The Hamilton Bulldogs left Winnipeg with some good news and some bad news.
The good news was they outshot the Manitoba Moose almost 2-1 (46-25). The bad news was that goalie Cory Schneider blocked 44 of those shots and backstopped the Moose to a 3-2 American Hockey League win over the Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon (March 29).
The Bulldogs opened the game’s scoring at 3:35 of the first frame. Shawn Belle’s initial shot was stopped by Schneider but Brock Trotter grabbed the rebound and beat the netminder.
The Moose tied the game at 13:24 of the middle stanza while on the power play. Hamilton goaltender Marc Denis stopped Matt Pope’s shot but couldn’t control the rebound which Jason Krog deposited into the net.
Travis Ramsey gave Manitoba a 2-1 lead at 5:31 of the final frame. He received a pass from Alexandre Bolduc before blasting a shot from the right point. The puck sailed through traffic in front of the net before beating Denis on the blocker side. The Moose took a 3-1 lead seven minutes later. Krog passed to Jason Jaffray, who skated down the left side boards. Jaffray snapped a shot that sailed over the right shoulder of Denis.
A crowd of 9,681 watched the contest.
The Bulldogs cut the Moose’s lead to 3-2 while on the power play at 18:12 of the third period. Yannick Weber fed a pass across the point to Ben Maxwell. Maxwell one-timed a shot past the glove of Schneider. David Desharnais also earned an assist on the goal, his second on the night.
The Bulldogs return to Copps Coliseum on Friday (April 3) for a 7:30 p.m. game against the Grand Rapids Griffins.