ST. JOHN’S, NL – The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Atlantic Division leading St. John’s IceCaps for the third consecutive time this season with a 4-2 victory in the first of back-to-back away games on the Rock on Tuesday (March 13).
The win was Hamilton’s 27th of the campaign but the Bulldogs remain last in the North Division where they are struggling to make the playoffs. The IceCaps, with 37 wins, are third overall in the 30-team American Hockey League.
The IceCaps came out strong in the first period but were stymied by netminder Nathan Lawson as the frame ended scoreless. St. John’s outshot Hamilton 13-9 after 20 minute of play. St. John’s would finish the night with a 34-31 edge in shots on net.
Hamilton scored the first goal of the game on a second period power play. Ian Schultz beat goaltender Edward Pasquale for his fifth of the season at 8:03, assisted by Philip DeSimone. Then, with just 1:16 left in the period, Jason King pushed a rebound past Lawson to tie the game.
At 11:19 into the third period, Newfoundland native Robert Slaney scored his first AHL goal, converting a behind-the-net pass from Gabriel Dumont to give the ‘Dogs a 2-1 lead. Another first-time Bulldog scorer made the game sheet with 3:02 left in the third period when Joey Haddad pushed his own rebound past Pasquale. Andreas Engqvist’s 19th goal into an empty net completed the Bulldogs scoring.
The IceCaps’ Zach Redmond scored his sixth of the season on a power play with five seconds left in the game to make it a 4-2 final.
Attendance was 6,287.
The two teams face off again Wednesday (March 14). All Hamilton Bulldogs games can be heard live on AM 820 CHAM or on hamiltonbulldogs.com, or seen live on ahllive.com beginning with the Pioneer Pre-Game Show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.