Ryan White scored twice in his Bulldogs homecoming but it wasn’t enough to stop the San Antonio Rampage, who skated to a 4-2 win in Hamilton’s second School Day Game of the season at Copps Coliseum on Tuesday (Feb.7).
The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead 4:55 into the first period of the American Hockey League game when White’s shot from the boards trickled past goaltender Dov Grumet-Morris. White was playing his first game as a Bulldog since the 2010-11 season when he was diagnosed with a sports hernia during the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens’ training camp this fall.
White’s second goal made it 2-0 just 5:42 later, this time on a centering pass from Olivier Fortier.
Scott Timmins pulled the Rampage to within one when he beat goalie Robert Mayer with 5:55 remaining in the first period.
At 10:44 into the second period, San Antonio tied the game on a power play when Mark Cullen snuck the puck past Mayer after an odd bounce behind the net. The Rampage took a 3-2 lead when Evan Barlow capitalized on a nice series of passes from Bill Thomas and Jon Matsumoto with less than three minutes left in the second period.
San Antonio completed the scoring when Thomas scored at 13:24.
Hamilton registered 40 shots on goal while San Antonio clocked in at 29 with 4,556 spectators on hand.
The Bulldogs play three games in three days beginning with Albany Devils on Friday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Copps Coliseum before travelling to Toronto to take on the Marlies on Saturday at 3 p.m. at Ricoh Coliseum. The ’Dogs return to Copps Coliseum on Sunday to battle the Texas Stars at 3 p.m.