IceCaps hot hands beat Bulldogs

A flurry of goals in less than three minutes in the final period froze the Hamilton Bulldogs on Wednesday (Dec. 28) as they were frozen 3-1 by the St. John’s IceCaps in American Hockey League play.

Despite firing 40 times on goaltender David Aebischer, Hamilton’s lone goal came just past the midway mark of the third period when the IceCaps had built a 3-0 lead by 2:32 of the frame.

The first two periods were quiet on the scoreboard as Hamilton netminder Nathan Lawson and Aebischer made several key saves to keep their teams in the game. The Bulldogs maintained a lead on the shot clock through 40 minutes, 25-16.

But it was in the third period when the game would take shape. At just 20 seconds into the period, IceCaps captain Jason Jaffray’s power play shot was deflected in front of the net, sailing over Lawson’s shoulder. Just over a minute later, Kevin Clark gave St. John’s a 2-0 lead on an unassisted goal and Eric O’Dell put a cross-ice pass from Zach Redmond past Lawson to complete the IceCaps’ attack.

The Bulldogs marker at 11:56 of the third came when Olivier Fortier sunk to his knees to send a backhand pass to Andreas Engqvist, who scored his team-leading eighth goal of the season. Overall, the ‘Dogs out-chanced the IceCaps 29-24.

A crowd of 4,621 took in the contest at Copps.

The Bulldogs travel to Rochester on Friday (Dec. 30) when they will face the Americans at Blue Cross Arena at 7:35 p.m. The ‘Dogs return home the next day for a 3 p.m. New Year’s Eve matchup against the Lake Erie Monsters at Copps Coliseum.