Monsters shoot out lights on Bulldogs’ win streak

The Hamilton Bulldogs seven-game American Hockey League winning streak was snapped in a 5-4 shootout loss to the Lake Erie Monsters on Friday night in Cleveland.

Ben Maxwell scored a goal and added two assists as he returned to the ‘Dogs line-up for the first time since Jan. 23rd.

The Monsters opened the game’s scoring at 4:14 of the first frame. Brian Fahey’s shot on net was stopped by Hamilton goaltender Cedrick Desjardins but a bouncing puck in front of the net was knocked into the net by Philippe Dupuis.

The ‘Dogs tied the game with 13 seconds left in the period with a power-play goal. Andre Benoit received the puck from Maxwell before saucering a pass to Brock Trotter, who blasted a one-timer that beat Lake Erie goaltender Tyler Weiman.

The Monsters regained a one-goal lead at 3:41 of the middle stanza while on the power play. Tom Preissing blasted a shot towards the net that was tipped by Brian Willsie.

The Bulldogs responded a minute later. Max Pacioretty’s shot on net was stopped by Weiman but the rebound found the stick of Maxwell, who fired a shot past Weiman to knot the game, 2-2. At 5:16, Hamilton took a 3-2 lead. Maxwell sent a pass to Shawn Belle, who hammered a shot from the point. The puck bounced off Weiman’s pads, off the post and into the back of the net.

Willsie tied the game 3-3 at 9:33 of the middle period. Randy Rowe fed a pass to Willsie, who rifled a shot over the glove of Desjardins and into the top of the net. At 12:17, Hensick regained a one-goal lead for Lake Erie. Willsie received the puck from Rowe before dishing a pass to Hensick, who ripped a one-time shot past Desjardins.

Following this goal, Curtis Sanford replaced Desjardins in net.

The Bulldogs tied the game at 6:58 of the final frame while on the power play. Brock Trotter sent a pass to Benoit, who proceeded to fire a shot towards the net. Ryan Russell redirected the shot into the net.

With the game tied and neither team able to score in the extra period, the game went to a shootout. Trotter was the only ‘Dogs player to score on five opportunities while Hensick and Brock Bradford tallied for the Monsters to win the game.

Hamilton outshot their hosts, 38-26 before a crowd of 7,576.

The Bulldogs will host the Abbotsford Heat in their annual Pink in the Rink game at Copps Coliseum tonight at 7 o’clock.