The Hamilton Bulldogs blanked the Lake Erie Monsters 4-0 on Friday night. Ben Maxwell’s goal in the first period proved to be the game-winner while Curtis Sanford stopped all 16 shots he faced and Cedrick Desjardins stopped all eight shots that came his way.
The Bulldogs offence stared at10:27 of the first frame. Brock Trotter received a pass from Andre Benoit before relaying the puck to Maxwell who beat goaltender Tyler Weiman. The goal was not initially called but after the referee and goal judge conferred the goal was declared.
The ‘Dogs second goal came at 15:44. P.K. Subban hammered a shot from the blue line that was saved by Weiman. Frederic St. Denis grabbed the loose rebound and whacked it into the net.
Hamilton took a 3-0 lead 22 seconds into of the middle stanza. Grant Stevenson passed to Mathieu Carle, who had skated towards the net from the blue line. Carle wristed a shot over the left shoulder of Weiman and into the top of the net. Mike Glumac completed the scoring at 16:19. Ryan Murphy skated behind the net before wrapping around and sliding the puck along the ice. Weiman put his stick along the ice stopping Murphy but he could not contain the rebound as Glumac flipped the puck over the sprawled goaltender.
Hamilton starting goaltender Curtis Sanford gave way to Cedrick Desjardins for the final period.
A crowd of 9,066 took in the game.
The Bulldogs meet the Monsters for another game today (Saturday) in Cleveland at 1 p.m.