The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Manitoba Moose 7-1 on Wednesday evening (March 24). Five different Bulldogs had two-point nights, including a two-goal performance by Brock Trotter in the American Hockey League game.
Trotter opened the scoring 56 seconds into the game. Trotter took a pass from David Desharnais before deking past a Moose defender and snapping a shot past goaltender Cory Schneider. Just under three minutes later, the hosts tied the game. Jordan Schroeder’s initial shot was stopped by Cedrick Desjardins but Lawrence Nycholat banged the rebound past the netminder.
Trotter added his second goal at 7:22. He raced in on Schneider before using a forehand-to-backhand deke move and depositing the puck between the legs of the goaltender. The ‘Dogs added a third goal at 14:03. Ryan Russell received the puck from Desharnais before skating into the Manitoba zone. He dished a pass to Aaron Palushaj, who was skating towards the net and tapped the puck past Schneider.
Hamilton took three-goal lead at 12:44 of the second stanza. Yannick Weber received the puck from J.T. Wyman before ripping a shot from the point. The puck sailed through traffic and beat Schneider between the legs. Russell scored the Bulldogs’ fifth goal of the game at 17:07. Desjardins gave the puck to Russell who carried it into the Manitoba’s zone and scored.
Daren Machesney replaced Schneider in the Manitoba net to start the third period. Attendance was 7,769.
While on the power play, Hamilton took a 6-1 lead at 13:43 of the final frame. Ryan White gave a centering pass to Dany Masse, who batted the puck past Machesney. The ‘Dogs added their second power-play goal and seventh goal of the game at 17:11. Palushaj received the puck from Grant Stevenson before sending a pass to Andrew Conboy, who rifled a shot that beat Machesney.
Hamilton outshot Manitoba, 27-18.
The Bulldogs travel to Abbotsford to meet the Heat for a game on Friday (March 26).