Goalie Cedrick Desjardins continues to stymie opposition snipers in the American Hockey League, his latest victims being the Hartford Wolf Pack. Saturday night (Dec. 20) he stopped 39 of 41 shots for his third straight win, a 6-2 prize. Providing offensive support was David Desharnais, who had a pair of goals for the visiting Bulldogs.
Hamilton opened the scoring at 9:12 of the first period. Ryan Russell sent a pass to Chad Anderson, who had skated in from the right point, and beat goaltender Miika Wiikman.
The Wolf Pack tied the game four minutes later on Jordan Owens’ goal.
Defenceman Alex Henry ended his scoring drought to give the ‘Dogs a 2-1 lead at 14:30 of the period. Henry received the puck from Yanick Lehoux before blasting a shot past Wiikman. The goal was Henry’s first of the season and first since Feb. 21, 2008 when he was with the Milwaukee Admirals.
Brock Trotter added to the Bulldogs lead just over a minute later. Yannick Weber’s shot was stopped by Wiikman but Trotter tapped in the rebound for what would stand as the winning goal.
Desharnais recorded his first of two in the middle stanza to give Hamilton a 5-1 lead. Desharnais converted a Max Pacioretty pass into a goal at 4:51 and added his second marker while on the power play at 19:24.
The Hartford Wolf Pack pulled Wiikman in favour of Matt Zaba to start the third period.
Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau scored the Wolf Pack’s second goal at 1:13 of the final frame. Yanick Lehoux added his second goal in as many games at 17:33. Lehoux intercepted a pass for the unassisted score.
The ‘Dogs return to the ice on Friday, Dec. 26 for a 7:35 p.m. game in Rochester against the Americans.