After a first period in which the Hamilton Bulldogs outshot the Utica Comets almost 3-to-1, the Hamilton Bulldogs inability to score goals cost them a 3-to-1 loss to the visiting Utica Comets on Sunday (Nov. 10).
The American Hockey League setback – the fourth straight for the Bulldogs – left them with a 5-5-0-3 record. The Comets improved to 2-8-1-1 at Copps Coliseum.
Despite the 17-7 edge in shots in the first period, Hamilton was unable to beat Comets goaltender Joacim Eriksson. The good news was that the Comets couldn’t solve Dustin Tokarski in the Hamilton goal.
Utica forward Zach Hamill was credited with the first goal of the game early in the second period when a cross-ice pass bounced off Hamill and past Tokarski.
Hamilton squared matters with 55 seconds to go in the second when forward Sven Andrighetto notched his team-leading sixth goal of the season.
Comets forward Alexandre Grenier scored the eventual game-winning goal early in the third period and with 19 seconds remaining in the game, Comets forward Colin Stuart added a short-handed empty-net goal to secure the win.
Tokarski made 29 saves on 31 shots for the Bulldogs in the loss. Joacim Eriksson made 29 saves on 30 shots for the Comets.
The Bulldogs went 0-for-3 on the power play, while the Comets went 0-for-2.
The Bulldogs were without the services forward Gabriel Dumont and defenceman Greg Pateryn. Earlier in the week they had been recalled by the Montreal Canadiens.
Hamilton’s next game is scheduled for Wednesday (Nov. 13) when the Rochester Americans (AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres) visit Copps Coliseum for a 10 a.m. school day start.
1. UTI – Zach Hamill (3) – (Pascal Pelletier) – 2:14
2. HAM – Sven Andrighetto (6) – (Mike Blunden, Martin St. Pierre) – 19:05
3. UTI – Alexandre Grenier (3) – (Peter Andersson, Brandon DeFazio) – 2:59
4. UTI – Colin Stuart (4) – (Ben Ferriero) –19:41 (EN, SH)