Amerks hand Bulldogs second loss

Buffalo – The Hamilton Bulldogs, after starting the American Hockey League season with back-to-back wins, suffered their second consecutive loss, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Rochester Americans on Tuesday at First Niagara Center.

Cody Hodgson scored the game-winner midway through the second period and added an assist. Joe Finley and T.J. Brennan had the other Rochester goals.

Michael Bournival had Hamilton lone marker. A crowd of 10,936 saw David Leggio make 36 saves for the victory.

The Amerks struck first, scoring at 11:45 of the opening frame on Finley’s goal. He tipped Rick Schofield’s point shot which dribbled past goaltender Peter Delmas.

The Bulldogs tied the score at 12:09 of the second stanza when Bournival counted his first professional goal. Patrick Holland raced down the left side and slid a pass to Bournival in the slot. He one-timed the puck along the ice to beat Leggio.

Forty-four seconds later Rochester regained the lead on Hodgson’s power play goal. He put the puck on net and picked up his own rebound to beat Delmas.

With just under four minutes remaining in the game, Brennan gave the Americans the insurance marker.

Hamilton’s record of 2-2 leaves the Bulldogs last in the Western Conference’s North Division while the 4-2 Amerks are second. In the early going.

Hamilton returns home for a Friday (Oct. 26) encounter with the Toronto Marlies at 7:30 p.m. at Copps Coliseum. This will be the third meeting between the two teams this season. Each time has a win.