Nathan Lawson earned his fifth shutout of the season leading the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 1-0 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins at Copps Coliseum on Sunday (March 4). Lawson turned aside 25 shots for his shutout. His counterpart, Ty Conklin, stopped 33 of the 34 shots he faced.
After two scoreless periods, Eric Lampe scored at 10:43 of the final period. His second goal of this American Hockey League campaign would stand as the winner.
Earlier in the day, the Montreal Canadiens returned Anders Engqvist to the Bulldogs. The 24-year-old forward has played 11 games with the Canadiens this season, recording five blocked shots and nine hits. The 6-foot-1, 201-pound centre leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 34 points (18 goals, 16 assists) in 44 games this season. The native of Stockholm, Sweden has eight power play goals and 100 shots on goal with the ‘Dogs this season.
A crowd of 4,229 was on hands for the game.
Meanwhile, the AHL suspended Lake Erie Monsters left wing Patrick Bordeleau for three games as a consequence of a boarding incident in a game at Hamilton on March 2. Bulldogs’ defenceman Joe Callahan was on the receiving end of the hit.
The ‘Dogs play next on Pink In The Rink night, Friday, March 9 when they take on the Toronto Marlies at 7:30 p.m. at Copps Coliseum in a celebration of Women of Excellence.