Loc Lacasse picked up his first American Hockey League shutout, turning aside 22 shots in the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-0 win over the visiting Lake Erie Monsters.
With 4,444 fans at Copps Coliseum watching on Friday evening (Jan. 9) Lacasse’s shutout marks the first time since the 2002-2003 season that the Bulldogs have had three different goaltenders blank the opposition in one season.
Recently acquired T.J. Kemp netted his first goal as a Bulldog to open the scoring with what would stand as the winner at 7:00 of the first period. Brock Trotter skated behind the net before sending a pass to Kemp, who skated in from the blue line. Kemp hammered a one-time shot on net that beat Lake Erie goaltender Tyler Weiman on the blocker side.
Kemp’s was originally credited with a goal in the Bulldogs’ Jan. 6 game but it subsequently given to Greg Stewart.
After a scoreless second stanza, the ‘Dogs added another goal at 5:23 of the final frame. Olivier Latendresse fed a pass through the slot and onto the stick of Mathieu Carle, who had skated to the side of the net. Carle fired a shot over the right shoulder of Weiman for his fifth goal of the season. David Desharnais also earned an assist on the goal, which increases his point streak to seven games.
Mike Glumac completed the Bulldogs scoring at 16:55. He received the puck from Latendresse before releasing a slapshot that beat Weiman, who was tested 24 times during the game.
The ‘Dogs and the Monsters complete their home-and-home affair in Cleveland on Saturday night (Jan. 9). The following night they travel to Rochester to play the Americans. Fans can listen to every Bulldogs game on TALK 820 (820 CHAM).