The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Manitoba Moose 6-2 on Wednesday night (April 8th) in front of 6,499 fans. Ryan Russell had two goals including his fourth shorthanded goal of the season to move the Bulldogs back into second place in the American Hockey League’s North Division.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring at 8:08 of the first period. Kyle Chipchura sent a pass to Russell, who skated down the left side. Russell released a shot that beat Manitoba goaltender Cory Schneider.
Hamilton added its second goal while on the power play at 8:27 of the middle frame. Ben Maxwell passed to Mike Glumac who rifled a shot over the right shoulder of Schneider.
The Moose cut the lead to one goal three minutes later. Raymond Sawada picked-off a clearing attempt by Hamilton goaltender Marc Denis before sending a pass to Guillaume Desbiens, who was positioned in front of the net. Desbiens fired a shot that beat Denis through the five-hole.
Brock Trotter gave the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead while on the power play at 18:47 of the period. Glumac fired a shot on net that was stopped by Schneider. Schneider was unable to control the rebound allowing Trotter to bang the puck into the net. The goal increased Trotter’s goal-scoring streak to four games.
Manitoba made the game 3-2 with a goal at 2:31 of the final frame. Pierre-Cedric Labrie earned a partial breakaway as he fought off a Bulldogs defender. Labrie fell to the ice but managed to shove the puck under Denis’ pads with one hand on his stick.
Chad Anderson scored at 6:09 to regain Hamilton’s two-goal lead. Max Pacioretty sent the puck to Anderson, who blasted a shot from the point. The shot sailed through traffic before beating Schneider between the legs. The Bulldogs increased their lead to 5-2 just 17 seconds later. Chipchura fed a pass to Russell, who was stationed in the slot. Russel snapped a shot that beat Schneider on the glove side.
Following the goal, Manitoba replaced Schneider with goaltender Curtis Sanford.
Hamilton scored its third power-play goal of the game at 11:49. T.J. Kemp sent a pass to Yanick Lehoux before Lehoux deked past a Manitoba player. Lehoux ripped a shot that sailed over the right shoulder of Sanford and into the back of the net.
Hamilton outshot the visitors 43-25.
The Bulldogs travel to Grand Rapids to battle the Griffins on Friday (April 10) at 7 p.m. game. The game can be heard on TALK 820 radio or watched 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.