The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Syracuse Crunch 1-0 in a shootout on Friday night at Copps Coliseum. Both goalies earned a shutout as Jean-Philippe Levasseur made 46 saves for the Crunch and Curtis Sanford made 22 saves.
The 4,632 in attendance, celebrating Copps Coliseum’s 25th Anniversary, witnessed franchise history. This is the first ‘Dogs game at Copps where neither team scored in regulation or overtime. The last 1-0 shootout game for the ‘Dogs was played on April 7, 2007 when they defeated the Toronto Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum.
Through three periods of play neither team could earn a goal. The Bulldogs had fired 39 shots on net but all were turned aside by Levasseur. A few ‘Dogs players also rang shots off the post and crossbar but were unable to get a tally on the scoreboard.
With both teams unable to score in the overtime period as well, the 0-0 game went into a shootout. Nick Bonino was the only Syracuse player able to beat Curtis Sanford as he stopped four other Crunch players while Ben Maxwell and Alexander Avtsin notched shootout goals for Hamilton to lead their team to victory.
The Bulldogs will host the Rochester Americans for a game on Tuesday, January 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Copps Coliseum. 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.