Rapid-fire Bulldogs keep IceHogs at bay

Three goals within 38 seconds set a franchise record and lifted the Hamilton Bulldogs to a come-from-behind 5-2 win against the Rockford IceHogs in American Hockey League action on Saturday (Feb. 18).

The Bulldogs also scored four goals in a 3:47 span to get their 23rd win of the season and fourth place in the Western Conference’s North Division. Newly acquired Blake Geoffrion had a goal and an assist and the Bulldogs.

The IceHogs got the first goal of the game when Brandon Segal shot the puck off goaltender Nathan Lawson’s skate from behind the net. Hamilton tied the game just 96 seconds later when Joonas Nattinen took advantage of Andreas Engqvist’s rebound to beat goalie Alexander Salak.

Geoffrion’s assist earned him his first point as a Bulldog on the play.

With 4:19 remaining in the second period, Brandon Pirri converted Ben Smith’s pass into a top shelf goal, making it 2-1 for the visitors to Copps Colesium.

The ‘Dogs mounted a quick comeback in the third period when, with 4:33 left to play, Geoffrion scored his first goal as a Bulldog to tie the game at 2-2. Hamilton took the lead just 22 seconds later when Gabriel Dumont scored.

When Salak was handed a roughing penalty after taking a shot at Ian Schultz, the Bulldogs took advantage of the ensuing power play to score their third unanswered goal of the game, this one a wraparound marker by Garrett Stafford 16 seconds later.

Carter Hutton took over netminding dutes for Rockford after Stafford’s marker but did not face any shots.

Philip DeSimone, with his 10th on the season, added an empty-net goal at 19:41 to seal the Bulldogs’victory,

Dumont and Schultz both recorded two points in this game, along with newcomer Geoffrion, who was named the first star of the game.

A crowd of 4,006 took in the game at Copps.

The ‘Dogs wrap up their 3-in-3 weekend on Sunday ( Feb. 19) when they travel to Rochester to face the Americans at 5:05 p.m. at Blue Cross Arena.