The Hamilton Bulldogs were defeated by the Manitoba Moose 4-3 on Wednesday night (Jan. 21) in front of 3,043 fans at Copps Coliseum. The Moose recorded three power-play goals while Jason Krog had two goals and an assist.
Shaun Heshka opened the American Hockey League game’s scoring at 9:07. Michael Grabner fed a pass to Mark Cullen who relayed the puck to Heshka. With Hamilton goalie Marc Denis sprawling, Heshka flipped the puck into the net.
Manitoba added its second goal on the power play exactly six minutes later. Krog sent a cross-crease pass to Jason Jaffray who rifled a shot over the glove of Denis for the goal.
The ‘Dogs added two goals at the end of the first frame to tie the game 2-2. At 18:12, Brock Trotter received a pass from Ben Maxwell while positioned at the top of the right circle. Trotter skated towards Manitoba goaltender Cory Schneider before using a deke and sliding the puck past the netminder.
With one second remaining in the frame, Mathieu Aubin scored his fifth goal. Ryan O’Byrne received the puck after a faceoff win before sending a pass to Dan Jancevski, who blasted a shot towards the net. Aubin tipped the puck out of mid-air and past Schneider to tie the game.
The Moose regained their lead while on the power play at 13:33 of the second stanza. Krog received the puck at the left side of the net before snapping a shot past Denis.
Shawn Belle brought the Bulldogs even again at 16:06 while on the power play in the third period. Maxwell’s shot was stopped by Schneider but Belle grabbed the rebound to beat Schneider.
Krog added his second goal of the night to win the game for Manitoba with 1.42 left in the game.
The Bulldogs host the Chicago Wolves at 7:30 p.m. on Friday (Jan. 23). The game will be broadcast live on Cable 14. Fans can listen to every ‘Dogs game on TALK 820 and they can listen or watch at www.hamiltonbulldogs.com by clicking on the ‘AHL Live’ or ‘TALK 820’ icons on the Bulldogs website.