Rivermen took a 2-1 lead seven minutes later. Nicholas Drazenovic snuck behind the Bulldogs’ defenders and positioned himself at the side of the net where he received a pass from Jim Jackson and beat Denis.

Hamilton tied the game 2-2 at 18:37 of the period. Ryan White darted to the net where he used a backhand to forehand move before slipping the puck through the legs of Bishop. Brock Trotter earned an assist on the play.

D’Agostini gave the ‘Dogs a 3-2 lead at 4:01 of the final frame. He raced into the slot and rifled a shot that went through Bishop’s pads. The goal was D’Agostini’s team-leading 13th of the season. Trotter increased the Bulldogs lead to 4-2 just 44 seconds later. Trotter, White and Yannick Weber skated in on a 3-on-1. Weber’s rebound was grabbed by Trotter who collected his second goal in as many games.

Ivan Vishnevskiy cut the lead to one goal at 8:35 when he blasted a shot from the point that made its way through traffic and into the back of the net.

Kyle Chipchura recorded Hamilton’s fifth goal of the game at 9:51. He rifled a shot that beat Bishop high on the glove side. White recorded his second goal of the game at 11:29. While shorthanded, White stripped the puck off Andy Wozniewski in the Peoria zone and gave the ‘Dogs a 6-3 lead.

Vishnevskiy earned a shorthanded marker at 4:42 of the third frame. Denis lost the puck after trying to skate up the ice with it. Denis raced back to the net but was unable to make it back in time as Vishnevskiy shot the puck into the empty net.

Chipchura sealed the win for Hamilton with an empty net, shorthanded goal. The goal now ties Chipchura with Dan LaCouture, Ralph Intranuovo and Jason Chimera for all-time Bulldogs shorthanded goals with six.

The Bulldogs continue their road trip in Houston today (Sunday) with a 6:05 p.m. match-up with the Aeros before heading to San Antonio on Tuesday (Nov. 25) for an 8 p.m. game with the Rampage. The game can be heard on 820 CHAM or at www.hamiltonbulldogs.com.