It’s Crunch-ed time for Bulldogs


The Hamilton Bulldogs dropped a 3-1 decision to the Syracuse Crunch on Sunday (Feb. 22), after scoring a 4-1 verdict against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday night. A total of 9,993 spectators took in the two American Hockey League games at Copps Coliseum.

On Sunday Dan LaCosta made 34 saves for the Crunch in the win. Hamilton had opened the scoring on Ryan Kinasewich’s first goal as a Bulldog at 15.10 of the first period. The goal was also the 3000th regular season marker scored by the Bulldogs. David Desharnais and Andrew Conboy earned assists on the score. It was Conboy’s first-career AHL point.
Syracuse tied the game while on the power play at 19:57 of the middle frame when Derek MacKenzie beat Marc Denis.
The Crunch took a 2-1 lead at 9:53 of the final frame on Nick Holden’s goal. Syracuse completed the scoring at 14:41 when Steve Kelly beat Denis, who faced 32 shots.

On Saturday night, Ryan Russell scored two goals to lead the Bulldogs to the 4-1 win.

After a scoreless first period, the Penguins drew first blood with a marker at 3:12 of the middle frame. Aaron Boogaard grabbed a rebound and beat Denis. Thirteen minutes later the Bulldogs tied the game when goalie John Curry couldn’t control a rebound and Russell scored his first.

It was Russell again at 4:05 of the final frame. He had a breakaway after receiving a pass from J.T. Wyman and beat Curry for the 2-1 lead. Brock Trotter increased Hamilton’s lead at 6:09 and Tyler Shelast clinched the game for Hamilton after potting an empty net goal at 19:28.

The Bulldogs return to the ice on Friday (Feb. 27) when they host the Rochester Americans at 7:30 p.m. game at Copps.