The Hamilton Bulldogs rallied from a three-goal deficit to defeat the Rochester Americans, 4-3, in a shootout. Yannick Weber recorded a goal and an assist in the win to lead the ‘Dogs to Sunday’s (Dec. 28) American Hockey League victory. It was Hamilton’s third game in as many nights and broke a two-game losing streak.
The Americans, visiting Copps Coliseum, opened the game by scoring three goals in the first period. Karl Stewart, just 1.29 into the game, Kenndal McArdiel, three minutes later, and Stewart, again, at 11.28 all beat Marc Denis to put the Amerks in front 3-0. Stewart’s second tally was the third shorthanded goal in two games given up by the Bulldogs.
Hamilton replied with three straight gaols beginning at 1:02 of the second stanza when David Desharnais hammered a slapshot that beat Rochester goaltender Mike Brodeur. Max Pacioretty added the Bulldogs second goal at 18:43 after Weber rifled a shot that was stopped by Brodeur. Pacioretty tapped the loose puck into the net.
Weber tied the game at 14:36 of the final frame while the Bulldogs had a man advantage. Stationed at the left point, he received a pass from Shawn Belle. Weber blasted a shot that beat Brodeur. Olivier Latendresse also earned a helper to extend his assist streak to four games.
After five minutes of scoreless overtime, the teams headed to a shootout. Denis stopped three of four shooters while Yanick Lehoux, Mike Glumac and Desharnais scored for the Bulldogs to secure the win in front of 4,109 onlookers.
Hamilton outshot the Amerks 44-27
The ‘Dogs host their archrivals, the Toronto Marlies, on Tuesday (Dec. 30) in their final game of 2008.