Bulldogs lose game and two players


The Hamilton Bulldogs earned one point in a 2-1 shootout loss to the Lake Erie Monsters and former Bulldog netminder Cedrick Desjardins in an American Hockey League game played Friday (March 2) at Copps Coliseum.

Andreas Engqvist, with his 18th, gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead with 3:45 left to play in the first period. Louis Leblanc and Brian Willsie assisted on the power play goal.

But with 1:11 left to play in the period, Dean Strong scored his third of the season to tie the game.

Ryan Stoa was the only player to score in the shootout, giving the Monsters the victory.

Hamilton outshot their guests, 30-25.

After the game, watched by 3,726 fans, Engqvist and Leblanc were told to report to the Montreal Canadiens. Both players will be available for Montreal’s National Hockey League game on Saturday against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre.

Engqvist, 24, has played 10 games with the Canadiens this season, recording four blocked shots and eight hits while averaging 6:35 minutes of ice time per game. The 6-foot-1, 201-pound centre leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 34 points (18 goals, 16 assists) in 43 games this season. The native of Stockholm, Sweden has eight power play goals and 100 shots on goal with the ‘Dogs in 2011-2012.

Leblanc, 20, has played 26 games with the Canadiens this season, including his first NHL game on Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 in Anaheim against the Ducks. The 6-foot, 184-pound forward recorded seven points (3 goals, 4 assists), scoring his first career NHL goal on Thursday, December 15th, 2011 against the Philadelphia Flyers. Leblanc has registered 33 shots on goal, 42 hits and displayed a +2 plus/minus differential when playing for Montreal. The native of Pointe-Claire, Quebec has played in 27 games for Hamilton this season, recording 19 points (9 goals, 10 assists) while registering two power play goals and 99 shots on goal.

The ‘Dogs will host the Grand Rapids Griffins on Sunday (March 4) at 5 p.m. at Copps Coliseum.