Sanford blanks Rampage for second AHL shutout

The Hamilton Bulldogs extended their American Hockey League point streak to seven games Friday night, defeating the San Antonio Rampage 3-0 in Texas.

The victory marked a franchise record for a point streak to start a season and Hamilton remains the only team in the AHL that has yet to suffer a regulation loss. For goalie Curtis Sanford, who stopped 24 shots, it was his second shutout of the early season.

The ‘Dogs opened the scoring at 5:47 of the first period. Tom Pyatt received a pass from Brock Trotter while positioned in the high slot. Pyatt ripped a shot that bounced off the glove of San Antonio goaltender Al Montoya and into the net. Sergei Kostitsyn also earned an assist on the goal. Montoya would face 36 shots on the night.

The Bulldogs second goal came on the power play at 3:47 of the final frame. Montoya made the initial save on Andre Benoit’s shot but could not contain the rebound. Ben Maxwell grabbed the loose puck to beat Montoya. Hamilton’s final marker was also a power play effort at 15:44. Pyatt fed a pass to Mathieu Carle, whose backhand beat Montoya. Yannick had the second assist.

The Bulldogs continue their three-game road trip in Austin, Texas when they battle the Texas Stars at 8 p.m. tonight. Fans can listen to every ‘Dogs game on radio station TALK 820.

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