The Hamilton Bulldogs skated to their third straight win, downing the Hershey Bears 4-2. The American Hockey League decision on Wednesday night (Feb.11) gave Hamilton a sweep of their regular season series with the Bears.
The Bears opened the game’s scoring at 3:29 of the first frame. Alexandre Giroux gained control of the puck in the Bulldogs’ zone before deking a few Hamilton players and firing a shot towards the net. Graham Mink batted the puck out of mid-air and past Hamilton goaltender Marc Denis.
The Bulldogs tied the game 1-1 at 4:16 of the opening stanza. Brock Trotter fed a pass to David Desharnais who skated towards the net before snapping a shot over the shoulder of Hershey goaltender Daren Machesney.
Kyle Wilson regained the leader for Hershey at 15:06 of the first period. Quintin Laing passed to Wilson who waited patiently before firing a shot past Denis to give the Bears a 2-1 lead heading into the second period.
At 4:42 of the middle frame, Yanick Lehoux tied the game 2-2. Trotter fed a pass through traffic and directly onto the stick of Lehoux, who tapped the puck past Machesney for the goal. Ryan Kinasewich earned an assist on the marker, his first point in his first game as a Bulldog. Hamilton earned its first lead of the game at 18:02. Ryan Russell’s shot deflected off the crossbar and Kyle Chipchura tucked the puck into the net.
Hamilton increased its lead to 4-2 while on the power play at 9:15 of the final frame. Machesney was bumped out of position by one of his own defenders after stopping a Ben Maxwell shot. The puck was bouncing in front of the net before Ryan White batted it past Machesney.
The Bulldogs continue their five-game road trip tonight (Feb. 13) when they travel to Norfolk to battle the Admirals at 7:15 p.m.