The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Rochester Americans 3-2 in overtime on Thursday night at Copps Coliseum marking their third victory of the year over the Amerks. Louis Leblanc scored the overtime winner and added two assists in his first professional game while Andreas Engqvist also recorded a goal and two assists.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring at 4:18 of the first period on the power play on a goal by Engqvist. Leblanc was at the left circle and gave a pass to Garrett Stafford at the left point. Stafford slapped a shot which was deflected right in front of the net by Engqvist past Rochester starting goaltender David Leggio.
The ‘Dogs doubled their lead at 3:46 of the second stanza on a tally by Andrew Conboy. After receiving a pass from Leblanc, Conboy flew down the right wing on a two-on-one and wristed a shot from the faceoff circle over the glove of Leggio.
The Americans scored their first goal of the game on a marker by Colin Stuart at 5:05 of the final frame. Stuart picked up the puck at the blue line on the right side and cut into the slot where he wired a wrist shot over the blocker of Hamilton starting goaltender Nathan Lawson. The Amerks tied the score at 8:49 of the third period on a goal by Derek Whitmore. T.J. Brennan took a shot from the left point which was stopped by Lawson. The rebound came out to Whitmore who then slid the puck past Lawson.
Hamilton secured the victory in overtime on Leblanc’s first professional goal in his first professional game at 2:28. Engqvist circled out from the left corner and feathered a pass through the slot to Leblanc who deked around a defender and buried a low backhand shot past Leggio on the open side.
The Bulldogs will travel to Albany, New York to face the Devils on Saturday, October 29th at 7:00 P.M., before returning home to face the Abbotsford Heat on Sunday, October 30th at 3:00 P.M. All Hamilton Bulldogs games can be heard live on AM 820 CHAM or on www.hamiltonbulldogs.com, or seen live on www.ahllive.com beginning with the Pioneer Pre-Game Show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.