GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Hamilton Bulldogs fell 5-3 to the Grand Rapids Griffins in a back-and-forth game that saw a total of 81 shots registered in the American Hockey League contest on Saturday (March 17).
Gabriel Dumont opened the scoring for Hamilton just 1:10 into the first period, rifling a shot past netminder Ty Conklin for his 10th of the season. Then, at 3:55, Francis Pare took advantage of a 2-on-1 opportunity to tie the game. Pare’s shot hit the post before deflecting past goalie Robert Mayer.
The Griffins took a 2-1 lead at 8:34 in the second period when Mitch Callahan converted Louis-Marc Aubry’s pass into a goal. Dumont made it 2-2 when he scored his second of the game on the power play at 17:17 into the second period, with Ian Schultz and Olivier Malka recording the assists. But Gustav Nyquist would take it right back just 1:20 later, scoring his 21st of the season to give Grand Rapids a 3-2 lead.
Joonas Nattinen snapped a six-game pointless streak to even the score at 7:43 in the third period, with Alain Berger assisting on the Bulldogs’ goal. The Griffins took a 4-3 lead on a disputed power play goal that saw Mayer fall to the ice before Nyquist’s shot crossed the Bulldogs’ goal line.
Less than a minute later, Brent Raedeke scored the Griffins final goal.
Grand Rapids outshot their guests, 46-35, in front of 6,452 spectators.
The Bulldogs travel to Illinois to face the Rockford IceHogs on Tuesday, March 20 at 8 p.m. 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.