The Hamilton Bulldogs remain the only team in the American Hockey League to register a regulation loss this season, after defeating the Texas Stars 2-1 in a shootout on Saturday night. With the win, the ‘Dogs extended their point streak to eight games.
Mathieu Darche opened the game’s scoring at 13:04 of the first frame. Mathieu Carle fired a shot that was stopped by Texas goaltender Matt Climie. Darche batted the puck out of mid-air and into the net. Ben Maxwell also picked up an assist.
The Stars tied the game 1-1 at 17:41 while on a 5-on-3 power play. Garrett Stafford received the puck from Mathieu Beaudoin before blasting a shot from the point. The puck sailed past Hamilton goaltender Curtis Sanford and into the net.
Neither team could score in the extra period, which sent the game into a shootout. Tom Pyatt and Mathieu Darche scored for Hamilton while Sanford stopped four of five shooters to lead the ‘Dogs to victory.
Hamilton outshot Texas, 38-25.
The Bulldogs end their three-game road trip in Houston when they battle the Aeros on Tuesday (Oct. 27).