Bulldogs shoot way to third straight victory


bulldogsUTICA, NEW YORK – It took six rounds of the shootout, but the Hamilton Bulldogs left Utica, New York on Saturday evening (Dec. 28) with their third straight win as the ‘Dogs topped the Utica Comets 4-3 at Utica Memorial Auditorium.

The win lifted Hamilton to a 15-14-0-4 record. Utica is now 10-16-1-2.

In a first period paced by the Bulldogs, who out-shot Utica 16-9, it was the Comets striking first. With just 12 second left in the opening frame, forward Alexandre Grenier notched a power play goal to give his team the lead.
Bulldogs’ forward Gabriel Dumont struck back for Hamilton with his fifth goal of the season just 27 seconds into the second period. Louis Leblanc fired home his team-leading ninth goal of the season at 17:08 of the second period to make it 2-1 for Hamilton.

Just 47 seconds into the third period, Hamilton took a 3-1 lead from defenceman Greg Pateryn’s point shot. But Utica battled back and less than four minutes later, forward Darren Archibald made it a 3-2 game.

With just over two minutes to play in regulation, Utica pulled goalie Joe Cannata for an extra attacker and Tommernes tied the game 3-3 with a power play goal.

After a scoreless overtime, Hamilton won the shootout 3-2 with goals by Maxime Macenauer, Martin St. Pierre, and Nathan Beaulieu.

Mike Condon made 28 saves on 31 shots in the Bulldogs net in the win. Cannata made 37 saves on 40 shots for the Comets in the loss.

The Bulldogs went 0-for-1 on the power play, while the Comets went 2-for-6.

Hamilton’s next game is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 3, when the Bulldogs travel to Abbotsford, B.C. to take on the Heat (AHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames).

Scoring Summary

1st Period:
1. UTI – Alexandre Grenier (9) – (Henrik Tommernes, Benn Ferriero) – 19:48 (PP)

Penalties
HAM Macenauer, 2:38 – Hooking, 2 min (PP)
AM Tinordi, 19:39 – Hooking, 2 min (PP)

2nd Period:
2. HAM – Gabriel Dumont (5) – (Nick Tarnasky, Mike Blunden) – 0:27
3. HAM – Louis Leblanc (9) – (Maxime Macenauer, Darren Dietz) – 17:08

Penalties
HAM Macenauer, 1:30 – Hooking, 2 min (PP)
HAM Fournier, 9:57 – Instigating, 2 min (PP)
HAM Fournier, 9:57 – Fighting, 5 min
HAM Fournier, 9:57 – Misconduct – Instigating, (46.11) 10 min
UTI Archibald, 9:57 – Fighting, 5 min

3rd Period:
4. HAM – Greg Pateryn (6) – (Gabriel Dumont, Mike Blunden) – 0:47
5. UTI – Darren Archibald (5) – (Alex Biega) – 4:27
6. UTI – Henrik Tommernes (4) – (Benn Ferriero, Cal O’Reilly) – 18:56 (PP)

Penalties
HAM Thomas, 2:39 – Holding, 2 min
UTI Grenier, 2:39 – Interference, 2 min
HAM Chouinard, 16:27 – Elbowing, 2 min (PP)
UTI Jensen, 16:55 – Hooking, 2 min (PP)
HAM Andrighetto, 18:48 – Holding the stick, 2 min (PP)

Overtime:
No scoring

Shootout:
HAM – Sven Andrighetto – NG
UTI – Benn Ferriero – NG
HAM – Christian Thomas – NG
UTI – Pascal Pelletier – NG
HAM – Maxime Macenauer – G
UTI – Nicklas Jensen – G
HAM – Patrick Holland – NG
UTI – Alexandre Grenier – G
HAM – Martin St. Pierre – G
UTI – Cal O’Reilly – NG
HAM – Nathan Beaulieu – G
UTI – Colin Stuart – NG

Shots:
Hamilton: 16-12-8-4-1–41
Utica: 9-10-10-2-0–31

Attendance: 3,815