Brock Trotter and Mike Glumac provided all the firepower for the Hamilton Bulldogs on Saturday night.
Trotter netted three goals and Glumac had the other two as the Bulldogs scored a 5-2 win over the visitors to Copps Coliseum, the Grand Rapids Griffins. Trotter also had one assist and Glumac recorded a pair of helpers to give each player a four-point night in the American Hockey League tilt witnessed by 3,110 onlookers.
Following a scoreless first period, the Bulldogs opened the game’s scoring at 1:43 of the second stanza. Ben Maxwell’s shot on net was stopped by Grand Rapids goaltender Jordan Pearce. Pearce stopped a second shot from Glumac but could not stop the third effort from Trotter who grabbed the loose rebound and slid the puck past the Griffins’ goaltender.
Trotter added his second goal of the period at 7:16 while on the power play. David Desharnais received the puck from Yannick Weber while stationed at the right side of the net. Desharnais dished a cross-crease pass to Trotter, who waited patiently before sending a shot over a sprawled Pearce. Hamilton added its third goal at 16:05. Shawn Belle sent a pass to Andre Benoit, who blasted a shot from the point. While positioned in front of the net, Glumac tipped the shot between the pads of Pearce.
Glumac collected his second marker at 2:31 of the final frame. Frederic St. Denis fired a shot on net that was saved by Pearce but the goaltender could not contain the rebound and Glumac slipped the puck behind the netminder.
Grand Rapids lit the score board four minutes later when Mattias Ritola beat goalie Cedrick Desjardins. The Griffins cut the lead to two at 9:15. Jamie Tardif intercepted a failed clearing attempt by Desjardins and fired the puck into an open net.
Trotter secured the win for Hamilton with two seconds left in the game. With the net empty, Glumac fired a shot from his own end that just missed the net. Trotter raced down the ice to grab the loose puck and deposited it into the net.
Hamilton outshot their guests 38-27.
The Bulldogs will host the Lake Erie Monsters on Monday (Jan. 11) at 7:30 p.m. at Copps Coliseum.