Cedrick Desjardins’s fifth shutout of the season – and the team’s eighth – earned the visiting Hamilton Bulldogs a 4-0 American Hockey League win over the over the Adirondack Phantoms.
Desjardins extended his shutout streak to 125 minutes and 14 seconds while David Desharnais increased his goal-scoring streak to five games on Friday night (Dec. 18) in front of 3,508 onlookers.
The Bulldogs first goal came at 19:12 of the opening frame. Greg Stewart received a pass from J.T. Wyman before firing a wrist shot on net that trickled through the legs of Adirondack goaltender John Grahame. The ‘Dogs took a 2-0 lead with a shorthanded marker with 12 seconds left in the period. Desharnais’s pass to Brock Trotter was converted into the marker.
Desharnais added Hamilton’s third goal at 14:09 of the third period. Mike Glumac relayed the rubber to Desharnais, who ripped a shot that sailed over Grahame and into the net. Twenty-one seconds later, Ben Maxwell scored. While positioned at the side of the net, Maxwell sent a pass into the crease and the puck bounced off Grahame and slid into the net.
Hamilton had 23 shots on net.
The Bulldogs will meet the Wolf Pack in Hartford today at 7 p.m. and on Sunday they will play their North Division rivals, and leaders, at 5 p.m. The second-place ’Dogs are two points back of the Amerks.
Sunday’s game will be Hamilton’s last until Boxing Day, when the Bulldogs return to Rochester. Hamilton’s next home game is Monday, Dec. 28, when the Toronto Marlies visit Copps Coliseum.