Aeros hand Bulldogs fourth straight loss

The Hamilton Bulldogs dropped their fourth straight American Hockey League game, this one a 4-2 setback to the visiting Houston Aeros on Friday night (Nov. 4).

With the loss at Copps Coliseum before a crowd of 3,588, Hamilton sits fourth in the AHL’s North Division with nine points. Toronto Marlies occupy top spot with 12 points in the five-team division. Houston leads the West Division with 19 points.

Hamilton will look to get back on the winning trail when they meet the Lake Erie Monsters Saturday (Nov. 5) at Copps. Game time is 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs opened the scoring at 1:43 of the second period on a power play goal by Brian Willsie. Aaron Palushaj relayed a pass to Willsie at the left side of the net. Willsie slid the puck under goaltender Matt Hackett.

Houston tied the score about four minutes later on a 5-on-3 tally by Jon DiSalvatore. Jeff Taffe, who had two assists on the night, took a pass at the left point and feathered the puck to DiSalvatore who was stationed at the left side of the net. DiSalvatore tipped the puck over the right shoulder of netminder Nathan Lawson.

The Texas visitors took the lead at 12:11 of the period on a goal by Justin Fontaine. Elgin Reid dropped a pass for Drew Bagnall whose shot was stopped by Lawson. The rebound found Fontaine who made no mistake.

With less than four minutes remaining in the game, the Aeros added to their lead, scoring their second power play goal, this one by Warren Peters.

The ‘Dogs narrowed the margin at 18:51 with their second man advantage marker. Frederic St. Denis passed the puck to Garrett Stafford at the right point and he rifled a shot over the shoulder of Hackett.

Jarod Palmer added an empty net goal for Houston with 13 seconds left in the game.

Hamilton outshot Houston, 28-26.

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