There wasn’t a lot of scoring between the Hamilton Bulldogs and the Philadelphia Phantoms on Monday (Feb. 16) but when there was, it came quickly. And at the end of the American Hockey League meeting, the visiting Bulldogs were on the positive side of a 3-2 score as they continue their five-game road trip.
With Monday’s victory the Bulldogs are 3-1 on this recent tour which concludes on Friday (Feb. 20) in Toronto against the Marlies.
Hamilton opened Monday’s scoring but not until the 1:37 of the middle frame. Brock Trotter and T.J. Kemp were both turned aside by Philadelphia goaltender Scott Munroe before David Desharnais grabbed the second rebound for his 15th goal of the current campaign.
Three minutes latter former Bulldog Danny Syvret pulled the Phantoms even when his shot eluded goalie Marc Denis.
While on the power play at 13.57, Ben Maxwell converted Trotter’s pass into his 14th goal to restore Hamilton’s lead.
Steve Gainey needed just 18 seconds of play into the final period to score what would stand as the game winning goal. Less than two minutes after his fifth goal, Philadelphia cut the lead to one at 2:06. Oskars Bartulis hammered a shot through traffic and in transit the puck bounced off Nate Raduns and beat Denis.
For the Bulldogs, Trotter and Kemp each had two-assist nights.
Denis and Moore each faced 29 shots.