Six-goal outbursts stops Bulldogs losing streak

The Hamilton Bulldogs snapped a four-game losing skid, handily defeating the Rochester Americans, 6-1, on Friday night (Jan. 22) in Rochester.

The Bulldogs opened the American Hockey League game’s scoring at 7:06 of the first period. David Desharnais passed to Brock Trotter, who backhanded the puck over Rochester goaltender Alexander Salak.

Hamilton extended the lead two minutes later when Salak attempted to collected the puck behind his net, only to become tangled up with Ben Maxwell. The puck slid out to Tom Pyatt, who was positioned in front of the net to score into the open cage. With just over a minute to play in the period, J.T. Wyman gave the visitors a 3-0 lead. Trotter and Pyatt picked up assists.

Tyler Plante replaced Salak in the Rochester net to start the second period and was rudely welcomed to the contest. Forty-four seconds into the frame, Trotter scored his second goal on the night, and 20th of the season, while the ’Dogs were on a power play. Maxwell and P.K. Subban assisted.

The ‘Dogs took a 5-0 lead at 8:37. Desharnais sprung Ryan White on a breakaway and he beat Plante.

Rochester got its lone goal just 53 seconds into the final frame. Jeff Taffe was able to beat netminder Cedrick Desjardins.

Midway through the period, Wyman added his second goal to complete Hamilton’s scoring. Grant Stevenson took a pass Greg Stewart and relayed the puck to Wyman for the counter.

Hamilton outshot the Amerks 36-30. The attendance was 5,671.

The North Division’s first-place Bulldogs will battle the last and seventh-place Toronto Marlies at 7 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 23) at Ricoh Coliseum.