The Hamilton Bulldogs wrapped up their road trip this past week with a trio of games, earning two wins and a loss, which puts them into first place in the North Division with a record of 13-4-1-3 and 30 points.
For the first game, on Wednesday November 24th, the Bulldogs travelled to Glens Falls, New York, to take on the Adirondack Phantoms (affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers).
The Bulldogs opened the game’s scoring at 10:26 of the first period. David Desharnais received the puck from J.T. Wyman before sending a pass to Max Pacioretty, who blasted a shot past the Phantoms goaltender to give the Dogs a 1-0 lead.
Adirondack tied the game 1-1 at 10:30 of the second period, but 25 seconds later, Pacioretty scored again, assisted by Brendon Nash, to regain the lead.
In the third period, Hamilton increased their lead to 3-1 when Andrew Conboy scored at the 12:47 mark. Gabriel Dumont and Olivier Fortier collected the assists.
The Phantoms put the puck behind Curtis Sanford one last time late in the period, but it was not enough, as the Dogs held on to defeat Adirondack by a final score of 3-2.
On Friday November 26th, the Bulldogs continued their road trip, this time making their way to Ottawa, Ontario to face the Binghamton Senators (affiliate of the Ottawa Senators) in a game which was held at Scotiabank Place.
Following two scoreless periods, the Bulldogs opened the game’s scoring at 13:28 of the third period. Alexander Avtsin received the puck from Aaron Palushaj before firing a shot towards the net. The puck bounced off the backboards before deflecting back towards the net and rolled down the back of Binghamton goaltender Robin Lehner and across the goal line.
Curtis Sanford, who was sick with the flu, began the game in net for Hamilton but was replaced by Robert Mayer to start the second period. Sanford made eight saves on eight shots while Mayer made 25 saves on 25 shots to earn a shared shutout as the Dogs blanked the Sens 1-0.
And then, on Sunday November 28th, the Bulldogs returned to the State of New York where they played the final game of their road trip in Syracuse vs the Crunch. Scoring for Hamilton was David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty. Not only did they score, but they also assisted on each others’ goals as well. The additional assists were provided by J.T. Wyman and Frederic St. Denis.
The Bulldogs had 45 shots on net in this game, but thanks to a brilliant display of goaltending from Syracuse’s Timo Pielmeier, the Crunch were able to defeat Hamilton by a final score of 3-2.
The Bulldogs return home to their Dog Pound at Copps Coliseum this Wednesday to begin a 3-game home-stand against the Abbotsford Heat, Peoria Rivermen, and the Chicago Wolves.