Bulldogs unable to out shine Texas Stars


bulldogsThe Hamilton Bulldogs found out the hard way that three shots on net are not going to result in an America Hockey League victory.

Those three shots were Hamilton’s offensive efforts in the first period on Saturday night (March 29) as the Bulldogs fell 6-1 to the Texas Stars in Cedar Park, Texas. The Texans fired 20 rubber discs at Hamilton goalie Dustin Tokarski in the opening 20 minutes that resulted in a 2-0 edge for the Stars.

Hamilton would recover to outshoot their hosts 18-12 in the second stanza but by the time the middle intermission started the Stars had built a 4-1 cushion.

The Stars got goals from six players – Curtis McKenzie, Patrik Nemeth, Matej Stransky, Hubert Labrie, Brendan Ranford (shorthanded and into an empty net), and Mike Hedden.

Hamilton forward Christian Thomas got his team on the board with his 11th goal of the season at 13:09 of the middle frame.

Tokarski made 31 saves on 36 shots in the Bulldogs net. Cristopher Nilstorp stopped 24 of 25 shots he faced for the Stars.

Hamilton went 0-for-5 on the power play, while Texas went 1-for-3.

During their current nine-game road excursion, the Bulldogs have two losses and a win. That win was against the San Antonio Rampage, Hamilton’s next opponent on Sunday (March 30) afternoon. The Bulldogs return to FirstOntario Centre on Saturday, April 12 when they will host the Rochester Americans.

Scoring summary

1st Period:
1. TEX – Curtis McKenzie – 22 – (Derek Hulak, Travis Morin) – 3:07
2. TEX – Patrik Nemeth – 3 – (Brendan Ranford, Jyrki Jokipakka) – 15:23

Penalties
TEX Henderson, 11:09 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)
HAM Czarnik, 19:18 – Holding, 2 min (PP)
TEX McKenzie, 19:44 – Goaltender interference, 2 min (PP)

2nd Period:
3. TEX – Matej Stransky – 8 – (Curtis McKenzie, Travis Morin) – 2:07 (PP)
4. HAM – Christian Thomas – 11 – (Maxime Macenauer, Sven Andrighetto) – 13:09
5. TEX – Hubert Labrie – 2 – (Justin Dowling, Mike Hedden) – 16:19

Penalties
HAM Pateryn, 0:44 – High-sticking, 2 min (PP)
HAM Czarnik, 1:51 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)
TEX Ranford, 2:36 – Interference, 2 min (PP)
TEX Oleksiak, 8:13 – Roughing, 2 min (PP)

3rd Period:
6. TEX – Brendan Ranford – 12 – (Hubert Labrie) – 17:36 (EN, SH)
7. TEX – Mike Hedden – 22 – (Brett Ritchie, Patrik Nemeth) – 19:22

Penalties
HAM Czarnik, 2:36 – Roughing, 2 min
HAM Czarnik, 2:36 – Fighting, 5 min
TEX Labrie, 2:36 – Boarding, 2 min
TEX Labrie, 2:36 – Fighting, 5 min
TEX Oleksiak, 16:38 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)

Scoring:
Hamilton: 0-1-0
Texas: 2-2-2

Shots:
Hamilton: 3-18-4–25
Texas: 20-12-5–37

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