Monsters stonewalled by ’Dogs netminder … again

The Hamilton Bulldogs earned their second shutout victory over the Lake Erie Monsters 4-0 on Friday (Jan.16) in front of 5,035 fans at Copps Coliseum. For goalie Loic Lacasse, who stopped 28 shots, the shutout was his second in the American Hockey League.

After a scoreless first period, the Bulldogs opened the scoring at 4:30 of the middle frame. Brock Trotter’s pass towards the net was tipped by Ben Maxwell and eluded Lake Erie goaltender Tyler Weiman.

Defenceman Alex Henry gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead four minutes later when his point shot travelled through traffic in front of the net. Hamilton added its third goal of the period at 11:58. T.J. Kemp sent a pass to Dan Jancevski, who relayed the puck to Yanick Lehoux. He tapped the puck past Weiman. The assist was Kemp’s second of the night. Ryan O’Bryne also had a pair of helpers.

Hamilton solidified the victory with a goal 14:16 of the third stanza. Mathieu Aubin collected the puck in front of the net before rifling a shot over the right shoulder of Weiman. Bulldogs had 28 shots on the Monsters backstopper.

The ‘Dogs travel to Syracuse this weekend to face the Crunch on Saturday (Jan. 17) at 7:30 p.m. and on Monday (Jan. 19) for an uncommon 2 p.m. start. The games can be heard on radio station 820 CHAM or at