Bulldogs rally to defeat Griffins

The Hamilton Bulldogs overcame a two-goal deficit with five unanswered scores to defeat the Grand Rapids Griffins, 5-2, in front of 4,273 American Hockey League fans at Copps Coliseum on Saturday (April 14).

The Griffins got on the scoreboard first at 2:20 of the opening period when Willie Coetzee’s shot trickled past netminder Robert Mayer. Tomas Tatar made it 2-0 just over six minutes later.

With 6:42 left in the period, Philip DeSimone tucked the puck past goaltender Jordan Pearce to put the ’Dogs on the board. Blake Geoffrion scored his fifth of the season with j3:08 left to tie the game after 20 minutes.

The Bulldogs continued to have success scoring on the penalty kill, recording their sixth shorthanded goal of the season at 7:30 in the second period. Andreas Engqvist snuck the puck between Pearce’s pad and the near post, losing his stick in the process but earning his 20th goal of the season to give Hamilton a 3-2 lead. Aaron Palushaj took advantage of a power play opportunity to score his 14th of the season for a 4-2 Bulldogs edge at the end of the second period.

Louis Leblanc scored his 11th of the season at 4:29 in the third period, earning his second point of the night to put the ‘Dogs up 5-2.

Hamilton outshot their guests, 36-35.

The ‘Dogs play the Griffins again on Sunday (April 15) in the final home game of the season. Tickets are available at the Copps Coliseum Box Office, any Ticketmaster Outlet, online at ticketmaster.ca or through charge-by-phone at 1-855-872-5000.