The Hamilton Bulldogs were defeated by the Grand Rapids Griffins 3-2 on Friday night at Copps Coliseum. The loss ends their franchise record-tying nine game-winning streak and is Hamilton’s first loss since Feb. 16.
The Griffins got on the scoreboard first at 5:51 of the opening frame. Jamie Tardi’s shot was stopped by Hamilton goaltender Cedrick Desjardins but Cory Emmerton put the rebound into the net.
The Bulldogs tied the game at 8:05 of the second stanza. Mike Glumac raced in on a breakaway before firing a backhand shot that was saved by Grand Rapids’ goaltender Daniel Larsson. Grant Stevenson batted the loose puck past the goaltender for a shorthanded marker.
Riley Armstrong regained the lead for the Griffins at 9:45. Jordan Owens received the puck from John Vigilante before sending a pass to Armstrong, who was positioned in front of the goaltender. Following a scramble in front of the net, Armstrong slid the puck between the legs of Desjardins.
Grand Rapids took a 3-1 lead at 1:17 of the final frame. Sergei Kolosov dished the puck to Patrick Rissmiller, who skated towards the net. Rissmiller used a backhand shot to flip the puck over a sprawled Desjardins.
The ‘Dogs cut the lead to one at 9:15. Aaron Palushaj received the puck from Frederic St. Denis before dishing it Ryan Russell, who was stationed in front of the net. Russell avoided a poke check from Larsson before backhanding a shot over the netminder’s glove.
With 3,605 onlookers, Hamilton outshot their guests, 34-20.
The Bulldogs host the Griffins for a rematch tonight (Saturday) at 7:30 p.m. at Copps.