Make that eight and counting for the Bulldogs.
Hamilton defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday night – the Bulldogs second shootout win in as many nights – at Copps Coliseum. With the win, the ‘Dogs are now on a season-high eight game winning streak in American Hockey League play.
And the ’Dogs wasted little time in getting things going, scoring 36 seconds into the game. Aaron Palushaj received the puck from Max Pacioretty before backhanding a shot that was stopped by Hartford goaltender Matt Zaba, who could not control the rebound. Ryan White grabbed before wristing a shot past the goaltender.
The Bulldogs took a two goal lead at 4:43. Mike Glumac grabbed a loose puck in front of the Wolf Pack’s net before firing a shot that bounced off the crossbar and onto the stick of Grant Stevenson, who shovelled the puck into the net.
Hartford got on the scoreboard at 18:41 of the second stanza. Corey Locke sent a pass to Jared Nightingale, who was skating down the right side. Nightingale snapped a shot that beat Hamilton goaltender Cedrick Desjardins over the left shoulder. The Wolf Pack tied the game with a minute left in the period. Corey Potter received the puck from Kris Newbury while positioned at the right point. Potte’s shot sailed through traffic before being stopped by Desjardins. The goaltender could not control the rebound, which Dale Weise banged across the goal line.
The game was decided in a shootout after neither team could score in the third frame or overtime period. P.K. Subban and Brock Trotter scored for Hamilton while Desjardins denied all shooters for Hartford to secure the win for the ‘Dogs.
Hamilton was outshot 32-28 in front of 3,667 fans.
The Bulldogs host their North Division rivals, the Toronto Marlies, on Tuesday (March 9) at 7:30 p.m. at Copps Coliseum.