The Hamilton Bulldogs, who have the worst overall record in the American Hockey League, solidified their 30th place standing, after dropping a 5-1 contest to the visiting Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday night (Feb. 1) at Copps Coliseum.
The loss left Hamilton with a 14-28 record (including one overtime loss and five shoot-out misses). The next worst record is shared by Adirondack Phantoms and Norfolk Admirals, each with an 18-24 mark.
Tomas Tata’s three goals paced the Griffins, who lead the Mid West Division with a 25-14-2-2 effort. Gustav Nyquist notched a goal and added two assists.
Nyquist’s counter came at 1:22 of the opening frame. Tatar scored his first with 11 seconds left in the period.
The Bulldogs’ lone goal came at 5:41 of the second stanza when Frederic St-Denis took a shot from the point that found its way through a crowd and eluded goaltender Petr Mrazek.
The Griffins regained their two-goal lead 10 minutes later on Tatar’s second score. Luke Glendening potted a fourth marker at 15:45 of the third frame and then Tatar tallied his third goal after picking up his own rebound and sliding it under Cedric Desjardins at 17:31.
The Griffins outshot the Bulldogs 26-22.
The game ended with numerous fighting and game misconducts when several skirmishes broke out at the 18:30 mark.
The Bulldogs’ next game is against the Marlies in Toronto at Ricoh Coliseum Saturday (Feb. 2) at 3 p.m.