Desharnais has good night but ’Dogs’ teammates falter

The Hamilton Bulldogs were defeated 5-2 by the Rochester Americans in front of 2,715 fans at Copps Coliseum on Tuesday night. David Desharnais had two assists extending his American Hockey League point streak to seven games but it was not enough for the Bulldogs.

Rochester opened the game’s scoring at 1:43 of the second stanza when Michael Duco beat goaltender Curtis Sanford.

The Amerks scored at 3:10 of the third frame to take a 2-0 lead. Graham Mink grabbed a rebound and shoved the puck underneath Sanford. Forty-seven seconds later Andrew Sweetland increased the Amerks lead.

Fourteen seconds later the ‘Dogs got on the scoreboard at 4:11. P.K. Subban collected the puck at the blue line before hammering a shot towards the net. Desharnais deflected Subban’s shot before Mike Glumac grabbed the loose puck and beat Rochester goaltender Alexander Salak.

The Americans added their fourth goal of the game at 6:45 when David Brine beat Sanford

Hamilton cut the lead to 4-2 at 18:19 while on a power play. Glumac passed the puck to Subban, who snapped a shot from the point. The puck sailed through traffic in front of the net before beating Salak.

Rochester sealed the win with an empty net goal one minute later when Jeff Taffe deposited the puck into the empty net.

Each team had 30 shots on net.

The Bulldogs welcome the Houston Aeros to Copps Coliseum for a game tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m.