The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Lake Erie Monsters 5-3 on Friday night (March 19). P.K. Subban set a franchise record for most goals by a Bulldog’ defenceman in one season with 17 as the ‘Dogs extended their American Hockey League winning streak to three games.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring at 5:42 of the first period with a power-play goal. David Desharnais fired a shot on net that was stopped by Lake Erie goaltender Tyler Weiman. The rebound found the stick of Brock Trotter, who whacked the puck into the net.
Hamilton took a 2-0 lead at 10:19 with another second power-play marker. Desharnais sent a shot to the net that was stopped by Weiman. Subban grabbed the loose puck before spinning around releasing a backhand shot that bounced off the skate of a Monsters defender and into the net. The goal gave Subban the record, surpassing the previous record of 16, set by Yannick Weber last season.
Lake Erie made the game 2-1 at 1:45 of the second stanza when Brian Fahey beat Curtis Sanford.
Andrew Conboy regained the Bulldogs’ two-goal lead at 5:16 of the middle frame. While carrying the puck into the Monsters’ zone, Aaron Palushaj sent a centering pass to Conboy, who rifled a shot into the top corner of the net. Mike Glumac gave Hamilton a 4-1 lead at 11:20. He collected the puck in the right corner before sending it to the front of the net. The puck proceeded to bounce off the skate of a Lake Erie defender and through the legs of Weiman.
The Monsters scored their second goal of the game at 14:17 of the second period when Ryan Stoa scored. Ray Macias made the game 4-3 at 19:31.
Hamilton sealed the win with an empty net marker at 19:57 of the final frame as Ryan Russell fired the puck into the empty goal.
Hamilton outshot the Monsters, 30-29 before a crowd of 11, 348.
The Bulldogs travel to Toronto to battle the Marlies on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Ricoh Coliseum.