MILWAUKEE, WI – The Hamilton Bulldogs came close… but not close enough in a determined come-from-behind effort in dropping a 3-2 decision to the Milwaukee Admirals on Friday (March 23).
The Admirals got on the board first, when Ryan Thang scored his 14th of the American Hockey League season at 11:11 of the first period. Chris Mueller put Milwaukee up 2-0 just over four minutes later, slapping a rebound past netminder Robert Mayer who had stopped Brodie Dumont’s shot with an ice-level blocker save.
Mark Van Guilder added to Milwaukee’s lead when he deflected Victor Bartley’s low slapshot into the Bulldogs’ net 11:20 into the second period. Then, with 57 seconds to play in the second stanza,
Ian Schultz gave the ‘Dogs their first goal of the game, scoring his sixth of the season on a power play.
Brian Willsie, who had two points on the night, scored the Bulldogs’ second shorthanded goal in two games to tighten the Admirals’ lead to 3-2 with 5:52 left in the third period. The ‘Dogs came close to tying the game in the last minute of play but netminder Jeremy Smith made four consecutive saves on three different Bulldogs to give the Admirals the win.
Hamilton registered a total of 17 shots while Milwaukee shot 26 times in the game.
A crowd of 7,260 was on hand.
The Bulldogs face the Chicago Wolves on Saturday (March 24) at 8 p.m. at Allstate Arena. 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.