The Hamilton Bulldogs shutout the Lake Erie Monsters for the second time in as many days with a 3-0 win. The American Hockey League victory was the Bulldogs 500th regular season win in franchise history.
Following a scoreless first period on Saturday night, the Bulldogs opened the game’s scoring at 15:46 of the middle stanza. Brock Trotter sent a backhand pass to David Desharnais whose initial shot was stopped by Lake Erie goaltender Trevor Cann. Desharnais, however, batted in the rebound.
Ryan Russell added Hamilton’s second goal 37 seconds later. Russell skated down the left side of the ice before snapping a shot that beat Cann over the right shoulder.
The ‘Dogs scored their final goal at 18:38 of the period. Chad Anderson fed a pass to Trotter, who skated into Lake Erie’s zone. Trotter cut across the middle of the ice before releasing a shot as he was falling down. The puck slid along the ice before beating Cann.
Hamilton goaltender Cedrick Desjardins stopped all 32 shots he faced to record his second shutout of the season. Hamilton had 22 shots on net. A crowd of 4,756 took in the game.
The Bulldogs host the Toronto Marlies on Friday (Dec. 4) at 7:30 p.m. at Copps Coliseum.