Bulldogs spin their wheels on IceCaps

St. John’s, Newfoundland – The guns were loaded but the Hamilton Bulldogs were shooting mostly blanks on Tuesday night (Nov. 20).

St. John’s IceCaps goalie Eddie Pasquale turned aside 45 of the 46 bullets Hamilton snipers fired at him as he backstopped the IceCaps to a 3-1 win over the visiting Bulldogs in an American Hockey League win before a crowd of 6,287. For the Bulldogs it was their fifth loss in six games, although the shots on goal did represent a season high.

Hamilton remains last in the Western Conference’s North Division with 12 points, five back of the fourth place Rochester Americans. The IceCaps are third in the tight Eastern Conference’s Atlantic division, one point away from first place.

The two-teams will go at it again Wednesday (Nov. 21), same time, same place.

On Tuesday, Derek Meech scored the winner and added an assist in the IceCaps eighth win of the season.

The IceCaps opened the scoring on a powerplay marker by Raymond Sawada just 77 seconds into the game. Sawada tipped a shot taken by Alex Burmistrov past goaltender Robert Mayer. The hosts doubled the score at 7:15 of the second stanza on a powerplay goal by Meech.

Hamilton pulled to within one at 2:26 of the third period. Brendan Gallagher’s powerplay goal came after his shot bounced off the post past Pasquale.

Ten minutes later St. John’s was ahead by two goals when Jason Gregoire deflected Dean Arsene’s point shot.

St. John’s had 19 shots on net.

The Bulldogs’ next home game is Sunday (Nov. 25) against the Lake Erie Monsters at Copps Coliseum at 4 p.m. After the Sunday game, the Bulldogs will play four away games, come home for one, and hit the road again for four more away games.

Scoring summary

1st Period:
1. STJ – Raymond Sawada (2) – (Alex Burmistrov, Derek Meech ) – 1:17 (PP)

2nd Period:
2. STJ – Derek Meech (2) – (Alex Burmistrov, Eric O’Dell) – 7:15 (PP)

3rd period:
3. HAM – Brendan Gallagher (6 ) – 2:26 (PP)
4. STJ – Jason Gregoire (3) – (Jason Jaffray, Dean Arsene) – 12:28

St. John’s: 8-6-5—19
Hamilton: 12-15-19—46

Power Play:
St. John’s: 2-for-7
Hamilton: 1-for-5

Attendance: 6,287