The Hamilton Bulldogs dropped a 3-2 American Hockey League decision to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday night (Feb. 14). Former Bulldog Jean-Philippe Cote scored the game-winning goal.
The Penguins opened the scoring at 4:41 of the first frame. Connor James skated behind the net before centering the puck to Luca Caputi, who beat goaltender Cedrick Desjardins.
Chad Anderson tied the game seven minutes later. Steve Gainey sent the puck to Anderson, who ripped a shot that sailed over the glove of Wilkes-Barre goalie John Curry.
Tyler Shelast gave the Bulldogs the lead at 14:34 while on the power play. While just outside the goal crease, Shelast collected the puck before rifling a shot underneath the crossbar. The goal was Shelast’s first as a Bulldog. T.J. Kemp assisted on both Hamilton goals.
Mark Letestu was rewarded a penalty shot in the middle frame after being hauled down by Yannick Weber but was stopped by Desjardins.
The Pens tied the game 2-2 at 5:49 of the third frame. Adam Henrich fed a pass to Tim Wallace, whose shot rang off the post and into the back of the net. At 12:59, Cote scored the game winning goal for Wilkes-Barre. Cote received the puck from Jeff Taffe before wristing a shot over the right shoulder of Desjardins.
Hamilton was outshot, 32-22.
The Bulldogs continue their five-game road trip on Monday (Feb. 16) when they travel to Philadelphia to battle the Phantoms for a 5:05 p.m. game.