Bulldogs fail to answer the Bell

The Hamilton Bulldogs were defeated 2-1 by the Binghamton Senators in front of 14,702 fans at Bell Centre. The loss was the first the ‘Dogs suffered in regulation time this season and ends an 11-game point streak in the American Hockey League.

Binghamton opened the scoring at 15:59 of the first period while on a five-on-three power play. Denis Hamel fired a shot from the blue line that was saved by Hamilton goaltender Curtis Sanford. Sanford also turned aside a rebound attempt by Martin St. Pierre but could not stop Ryan Keller who whacked the loose puck past the goaltender.

The Senators took a 2-0 lead at 8:02 of the second period. Jason Bailey stripped the puck off a Bulldogs’ defender before firing a shot that beat Sanford.

Hamilton got on the scoreboard at 8:39 of the final frame with a power-play goal. Shawn Belle stopped a clearing attempt before sliding a pass to P.K. Subban. Subban blasted a one-time shot from the top of the left circle that sailed past Binghamton goaltender Mike Brodeur. The goal was Subban’s first-career AHL goal.

Hamilton outshot the Senators 37-26.

The Bulldogs travel to Ottawa to battle the Binghamton Senators at Scotiabank Place at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Fans can listen to every ‘Dogs game on TALK 820. Fans can also listen or watch at www.hamiltonbulldogs.com by clicking on the ‘AHL Live’ or ‘TALK 820’ icons on the Bulldogs website.