Grand Rapids blitz too much for Bulldogs


Robert Mayer (Photo: Antoine Letarte/Wikipedia Commons)

Robert Mayer (Photo: Antoine Letarte/Wikipedia Commons)

A flurry of four Grand Rapids goals in 73 seconds in the second period was the undoing of Hamilton Friday night (Nov. 8) as the Bulldogs (5-4-0-3) were chased from their own dog house, 6-1, by the Griffins (9-2-1-1) at Copps Coliseum.

The American Hockey League loss left Hamilton with a 5-4-0-3 record while Grand Rapids improved to 9-2-1-1. Hamilton, which had led the North Division earlier this week, now finds its self in third place, although the team is tied in points with the first-place Toronto Marlies and Rochester Americans. Grand Rapids sits atop to Midwest Division.

The Griffins got scoring from six different players: Cory Emmerton and Calle Jarnkrok in the first period; and Andrej Nestrasil, Jarnkrok, Mitch Callahan and Teemu Pulkkinen in the second.

Hamilton’s lone marker was scored by Sven Andrighetto with 55 seconds left in the game.

Hamilton starting goaltender Robert Mayer was pulled after the Griffins fifth goal. Mayer made nine saves on 14 shots for the loss, while Dustin Tokarski made seven saves on eight shots.

Petr Mrazek made 30 saves on 31 shots for the Griffins.

Bulldogs defenceman Greg Pateryn was back the Hamilton lineup after a visit with the Montreal Canadians. Pateryn was recalled by the NHL team on Oct. 28 but did not dress for the NHL team. He had one assist in his return game.

Scoring summary

1st Period:

1. GR – Cory Emmerton (1) – (Alexey Marchenko, Jeff Hoggan) – 8:05
2. GR – Calle Jarnkrok (4) – (Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Jurco) – 11:03 (PP)

2nd Period:

3. GR – Andrej Nestrasil (2) – (Riley Sheahan) – 10:52
4. GR – Calle Jarnkrok (5) – (Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Jurco) – 11:15
5. GR – Mitch Callahan (4) – (Andrej Nestrasil, Triston Grant) – 11:25
6. GR – Teemu Pulkkinen (6) – (Ryan Sproul) – 12:05

3rd Period:

7. HAM – Sven Andrighetto (5) – (Maxime Macenauer, Greg Pateryn) – 19:05 (PP)

Scoring:

Grand Rapids: 2-4-0
Hamilton: 0-0-1

Shots:

Grand Rapids: 9-9-4–22
Hamilton: 15-13-3–31

Power Play:

Grand Rapids: 1-for-7
Hamilton: 1-for-7

Attendance: 3,088