Trigger happy Bulldogs shoot blanks

CLEVELAND – The Hamilton Bulldogs fired 38 shots on net but only managed to beat Lake Erie Monsters goaltender Gerald Coleman once in a 4-1 loss at Quicken Loans Arena on Tuesday (Jan. 24).

The Lake Erie Monsters opened the scoring late in the first period of the American Hockey League game. With a delayed penalty call coming against the Bulldogs with 2:09 left in the first frame, Patrick Rissmiller scored his third of the season, beating goaltender Robert Mayer over the shoulder. Hamilton edged Lake Erie 9-8 in shots after 20 minutes.

Hugh Jessiman made it 2-0 for the Monsters on an odd bounce in front of the Bulldogs’ net, scoring his 20th of the season 3:37 into the second period.

Louis Leblanc’s ninth of the season, at 11:30, cut the Monsters’ advantage in half. The Monsters quickly regained the margin 2:05 later when Evan Brophey scored his 12th goal of the season just six seconds into a power play.

And, again, while being outscored, the Bulldogs were trigger happy, testing Coleman 20 times in the middle period.

Ryan Stoa got the Monsters theirs final goal with less than five minutes to go in the third period.

Mayer faced 23 shots. A crowd of 4,340 took in the game.

The Bulldogs were without the services of defenceman Garrett Stafford. He received a one-game suspension for throwing a water bottle at the Toronto Marlies bench during Saturday’s (Jan. 21) outdoor AHL game played at Ivor Wynne Stadium.

The Bulldogs return home to Copps Coliseum Friday, Jan. 27th, to take on the Toronto Marlies at 7:30 p.m. before returning to Quicken Loans Arena on Saturday, Jan. 28th, for a 7:30 p.m. matchup against the Monsters.