The Hamilton Bulldogs were defeated 4-3 in a shootout by the Rochester Americans on Monday afternoon (Feb. 21) in front of 5,795 fans at Copps Coliseum. Gabriel Dumont had a goal and an assist for the `Dogs while Michal Repik tallied two goals for Rochester in the American Hockey League affair.
Following a scoreless first period, the Americans got on the scoreboard first with a goal at 12:37 of the second stanza. Mike Kostka received the puck from Chris Taylor while positioned at the right point. Kostka blasted a shot on net that was tipped by Repik and past goaltender Curtis Sanford.
The Bulldogs tied the game just over two minutes later. Dumont took a pass from Alexander Avtsin and skated behind the Amerks net before cutting to the front of the net and jamming the puck underneath goaltender Tyler Plante.
While on the power play, the Amerks took a 2-1 lead at 17:50 of the middle period. Sanford stopped Bill Thomas’ initial shot but could not contain the rebound. Repik grabbed the loose puck before spinning around and sliding the puck past Sanford.
Hamilton tied the game at 3:25 of the final frame. Jimmy Bonneau collected the puck at the right side boards before firing a shot towards the net. The puck bounced off the skate of a Rochester player and past Plante. The ‘Dogs took a 3-2 lead with a five-on-three power-play goal at 10:14. Ben Maxwell sent the puck to Frederic St. Denis at the point. St. Denis blasted a shot that sailed through traffic and beat Plante over the left shoulder.
Rochester tied the game less than three minutes later while on the power play. Joe Callahan skated to the net before receiving a pass from Taylor. Callahan snapped a one-timer into the net.
Both teams were unable to score in overtime. In the shoot-out, the Bulldogs were unable to beat Plante who stopped all four shooters he faced while Thomas and Mark Cullen scored for the Amerks to win the game.
Hamilton had a slight edge in shot on goal, 29-27.
The Bulldogs will travel to Montreal to host the Adirondack Phantoms for a 7:30 p.m. game at Bell Centre on Friday, Feb. 25. 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.