Phantoms can’t scare Bulldogs who skate to sixth straight win

The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Adirondack Phantoms 4-1 on Wednesday night at Copps Coliseum. J.T. Wyman recorded a hat-trick for the ‘Dogs while Cedrick Desjardins made 25 saves in the win, Hamilton’s sixth straight in the American Hockey League.

Hamilton got on the scoreboard first at 16:54 of the opening period. P.K. Subban received the puck from Ryan White before firing a shot towards the net. While positioned in front of the net, Wyman redirected the shot past the glove of Adirondack goaltender Johan Backlund.

The Phantoms tied the game at 9:13 of the second stanza. Sean Curry blasted a shot from the top of the right faceoff circle that bounced off the goal post and onto the stick of Mika Pyorala who a fired a shot past sprawling netminder Cedrick Desjardins.

The Bulldogs took the lead again at 5:30 of the final frame. Ryan Russell’s shot on net was stopped by Backlund who could not contain the rebound. Wyman grabbed the loose puck and shovelled it into the net. The ‘Dogs increased their lead to 3-1 at 14:41. While skating in on a two-on-one, Ben Maxwell fed the puck to Russell, who one-timed a shot past Backlund.

Wyman scored his third goal of the game at 18:31 with an empty net tally. He took a pass from David Desharnais before releasing a shot from the neutral zone into the empty net to seal the victory.

Hamilton outshot their guests, 37-26, before a crowd of 2,510

The Bulldogs host the Chicago Wolves in a battle of the top two teams in the Western Conference on Friday (March 5) at 7:30 p.m. at Copps Coliseum.