Bulldogs build up lead, hold on to down Amerks

Yannick Weber, who has recorded multi-point games in all three Hamilton contests this year, had two goals on Tuesday night (Oct.19) to lead the Bulldogs to a 5-2 decision over the visiting Rochester Americans at Copps Coliseum.

In addition to defenceman Weber’s efforts, four other Bulldogs had two-point nights in the American Hockey League contest witnessed by 1,669 fans.

Hamilton lit the scoreboard first with a power-play goal at 11:00 of the opening frame. Ben Maxwell dished the puck to the right point, where Weber was stationed. He rifled a shot on net and beat goaltender Jacob Markstrom. Hamilton took a 2-0 lead at 18:06. Andreas Engqvist collected the puck in the left corner before sliding a pass to Alexander Avtsin, who was positioned in the slot. Avtsin tapped the puck past Markstrom.

The Bulldogs grabbed a three-goal lead at 4:35 of the second stanza. Avtsin received the puck from J.T. Wyman before sending a cross-ice pass to Mathieu Carle. Carle one-timed a shot past the blocker of Markstrom and into the top of the net.

Rochester made the game 3-1 at 10:03 of the final frame. Hamilton goaltender Robert Mayer stopped Joe Callahan’s shot but Scott Timmins grabbed the rebound and fed a pass to Kenndal McArdle who deposited the puck into the net.

Andrew Conboy regained the Bulldogs’ three-goal lead 38 seconds later. Alex Henry’s shot from the point was stopped by Markstrom but the rebound bounced onto the stick of Conboy, who backhanded the puck into the net.

Weber scored his second goal of the game at 16:36. Henry passed the puck across the blue line to Weber, who turned and hammered a slapshot to beat Markstrom.

The Amerks added a goal at 18:10. Clay Wilson took a shot from the point which was redirected by Michael Duco.

The Bulldogs outshot their guest, 32-25.