Shutout gives Bulldogs fifth straight AHL win

The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the San Antonio Rampage 4-0 on Wednesday night at Copps Coliseum. The win was the ‘Dogs fifth win in a row and Curtis Sanford’s fourth shutout of the American Hockey League season as he made 22 saves.

The ‘Dogs opened the scoring at 11:14 of the first period. Tom Pyatt sent a pass to David Desharnais, who fed the puck across the crease to Brock Trotter. Trotter flipped a shot over sprawled San Antonio goaltender Josh Tordjman.

The ‘Dogs upped the score just 1:18 into the second stanza. P.K. Subban’s shot from the point bounced off the leg of a San Antonio defender and onto the stick of Mike Glumac. Glumac promptly slid the puck between the legs of Tordjman and into the net. Subban gave Hamilton a 3-0 lead eight minutes later. Trotter fed a cross-ice pass to Desharnais, who wired a shot on net that was stopped by Tordjman only to have Subban stuffed the loose rebound over the goal line.

Desharnais scored at 3:08 of the final frame to give the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead. Brock Trotter received the puck from Andre Benoit while positioned in the left corner of the Rampage’s zone. Trotter then dished the puck to Deshanrais, who was stationed at the right faceoff circle and rifled a shot over the glove of Tordjman.

Trotter finished the night with four points while Desharnais had three.

Hamilton outshot the San Antonio, 26-22 before a crowd of 3,228.

The Bulldogs travel to Rochester to battle the Americans on Friday (Feb.5) at 7:05 p.m.