Bulldogs can’t chase away Devils

The Hamilton Bulldogs now find themselves in fifth and last place in the American Hockey League’s North Division after dropping a 4-2 decision to the Albany Devils on Friday (Feb. 10).

The loss was Hamilton’s third straight and leaves the Bulldogs with 45 points, one back of Grand Rapids Griffins and five back of third place Lake Erie Monsters. Toronto Marlies top the division with 58 points and the Rochester Americans follow with 53.

Hamilton could narrow the gaps with a win on Saturday (Feb. 11) when they visit the Marlies. Hamilton beat the Marlies in their last meeting, 4-1, on Jan. 27.

Albany jumped to a 2-0 first period lead on goals from Steve Zalewski (power play) and Burlington native Chad Wiseman. The visitors to Copps Coliseum added a third marker in the second period when Nathan Perkovich scored a second power play goal for the Devils.

The Bulldogs mounted a two-goal comeback in the period when Andreas Engqvist and Philippe Lefebvre scored two minutes apart from to make the game 3-2.

But the Albany Devils added an empty-net goal with45 seconds left to play in the third period to secure the win.

Albany sits in third place in the Northeast Division with 48 points.

Hamilton led Albany, 28-20, in shots. Attendance was 3,613.

Saturday’s game begins at 3 p.m. at Ricoh Coliseum. The ‘Dogs return to Copps Coliseum on Sunday to battle the Texas Stars at 3 p.m.