Bulldogs battle back but bitten by late goal

SAN ANTONIO, TX – Hamilton came out firing but were out-gunned by the San Antonio Rampage, 3-2, in the first of three games the Bulldogs will play in Texas this week.

Hamilton held a shooting edge in two of the three periods but Michael Caruso’s goal with 1:17 left in the game gave the Rampage the American Hockey League decision. Hamilton finished with a 37-27 (10-11, 14-8, 13-8) edge in shots on goal.

San Antonio drew first blood, with Scott Timmins scoring his tenth of the season 5:29 into the first period. Greg Rallo doubled the count just 2:15 later with a rising shot from the right face-off circle.

At 7:15 into the second period, Olivier Malka ripped the puck past goalie Jacob Markstrom, scoring his first AHL goal to put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard. Robert Slaney tied the game when he tucked the puck between Markstrom’s pad and the left post, scoring his second goal in three games.

That set the stage for Caruso’s fifth goal of the season.

The third period was goalless, though Markstrom made several key saves to keep the Bulldogs from evening the score before 5,514 spectators.

The Bulldogs travel to Austin to take on the Texas Stars on Thursday (March 29). 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.