Bulldogs rebound from loss to win in shootout

The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins 4-3 in a shootout on Saturday night at Copps Coliseum. P.K. Subban had a goal and an assist while three of four Bulldogs players scored in the shootout.

Hamilton had secured a playoff win 24 hours earlier, despite losing to Grand Rapids in a back-to-back set at Copps.

The Bulldogs opened the American Hockey League game scoring at 2:26 of the first frame. Subban intercepted a clearing attempt by the Griffins while positioned at the right point. He blasted a shot that sailed past traffic, over the blocker of Grand Rapids goaltender Thomas McCollum and into the net.

The Griffins tied the game 13 minutes later. Patrick Rissmiller stripped the puck from a Bulldogs’ defender before snapping a shot over the blocker of goaltender Curtis Sanford. Grand Rapids took a 2-1 lead at 18:40. Mattias Ritola intercepted a pass from a Hamilton player before skating in alone on Sanford. He flipped a shot over the pad of a sprawled Sanford and into the net.

The ‘Dogs tied the game at 3:45 of the second stanza. Shawn Belle received the puck from Ryan Russell before sending a cross-ice pass to David Desharnais, who was located at the right side of the net. Desharnais stopped the puck with his skate before firing a shot past McCollum.

Hamilton took the lead at 11:35 of the final frame. Subban’s shot on the net was stopped by McCollum but the rebound bounced onto the stick of Dany Masse. With McCollum out of position from making the previous save, Masse tapped the puck into the net.

With 35 seconds left in the game, Rissmiller tied the score with a shorthanded marker for Grand Rapids.
With neither team able to score in the overtime period, the contest went to a shootout. Brock Trotter, Ben Maxwell, and Ryan Russell scored for Hamilton while Sanford denied three of four Grand Rapids shooters to secure the ’Dogs victory.

Hamilton outshot Grand Rapids, 44-22. Attendance was 4,305.

The Bulldogs begin a seven game road trip on Wednesday (March 17) when they travel to Adirondack to battle the Phantoms for a 7:00 p.m. game.