’Dogs need shoot out to down Amerks

Mike Glumac may have been held scoreless in the shootout, but he was effective enough earlier in the game. His two goals and one assist carried the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 4-3 American Hockey League win over the Americans on Sunday night (March 15) in Rochester.

Yanick Lehoux, who was kept off the score sheet, in regulation time and in the overtime period, scored twice for the Bulldogs in the shootout session to get Hamilton the win. Rochester had scored three short handed goals to force overtime and the shootout.

The Bulldogs opened the game’s scoring at 9:34 of the first frame. David Desharnais sent a cross-ice pass to Brock Trotter, who released a shot. The puck sailed past Rochester goaltender Tyler Plante. Glumac also earned an assist on the goal.

The Americans tied the game with a shorthanded marker at 5:04 of the middle frame. Hamilton goaltender Cedrick Desjardins left his net to play a loose puck. His clearing attempt up the middle of the ice was intercepted by Kenndal McArdle at centre ice. With Desjardins out of his net, McArdle fired the puck into the empty goal.

Glumac regained the Bulldogs’ lead at 8:08 of the period. Trotter fed a pass to Glumac, who rifled a shot past Plante to increase his goal-scoring streak to five games. T.J. Kemp also earned an assist on the goal.

The Americans tied the game 2-2 with their second shorthanded goal at 5:07 of the final frame. Michael Caruso sent a pass to Drew Larman, who snapped a shot that beat Desjardins.

Glumac collected his second goal of the game at 14:17 of the third stanza. While on the power play, Ben Maxwell received a pass from Sergei Kostitsyn before sending the puck to Glumac. Glumac fired a shot that beat Plante to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead. With the assist, Kostitsyn extended his point streak to seven games.

David Brine scored the Amerks third shorthanded goal of the game at 17:43 of the third period. Brine skated into the Bulldogs’ zone before using a deke to get past a Hamilton defender and fire a shot that beat Desjardins. Randall Gelech and Franklin MacDonald also earned assists on the play.

The Bulldogs continue their five-game road trip on Tuesday (March 17) at 8:05 p.m. against the Iowa Chops. Fans can listen to every ‘Dogs game on TALK 82 radio or they can listen or watch at www.hamiltonbulldogs.com by clicking on the ‘AHL Live’ or ‘TALK 820’ icons on the Bulldogs website. All regular-season radio and online broadcasts will begin with a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to each scheduled game-time.