Amerks end Bulldogs win streak


bulldogs_playerHamilton Bulldogs forwards Martin St. Pierre and Christian Thomas each had three points on the night, but that wasn’t enough for the visitors who fell 6-3 to the Americans on Wednesday evening (Nov. 27) at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, N.Y.

St. Pierre and Thomas each had a goal and two assists in the American Hockey League game which saw the Bulldogs win streak stop at four games.

Also scoring for the Bulldogs was Morgan Ellis.

Rochester got two goals each from Kevin Porter and Rasmus Ristolainen with singles from Jamie Tardiff and Johan Larsson. The Americans held period leads of 1-0 after the first period and 3-1 to start the final period. Three of Rochester’s goal came on the power play and the final counter was scored into an empty net while the Amerks were playing shorthanded.

The loss left Hamilton with a 9-8-0-3 record while Rochester improved to 8-7-2-2.

Hamilton goaltender Dustin Tokarski faced 27 shots while Nathan Lieuwen handled 29 Hamilton shots.

The Bulldogs went 1-for-7 on the power play, while the Americans went 3-for-5.

Earlier in the day, the parent Montreal Canadiens reassigned defenceman Magnus Nygren to Farjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League.

In 16 games with Hamilton this season, Nygren had eight points (one goal, seven assists) and 14 penalty minutes.

The 23-year-old defenceman spent the 2012-13 season with Farjestad and in 51 regular season games, he recorded 32 points (13-19) and 49 penalty minutes. He received the Salming Trophy as the top defenceman in the Swedish Elite League.

He was selected by the Canadiens in the fourth round (113th overall) in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

Hamilton’s next game is at Copps Coliseum on Friday (Nov. 29) when the Toronto Marlies visit for a 7:30 p.m. puck drop.

Scoring summary

1st Period:
1. RCH – Kevin Porter (2) – Jamie Tardif, Colton Gillies) – 16:06

Penalties
HAM Quailer, 2:38 – Hooking, 2 min (PP)
RCH Tardif, 5:47 – Interference, 2 min (PP)
RCH Varone, 13:16 – Roughing, 2 min (PP)

2nd Period:

2. RCH – Jamie Tardif (3) – (Phil Varone) – 2:55 (SH)
3. HAM – Morgan Ellis (2) – (Martin St. Pierre, Christian Thomas) – 11:15
4. RCH – Rasmus Ristolainen (1) – (Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, Johan Larsson) – 15:35 (PP)

Penalties
2 – RCH Zigomanis, 1:16 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)
2 – HAM Blunden, 14:55 – Cross-checking, 2 min (PP)

3rd Period:

5. HAM – Christian Thomas ( 2) – (Steve Quailer, Martin St. Pierre) – 0:53
6. RCH – Kevin Porter (3) – (Phil Varone, Chad Ruhwedel) – 6:40 (PP)
7. RCH – Johan Larsson (1) – (Kevin Porter, Phil Varone) – 9:26 (PP)
8. HAM – Martin St. Pierre (4) – (Nathan Beaulieu, Christian Thomas) – 12:21 (PP)
9. RCH – Rasmus Ristolainen (2) – (Unassisted) – 19:23 (EN, SH)

Penalties
HAM Beaulieu, 6:21 – Roughing, 2 min (PP)
HAM Ellis, 8:22 – Delay of game, 2 min (PP)
HAM Macenauer, 9:01 – High-sticking, 2 min (PP)
RCH Ristolainen, 11:08 – Cross-checking, 2 min (PP)
RCH Ellis, 11:53 – Delay of game, 2 min (PP)
RCH Tardif, 13:17 – Delay of game, 2 min (PP)
RCH Gauthier-Leduc, 17:29 – Delay of game, 2 min (PP)

Scoring:
Hamilton: 0-1-2
Rochester: 1-2-3

Shots:
Hamilton: 10-7-10–27
Rochester: 10-7-12–29

Attendance: 3,474