The Hamilton Bulldogs were defeated 5-1 by the Lake Erie Monsters in Cleveland on Wednesday.
The Monsters scored five unanswered goals including two by Ben Walter to give the Bulldogs only their second regulation loss of the young American Hockey League season. The loss, in a rare day game, snaps the ‘Dogs nine-game point streak and five-game winning streak.
Neither team could score in the opening stanza but David Desharnais potted the game’s first goal at 5:56 of the second period. Aaron Palushaj released a shot on net that was stopped by goaltender Jason Bacashihua. Following a scrum in front of the Monsters’ net, Desharnais grabbed the loose puck and fired it past Bacashihua.
The Monsters tied the game just less than two minutes later. Mark Olver slid a cross-ice pass to Ray Macias, who blasted a shot past goalie Robert Mayer. Lake Erie took a 2-1 lead at 10:45. Julian Talbot raced to the puck before dishing a pass to Greg Mauldin. Mauldin used a deke in front of the net before sliding the puck across the goal line.
Walter gave the Monsters a 3-1 lead 43 seconds into the third stanza while on a 5-on-3 power play. Brandon Rogers centered the puck to Walter, who rifled a shot past Mayer. Luke Walker increased Lake Erie’s lead to 4-1 at 10:10. Patrick Bordeleau received the puck from Macias before feeding a cross-crease pass to Walker, who one-timed the puck past Mayer. Walter added his second goal of the game 31 seconds later. Mauldin’s shot was redirected by Rogers but stopped by Mayer, who could not contain the rebound, allowing Walter to grab the puck and score.
Hamilton had a slim 28-25 advantage in shot on net with 3,394 in attendance.
The ‘Dogs return to Copps Coliseum for back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 13-14), both with scheduled start times of 4 p.m. Saturday’s game will be the Bulldogs annual ‘Salute the Troops’ night at Copps Coliseum where the ‘Dogs will have a pre-game ceremony to honour the brave men and women of our armed forces and will be wearing specialty ‘Salute the Troops’ commemorative jerseys for the game.