Despite a 44-shot barrage, Hamilton was unable to get a single puck past Iowa Wild netminder Darcy Kuemper and that translated into a 3-0 loss and the Bulldogs fourth straight American Hockey League defeat.
During that slide, the Bulldogs have scored a paltry four goals.
Kuemper rejected the visiting Bulldogs 17 times in the first period, 16 in the second frame, and 11 in the final period on Friday (Dec. 20). He got support from Jason Zucker in the second period, and Stephane Veilleux and Carson McMillan in the final 20 minutes.
Bulldogs goalie Mike Condon faced 27 shots as Hamilton’s record fell to 12-14-0-3.
Earlier in the day, defenceman Matt Grassi was recalled from the Wheeling Nailers of the East Coast Hockey League.
Grassi had five points (one goal, four assists) and 21 penalty minutes in 24 games with the Nailers this term. The 6’3”, 215-pound defenceman split the 2012-13 season between the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Michigan State University Spartans and the Bulldogs. In 41 regular season games with the Spartans, the Burnaby, B.C., native managed three points (1-2) and 22 penalty minutes.
In three regular season games with the Bulldogs on an amateur try out, the 24-year-old was held pointless with no penalties. He was signed to a one-year AHL contract by the Bulldogs on Aug. 12.
He did not dress for Friday’s game.
Hamilton’s next game is scheduled for Sunday (Dec. 22), when they will host the Abbotsford Heat (AHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames) at Copps Coliseum at 3 p.m.
HAM Fournier, 6:36 – Unsportsmanlike conduct, 2 min
HAM Fournier, 6:36 – Fighting, 5 min
IA Caron, 6:36 – Unsportsmanlike conduct, 2 min
IA Caron, 6:36 – Fighting, 5 min
HAM Dumont, 10:41 – Cross-checking, 2 min (PP)
IA – Jason Zucker (8) – (Tyler Graovac, Steven Kampfer) – 3:12
HAM Leblanc, 1:04 – High-sticking, 2 min (PP)
HAM Dietz, 14:30 – Fighting, 5 min
IA Hagel, 14:30 – Boarding, 2 min (PP)
IA Hagel, 14:30 – Fighting, 5 min
2. IA – Stephane Veilleux (3) – (Jon Landry, Jonathon Blum) – 9:44
3. IA – Carson McMillan (4) – (Tyler Graovac, Kyle Medvec) – 15:10
HAM Blunden, 1:08 – Cross-checking, 2 min (PP)
IA Zucker, 1:14 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)
HAM Pateryn, 2:43 – Boarding, 2 min (PP)