As rocker Meatloaf would say, two out of three ain’t bad. And that’s how it was for the Hamilton Bulldogs after they fell 6-5 to the Rochester Americans on Sunday night (Jan. 11).
The Bulldogs started their American Hockey League weekend with a sweep of the Lake Erie Monsters (3-0 Friday, 4-3 Saturday) in a home-and-home series but they couldn’t finish the three days with a third win in Rochester.
Hamilton sits in third place in the Western Conference’s North Division with 50 points, four behind Grand Rapids and Manitoba. The ‘Dogs welcome Grand Rapids to Copps Coliseum on Wednesday (Jan. 14) when they will play their 1000th game. The puck drops at 7.30 p.m.
On Sunday night, the Bulldogs opened the scoring at 1:12 of the first frame. David Desharnais raced down the left wing before he sent a pass to Mike Glumac who beat Rochester goaltender Mike Brodeur. With the assist, Desharnais increased his point streak to nine games.
The Americans tied the game with a power-play marker at 9:44 when Karl Stewart beat Hamilton starting goaltender Cedrick Desjardins.
Yanick Lehoux regained the lead for the ‘Dogs three minutes later with his first of two goals on the night.
Rochester tied the game again at 14:38. Desjardins stopped a shot by Michael Caruso but could not control the rebound which Shawn Matthias backhanded into the net.
The ‘Dogs regained another one goal lead before Rochester tied the game, 3-3-, for the third time in the first period. Desharnais shovelled a loose puck over Brodeur at 17:16 and at 19:42, Garrison pulled the Amerks even.
Loic Lacasse replaced Desjardins to start the second period.
Matthias scored his second goal of the game on the power play at 4:16 to give Rochester its first lead of the night. Cory Murphy hammered a shot that bounced off the back boards and onto the stick of Matthias. The Amerks stretched the lead to 5-3 at 16:13 while on the power play when Murphy blasted a shot right past Lacasse.
Following the goal, Desjardins replaced his replacement.
Rochester added its sixth goal at 7:31 of the final frame when Matthias fed the puck to Stefan Meyer who snapped a shot past Desjardins.
Lehoux added his second goal on the power play at 12:15. Steve Gainey pulled the ‘Dogs to within one goal just over a minute later. Ryan Russell sent a pass to Dan Jancevski, who fed a pass to Gainey.