‘Dogs drop shootout to Moose

200px-hamilton_bulldogsThe Hamilton Bulldogs were defeated by the Manitoba Moose 4-3 in a shootout on Thursday night. The ‘Dogs tied the game late in the third period on Andreas Engqvist’s first-career AHL goal but were downed by Manitoba in the shootout as they could not beat goaltender Eddie Lack.

The Moose opened the game’s scoring 26 seconds into the game. Kevin Connauton blasted a shot from the blue line that bounced off a player in front of the net and past Hamilton starting goaltender Robert Mayer. Connauton added his second goal at 10:31 while on the power play. Nolan Baumgartner slid a pass across the blue line to Connauton, who released a shot that sailed through traffic and into the net.

The ‘Dogs got on the scoreboard at 13:56 of the opening stanza. Ben Maxwell won a faceoff sending the puck to David Desharnais. Desharnais fed the puck to the middle of the ice allowing Brendon Nash to blast a shot past Manitoba starting goaltender Eddie Lack.

Hamilton tied the game 2-2 at 5:06 of the second stanza. Maxwell sent the puck to Yannick Weber, who was positioned at the point. Weber rifled a shot that beat Lack between pads.

Manitoba broke the tie at 1:22 of the third period. Joel Perrault collected the puck at the side of the Hamilton net before dishing a pass across the ice to Kevin Clark, who one-timed a shot past Mayer.

Andreas Engqvist tied the game 3-3 at 13:25 of the final frame. Max Pacioretty received the puck from Frederic St. Denis before sending the puck to Andreas Engqvist, who fired a shot past Lack and into the net.

Neither team could score in the overtime period, sending the game to a shootout. Four Hamilton shooters were unable to score while Marco Rosa and Jordan Schroeder were able to beat Mayer to earn the victory for Manitoba.

Hamilton will face the Moose in a rematch tomorrow evening at 8:30 p.m. EDT.

The ‘Dogs return to Copps Coliseum for their first CBC game on Sunday, October 24th when they play the Oklahoma City Barons at 1:00 p.m. The game will be televised nationally on CBC.

All regular season Hamilton Bulldogs broadcasts on AM 820 CHAM will begin with a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. All pre-game shows during ‘Dogs home games will be broadcast live from the main concourse at Copps Coliseum.