’Dogs begin road trip with 5-1 home win over Crunch

Led by the two-goal efforts of Mike Glumac and Ryan Russell, the Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Syracuse Crunch 5-1 in front of 3,659 fans at Copps Coliseum on Saturday (Nov. 14).

The Crunch opened the American Hockey League game’s scoring at 5:42 of the first frame. While on a power-play, Alexandre Picard beat goaltender Cedrick Desjardins.

Hamilton tied the game one minute later, also a power play effort. Ben Maxwell fed a pass to Glumac, who raced down the right side boards before snapping a shot past the blocker of goaltender Dan LaCosta. Glumac added his second goal of the game exactly eight minutes later at14:40. David Desharnais skated into the Crunch’s zone before sending a pass back to Glumac, who was positioned at the top of the right faceoff circle. Glumac blasted a one-time shot that squeaked through the pads of LaCosta.

Desharnais gave Hamilton a 3-1 lead 58 seconds into the game of the middle stanza. Brock Trotter’s initial shot was rejected by LaCosta but Desharnais grabbed the rebound and beat the goaltender. Glumac also earned an assist on the goal, his third point of the night.

The ‘Dogs added their fourth goal at 4:31 of the final frame. Maxwell skated down the right side boards before centering a pass to Russell, who was in front of the net. Russell tipped the pass up and over the shoulder of LaCosta. Russell scored his second goal of the game at 6:19. Sergei Kostitsyn sent a pass to the slot where Russell directed a past LaCosta.

Hamilton outshot Syracuse, 31-23.

The Bulldogs begin a four-game road trip in Abbotsford against the Head on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Gametime is 10:30 p.m. EST and the game can be heard on radio TALK 820.