Bulldogs rally falls short in loss to Senators

The Hamilton Bulldogs were unable to stretch their American Hockey League win streak to four games on Saturday (Nov. 29) after losing 3-2 to the Binghamton Senators.

Playing in Binghamton on Saturday, the two teams will meet today (Sunday) in the second game of their home-and-home-away from home series. The ‘Dogs and Sens travel to Montreal for a 5 p.m. match-up at the Bell Centre.

Binghamton starting goaltender Brian Elliott made 26 saves to earn the win for the Senators.

The hosts opened the scoring at 18:55 of the first frame. Drew Fata’s shot from the blue line sailed over the net and took a weird bounce off the back boards. The puck landed in front of the net where Denis Hamel was able to grab it and bang it into the net when Hamilton goaltender Cedrick Desjardins was caught out of position because of the strange bounce.

The Senators went up 2-0 at 1:17 of the second stanza. Greg Mauldin fed a pass to Peter Regin, who was stationed in front of the net and snapped a shot over the glove of Desjardins.

While on the power play, Mathieu Aubin scored his first goal of the season at 10:58 of the middle frame to cut Binghamton’s lead in half. David Desharnais skated down the right side before sending a pass to Max Pacioretty, who released a shot that bounced off the post. Aubin grabbed the loose puck and deposited it into the back of the net.

The Senators regained their two-goal lead with a power-play marker at 18:05 of the period. Josh Hennessy rifled a shot on net that was stopped by Desjardins, who was unable to control the rebound, which allowed Danny Bois to pick up the loose puck and slide it into the goal.

With 35 seconds remaining in the game the Bulldogs scored their second goal of the game. Following a scramble in front of Elliot, numerous ‘Dogs fired shots on the net before Mike Glumac squeaked the puck past the goalie. Kyle Chipchura and Mathieu Aubin earned assists on the play.