The Hamilton Bulldogs ended their American Hockey League regular season at home on a losing note, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Manitoba Moose on Tuesday night (April 6) at Copps Coliseum.
Hamilton fired 35 shots on net but Cory Schneider denied 34 of them while Sergei Shirokov had a goal and an assist. The Bulldogs tied the franchise record for fewest goals allowed at home as they were only scored on 83 times at Copps. This ties the record set by the 2002-03 team.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring at 5:32 of the first frame. Ryan White carried the puck to the right side boards before centering a pass to Maxime Lacroix who snapped a shot over the blocker of Schneider.
The Moose tied the game at 3:13 of the final frame while on a 5-on-3 power play. Evan Oberg received the puck from Sergei Shirokov before blasting a shot from the point. The puck bounced off a Bulldogs player and past goaltender Cedrick Desjardins.
Manitoba took a 2-1 lead four minutes later. Marco Rosa took a shot that was deflected over Desjardins by the stick of Shirokov.
A crowd of 3,079 took in the game.
The Bulldogs travel to Syracuse to meet the Crunch on Friday (April 9) at 7:30 p.m. before visiting Ricoh Coliseum for their final regular season game of the 2009-10 season against the Toronto Marlies at 4 p.m.