The Hamilton Bulldogs let a two-goal lead slip away and ended up losing 5-4 to the Rampage in an American Hockey League game Sunday (Dec. 19) in San Antonio.
On the ’Dogs positive side, Gabriel Dumont recorded three assists and Andrew Conboy counted goals seven and eight on the season.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring at 9:50 of the first frame. Dumont skated down the right wing before sending the puck to the slot, where Andrew Conboy was stationed. Conboy released a shot that beat San Antonio goaltender Joe Fallon.
Conboy added his second goal 30 seconds into the middle frame with Dumont picking up the helper.
The Rampage made the game 2-1 at 10:00 of the period with a power-play marker. Peter MacArthur’s shot on net was stopped by goaltender Robert Mayer. Following a scrum in front of the net, Bracken Kearns whacked the loose puck into the net. Two minutes later, San Antonio tied the game. While positioned in the right corner, Mikkel Boedker dished the puck to Maxim Goncharov at the right point. Goncharov blasted a shot that sailed into the net.
The hosts took the lead at 14:49. Brett MacLean skated behind the net before sending a pass to Alexandre Picard, who was on the left side of the net. Picard proceeded to tap the puck past Mayer.
San Antonio took a 4-2 lead at 1:02 of the last stanza. While positioned in the left corner, MacLean sent the puck to Andrew Ebbett, who was stationed in the slot. Ebbett spun around before backhanding a shot along the ice and past Mayer.
Dustin Boyd made the game 4-3 at 4:26 of the frame. David Desharnais fed the puck to Ben Maxwell, who sent the puck towards the net. Boyd was stationed in front of the goal and redirected the puck past Fallon.
Picard added his second goal of the game at 14:03 while on the power play. Petr Prucha received the puck from Michael Stone before firing a shot on net. Mayer made the save but the rebound was deposited into the net by Picard.
Hamilton cut the lead to one at 15:11 of the third period. Dumont dropped a pass to Andreas Engqvist, who ripped a shot that sailed over the shoulder of Fallon, off the post and into the net.
With a crowd of 3,033 on hand, the Rampage outshot their guests 38-23.
The Bulldogs are 2-1 on their current five-game road trip. Hamilton leads the Western Conference’s North Division.
The Bulldogs will play their final game before Christmas on Tuesday (Dec. 21) when they travel to Houston to battle the Aeros for an 8:05 p.m. EST game. 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.