Bulldogs unable to rebound against Comets


bulldogsThe Hamilton Bulldogs dropped a 3-1 decision to the Utica Comets in an American Hockey League game played at Copps Coliseum on Saturday night (Jan. 18)

After falling behind 2-0 in the first period, Maxime Macenauer scored shorthanded early in the second period to cut the Utica Comets’ lead in half, but that was all the offence the Bulldogs could muster, leaving Hamilton with a 19-16-0-4) record while the Comets improved to 12-20-2-3.

Utica got first period markers from Benn Ferriero and Alexandre Grenier two minutes apart.

Ferriero added an empty net goal with 35 seconds left in the game.

The ‘Dogs fired 11 shots Cannata’s way in the third period to try to tie things up, but Cannata stopped them all to preserve the victory for the Comets.

Ferriero added his second goal of the night into an empty Bulldogs net to cap the game off at 3-1. Pelletier and forward Brandon DeFazio added assists.

Dustin Tokarski faced 33 shots in the Bulldogs net while his counterpart, Joe Cannata, faced 33 shots.

The Bulldogs went 0-for-5 on the power play, while the Comets went 1-for-6.

Hamilton’s next game is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 24, when the ‘Dogs will host the Toronto Marlies at Copps at 7:30 p.m.

Earlier in the day, the Montreal Canadiens re-assigned defenceman Nathan Beaulieu and forward Joonas Nattinen to the Bulldogs.

Scoring summary

1st Period:
1. UTI – Benn Ferriero – 12 – (Pascal Pelletier, Peter Andersson) – 11:21
2. UTI – Alexandre Grenier – 13 – (Henrik Tommernes, Pascal Pelletier) – 13:42 (PP)

Penalties
UTI Marshall, 4:51 – Unsportsmanlike conduct, 2 min
HAM Dumont, 4:51 – Unsportsmanlike conduct, 2 min
HAM Pateryn, 6:41 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)
HAM Owens, 13:02 – Hooking, 2 min (PP)
UTI Kennedy, 14:00 – Holding, 2 min (PP)
UTI Friesen, 19:30 – Boarding, 2 min (PP)
HAM Macenauer, 19:59 – High-sticking, 2 min (PP)

2nd Period:
3. HAM – Maxime Macenauer – 4 – (Unassisted) – 2:07 (SH)

Penalties
HAM Chouinard, 1:18 – Hooking, 2 min (PP)
UTI Pelletier, 8:18 – Hooking, 2 min (PP)
UTI Ferriero, 15:13 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)

3rd Period:
4. UTI – Benn Ferriero – 13 – (Pascal Pelletier, Brandon DeFazio) – 19:25 (EN)

Penalties
UTI Corrado, 11:02 – Holding, 2 min (PP)
HAM Tarnasky, 12:12 – Boarding, 2 min (PP)
HAM Pateryn, 17:22 – Checking to the head, (48.2) 2 min (PP)

Shots:
Utica: 11-10-13–34
Hamilton: 10-12-11–33

Attendance: 4,652