Bulldogs newcomers Steve Gainey and T.J. Kemp made their debuts winning ones as Hamilton defeated the Philadelphia Phantoms 4-2 on Tuesday night (Jan. 6). A gathering of 2,752 fans at Copps Coliseum were witness to Gainey and Kemp scoring their first goals wearing Bulldogs uniforms in the American Hockey League game.
Goalie Loic Lacasse made 19 saves on 21 shots to get the win.
The ‘Dogs opened the scoring at 6:12 of the first frame. Mike Glumac took a shot on net that was stopped by Philadelphia goaltender Michael Teslak. Alex Henry grabbed the rebound before sending the puck to David Desharnais, who buried it past a sprawling Teslak. The goal extended Desharnais’ point streak to six games, the longest for any Bulldog this season.
Yanick Lehoux gave Hamilton a 2-0 lead while on the power play at 16:56. Dan Jancevski sent a pass to Lehoux, who raced down the right side before blasting a slapshot over the left shoulder of Teslak.
The Phantoms lit the scoreboard at 6:40 of the second stanza with a power-play marker. Milgrove native and former Bulldog Danny Syvret fed a pass to Sean Curry who beat Lacasse.
Gainey regained the two-goal lead at 12:35 of the period frame. Thomas Beauregard’s shot was stopped by Teslak but Gainey whacked away at the loose puck until it crossed the goal line.
The Bulldogs stretched their lead to 4-1 at 7:16 of the final frame. Kemp received the puck at the left point before sending it past Teslak, who faced 38 Hamilton shots. Assists went to Ryan White and Jancevski, his second of the night.
The Phantoms added a goal at 19:15 of the final frame when Patrick Maroon scored.
The ‘Dogs finish their six-game homestand on Friday (Jan. 9) at 7:30 p.m. when the Lake Erie Monsters visit Copps.