In a game in which their special teams crashed, the Hamilton Bulldogs four game winning streak came to an end at the hands of the Rochester Americans 6-3 Wednesday night. Of the Americans’ six goals, three were scored on their power play and two more came while they were shorthanded.
The Americans were led by two goal performances from Kevin Price and Rasmus Ristolainen. Jamie Tardif and Johan Larsson also scored for the Buffalo Sabres affiliate.
For the Bulldogs linemates Martin St.Pierre and Christian Thomas had a goal and two assists each. Morgan Ellis also scored.
Shots on goal were 28-27 for Rochester. Dustin Tokarski was in goal for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs return home to face the Toronto Marlies Friday night at Copps Coliseum. Their season record is now 9-8-3.
…..Despite the loss, the Bulldogs remain tied for the lead in the AHL’s North Division with Toronto and Lake Erie. However both the Marlies and Monsters have two games in hand.
…..The Rochester power play goal that made it 3-1 ended a streak of 21 straight successful Hamilton penalty kills.
…..This was Dustin Tokarski’s 5th straight start in the Bulldogs nets and 7th of the last 9.
…..Bulldogs captain Martin St. Pierre has a 5 game scoring streak going during which he has scored a goal and seven assists and taken over team scoring lead with 17 points (4 goals, 13 assists) in 17 games.
…..In his last nine games RW-Louis Leblanc has scored 1 goals and 3 assists and is minus-3.
….The Bulldogs injury list includes RW-Sven Andrighetto – Lower body; D Darren Dietz – wrist; RW-Stefan Fournier – Upper body; RW Patrick Holland – ankle. All of the injuries are listed as day-to-day.
….The Bulldogs announced Wednesday that defenceman Magnus Nygren will return to KarlstadSweden where he will finish the season with Farjestad BK. Nygren has a two year contract with the Canadiens and will return for Canadiens training camp next fall.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 – Blue Cross Arena
Hamilton 0 1 2 – 3
Rochester 1 2 3 – 6
1, Rochester, Porter 2 (Tardif, Gillies), 16:06.
Penalties-Quailer Ham (hooking), 2:38; Tardif Rch (interference), 5:47; Varone Rch (roughing), 13:16.
2, Rochester, Tardif 3 (Varone), 2:55 (SH).
3, Hamilton, Ellis 2 (St. Pierre, Thomas), 11:15.
4, Rochester, Ristolainen 1 (Gauthier-Leduc, Larsson), 15:35 (PP).
Penalties-Zigomanis Rch (tripping), 1:16; Blunden Ham (cross-checking), 14:55.
5, Hamilton, Thomas 2 (Quailer, St. Pierre), 0:53.
6, Rochester, Porter 3 (Varone, Ruhwedel), 6:40 (PP).
7, Rochester, Larsson 1 (Porter, Varone), 9:26 (PP).
8, Hamilton, St. Pierre 4 (Beaulieu, Thomas), 12:21 (PP).
9, Rochester, Ristolainen 2 19:23 (SH EN).
Penalties-Beaulieu Ham (roughing), 6:21; Ellis Ham (delay of game), 8:22; Macenauer Ham (high-sticking), 9:01; Ristolainen Rch (cross-checking), 11:08; Ellis Rch (delay of game), 11:53; Tardif Rch (delay of game), 13:17; Gauthier-Leduc Rch (delay of game), 17:29.
Shots on Goal-Hamilton 10-7-10-27. Rochester 10-7-12-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Hamilton 1 / 7; Rochester 3 / 5.
Goalies-Hamilton, Tokarski 8-4-1 (28 shots-23 saves). Rochester, Lieuwen 4-3-0 (27 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Chris Ciamaga (24), Jamie Koharski (84).
Linesmen-Peter Feola (33), Derek Sylvester (76).
Hamilton Bulldogs 2013-14 Individual Stats
|93||Martin St. Pierre||17||4||13||17||-1||16||4||0||25||16.0|
|32||Magnus Nygren (X)||16||1||7||8||-9||14||1||0||47||2.1|
|15||Erik Nystrom (X)||17||1||4||5||0||4||0||0||26||3.8|
|19||Akim Aliu (X)||14||3||1||4||-6||18||0||0||22||13.6|