Third period collapse buries Bulldogs

Three third period goals, two from Michael Duco, carried the Rochester Americans to a 4-1 American Hockey League win over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday (Feb. 27).

After the 4,489 in attendance watched a scoreless opening period at Copps Coliseum, David Desharnais put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard at 5:59 of the middle frame. His wrist shot beat goalie Mike Brodeur after Desharnais faked a pass on a two-on-one break. The Amerks tied the game 11 minutes later when Karl Stewart scooped up a rebound to beat Marc Denis.

Rochester took a 2-1 lead while on the power play just 34 seconds into the third period. Duco struck again at 8:19 when his shot trickled across the goal line. Shawn Matthias completed the scoring just over a minute later.

Following the goal, Cedrick Desjardins replaced Denis in net. Rochester outshot Hamilton, 28-24.

The Americans are last in the Western Conference’s Northern Division with 51 points while the Bulldogs sit in third place with 72 points.

Next up for the Bulldogs are their QEW rivals, the Toronto Marlies (in fourth place with 65 points), at 7 p.m. at Copps.