Hamilton Bulldogs vs St John’s Leafs 1-28-04
Hamilton is looking to add to it’s current five game winning streak, as they take on the Leafs in a rematch from the night before where the Dogs were able to extend their winning streak with a 2-1 win thanks to goals from Tomas Plekanec and Chris Higgins. With Eric Fichaud getting the start yesterday, rookie netminder Olivier Michaud was in nets tonight looking for his third win in the American Hockey league.
The Dogs were jumping, as they had the offense going full force but could not get one past Leafs goalie Telliqvist. Late in the period, with a too many men penalty to the Dogs served by Andrew Archer, the Leafs were able to get on the board, even though they had generated only four shots on goal all period, but were able to solve the Dogs penalty kill. Francois Beauchemin believed he had tied up the game at 1-1, but the goal was called off due to being hit with a high stick.
The Dogs came out and picked up where they left off, as they fired the puck on Telliqvist from all over the ice. Then a bad line change by the Leafs, gave the Dogs a 3 on 1, where Duncan Milroy was able to feed a nice pass to Jimmy Olvestad who tied the game at 1-1. Milroy had been playing on the top line with Hossa and Plekanec, but had been replaced by Ferland and moved to the third line with Olvestad and Dwyer. Around the mid point of the period, the Dogs went on the power play, and with a slashing penalty to Josh Holden, the Dogs got a 5 on 3 power play, and it took them only 19 seconds for Karl Dykhuis to blast one off the inside of the post, with assists to Patrick Traverse and Duncan Milroy. With 6 seconds left in the period, the Leafs Nathan Barrett took a high sticking penalty that would prove to be costly.
With the Dogs starting the period with a full power play and a fresh sheet of ice, they went to work on the Leafs, and were able to find the back of the net with just 8 seconds left on the power play, as Philippe Plante was able to get it past Telliqvist as he was setup by Chris Higgins. The pace of the game seemed to really pick up, and with Marcel Hossa in the box for a hooking penalty, the Leafs were able to get their second power play goal to make it a 3-2 game with a lot of time left in the game. The Leafs were able to fire more shots on Michaud then the first two periods combinded, and with just over 2 minutes remaining, they were able to tie the game up at 3-3. But 19 seconds after the Leafs goal by Leeb, Duncan Milroy took the puck on a feed from Tomas Plekanec, and fired one past Telliqvist to retake the lead 4-3. It was Milroy’s first 3 point game in his pro career. The Dogs faced some tough shots from the Leafs with their goalie pulled, but were able to hold onto the lead and win their sixth straight game.
Duncan Milroy with 1 goal and 2 assists, gets his first 3 point game as a pro. Chris Higgins led the team in shots with 8, followed by Tomas Plekanec and Francois Beauchemin with 5 shots apiece. Olivier Michuad won his 3rd game, and stopped 23 of 26 shots. Higgins, Plekanec, Milroy and Cote were all +1. Dogs next game is Friday night, and will be on the score at 7 pm.