Rochester hands Hamilton fourth straight loss


bulldogsGabriel Dumont provided all the offence for the visitors on Saturday (Feb. 22) but it was one goal too few, as the Rochester Americans sent the Hamilton Bulldogs back home with a 3-2 American Hockey League defeat.

For Dumont, he registered his 12th and 13th markers of the season to lead the team in goals but the loss was Hamilton’s fourth straight.

Hamilton’s next game is scheduled for Sunday (Feb. 23) when they will host the San Antonio Rampage at FirstOntario Centre at 3 p.m.

Frederick Roy got Rochester on the board first at the midway mark of the opening period when he deflected a point shot past goaltender Robert Mayer for the only score of the frame.

Just past the midway mark of the second period, Luke Adam redirected a shot past Mayer to give the Amerks a 2-0 lead on the powerplay.

With less than two minutes to play in the second period, Dumont pounced on a loose puck to the left of the Americans’ crease and ripped a slap shot past goaltender Nathan Lieuwen to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Mike Zigomanis restored the Americans two goal lead early in the final period. Dumont narrowed the margin with his 13th goal of the season just under seven minutes later.

The ‘Dogs pulled Mayer for an extra attacker late, but couldn’t sneak another puck past Lieuwen.

Mayer made 24 saves on 27 shots in the Bulldogs net and Lieuwen made 27 saves on 29 shots.

Hamilton went 2-for-6 on the power play, while Rochester went 1-for-2.

Scoring Summary

1st Period:
1. RCH – Frederick Roy – 6 – (Rasmus Ristolainen, Joel Armia) – 10:42

Penalties
1 – RCH MacKenzie, 1:26 – High-sticking, 2 min (PP)
1 – HAM Thomas, 7:05 – Roughing, 2 min
1 – RCH Tuzzolino, 7:05 – Roughing, 2 min
1 – HAM Courtnall, 12:35 – Roughing, 2 min (PP)
1 – RCH Ristolainen, 14:44 – Interference, 2 min (PP)

2nd Period:
2. RCH – Luke Adam – 22 – (Brayden McNabb, Chad Ruhwedel) – 11:33 (PP)
3. HAM – Gabriel Dumont – 12 – (Jarred Tinordi) – 18:07 (PP)

Penalties
2 – RCH McNabb, 7:36 – Hooking, 2 min (PP)
2 – HAM St. Pierre, 11:13 – Hooking, 2 min (PP)
2 – RCH Irwin, 16:21 – Hooking, 2 min (PP)
2 – RCH Porter, 18:45 – Interference, 2 min (PP)

3rd Period:
4. RCH – Mike Zigomanis – 10 – (Kevin Porter, Rasmus Ristolainen) – 5:53
5. HAM – Gabriel Dumont – 13 – (Patrick Holland, Nathan Beaulieu) – 12:46 (PP)

Penalties
3 – RCH Crawford, 11:29 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)

Shots:
Hamilton: 14-11-4–29
Rochester: 13-6-8–27

Power Play:
Hamilton: 2-for-6
Rochester: 1-for-2

Attendance: 5,659