The Iowa Chops “powered” their way around the Hamilton Bulldogs and left Copps Coliseum with a 3-2 win. Three power play goals gave the Chops the American Hockey League decision witnessed by 3,952 fans on Saturday (Jan. 3).
The Chops opened the scoring at 2:26 of the first frame. Ryan Dingle’s initial shot was blocked by Bulldogs’ defender Dan Jancevski but the puck bounced off his leg and onto the stick of Matt Caruana, who beat goalie Loic Lacasse.
The Bulldogs tied the game with a shorthanded effort nine minutes later. David Desharnais and Olivier Latendresse skated in on a 2-on-1. Desharnais sent a pass to Latendresse who made a backhand-to-forehand move before snapping a shot over the shoulder of goaltender Jean-Philippe Levasseur.
Iowa regained the lead at 3:32 of the second stanza when Salcido scored.
Frederic St-Denis scored his first-career AHL goal at 8:20 of the final frame to tie the game 2-2. Desharnais skated behind the net and fed a pass to St-Denis, who had skated in from the point. St-Denis’ shot slid underneath the legs of Levasseur. Latendresse and Desharnais each had two point nights for Hamilton. Hamilton managed just 19 shots on net while Lacasse faced 30 Iowa scoring attempts.
While on a five-on-three power play, Matt Beleskey scored the winning goal with 37 left in regulation time.
The ‘Dogs continue their homestand when the Philadelphia Phantoms visit on Tuesday (Jan. 6) for a 7:30 p.m. faceoff at Copps.