Loss leaves Bulldogs in last place

The Grand Rapids Griffins defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs, 5-2, at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan on Wednesday (Nov. 23) in American Hockey League play. The defeat left Hamilton in fifth and last place in the Western Conference’s North Division, one point behind the Griffins.

The Griffins opened the scoring on an unassisted goal by Brian Lashoff at 15:50 of the first period. Lashoff danced around a Hamilton defender and snapped a shot by Bulldogs’ goaltender Robert Mayer.

The Bulldogs tied the score at 9:50 of the middle frame on a goal by Philip DeSimone. Louis Leblanc centered the puck to DeSimone who snapped a shot to beat Grand Rapids Griffins netminder Tom McCollum. Just under six minutes later Hamilton took the lead on a shorthanded goal by Brian Willsie.

Grand Rapids tied the score on a marker by Garnett Exelby 42 seconds into the third period. The hosts took the lead at 5:21 of the third frame on a tally by Landon Ferraro, which would stand as the winner.

Grand Rapids grabbed a two-goal lead on a goal by Mitch Callahan at 7:56 of the period. Callahan wired a slap shot from just inside the blue line and the puck hit the far post and past Mayer.

Francis Pare added an empty net goal at 19:52.

The Bulldogs will continue their three-game road trip when they face the division’s third-place Lake Erie Monsters on Friday (Nov.25) at 7:30 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.