Monsters unable to scare off Bulldogs

The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Lake Erie Monsters 3-1 on Friday night in front of 3,277 fans at Copps Coliseum. Ben Maxwell and Brock Trotter each had two point nights to lead the ’Dogs to the American Hockey League victory.

Following a scoreless first period, the Bulldogs struck first at 11:54 of the second stanza. Trotter passed to Maxwell, who skated down the left side and rifled a shot over the glove of Lake Erie goaltender Tyler Weiman.

Hamilton extended its lead while on the power play at 19:30 of the frame. Maxwell sent a pass to Yannick Weber, who was positioned at the point. Weber fired a one-timer that was stopped by Weiman but the Monsters’ goaltender could not control the rebound and Trotter banged the loose puck into the net for his 11th goal of the season.

Lake Erie got on the score board 12 seconds into the final frame. Brian Willsie sent a pass to Ryan Stoa, who was positioned in the slot. Stoa ripped a shot that sailed over the glove of goaltender Cedrick Desjardins.

The Bulldogs sealed the victory at 19:18 of the final frame. With Weiman on the bench for the extra Lake Erie attacker, P.K. Subban collected the puck in his own zone before flipping the puck into the neutral zone. Mathieu Darche won a foot race with a Monsters defender and gained possession of the puck before sliding it into the open net.

The Bulldogs will host the Grand Rapids Griffins tonight (Saturday) at 7 o’clock at Copps.