A goal by the Comets Frank Corrado midway through the third period tied the game and paved the way for the overtime. The other Utica goal was scored by Cal O’Reilly.
Charles Hudon and Drayson Bowman scored for Hamilton.
Shots on goal were 29-28 for Hamilton.
With six games remaining in their regular season schedule, the single point allowed the Bulldogs to move one point ahead of the Toronto Marlies into ninth place in the AHL’s Western Conference and three points behind the Milwaukee Admirals who hold down the eighth and final playoff berth. The Bulldogs hold a game in hand over the Admirals. 10th place Toronto has one in hand over the Bulldogs and two on Milwaukee.
….In the new 3-on-3 portion of AHL overtime the Bulldogs are now 1 and 8. They are the only AHL team that has not had a game decided in a shootout this season.
…..The Bulldogs have lost seven in a row at home (0-4-3) and now below .500 for the season at FirstOntario Centre at 15-16-6 at First Ontario Centre.
…..In their 19th and final year in the City of Hamilton, the Bulldogs are facing the prospect of missing the AHL playoffs for the fourth consecutive year.
….With his 17th goal Charles Hudon has 55 points, one behind rookie scoring leader Connor Brown of the Toronto Marlies. Left Wing Daniel Carr remains the AHL’s top rookie goalscorer with 22.
….Like their parent Canadiens, the Bulldogs have big problems on their power play. They were 0-for ___with the man advantage in this game and they rank 29th in the 30 team AHL.
….The Bulldogs continue to be thin on their blueline. Along with Greg Pateryn on recall to the Canadiens, the injury list includes Davis Drewiske (wrist surgery); Jarred Tinordi (wrist) and Magnus Nygren (post concussion syndrome). Also missing is forward Michael Bournival with dizzy spells.
….Joey MacDonald returned to the Hamilton nets for the first time since he was hurt in a goalmouth collision at San Antonio March 22nd.
….The Canadiens assigned defenseman Brett Lernout to the Bulldogs after his WHL Swift Current Broncos team was eliminated from the WHL playoffs this week. The 6’4” Lernout was a 3rd round pick (73rd overall) in the 2014 entry draft. Lernout was not in the lineup against Utica.
….Hamilton returned defenseman David Makowski and goaltender Frank Palazzese to the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL Friday.
….This was the seventh of eight scheduled meetings between the Bulldogs and Utica. They’ll meet for the final time Tuesday in Utica. The Comets are affiliated with the Vancouver Canucks.
Utica Comets 3 (OT) at Hamilton Bulldogs 2
Saturday, April 4, 2015 – FirstOntario Centre
Utica 1 0 1 1 – 3
Hamilton 1 0 1 0 – 2
1, Hamilton, Hudon 17 (Andrighetto, Shea), 6:56.
2, Utica, O’Reilly 9 (Shinkaruk, Conacher), 8:27.
Penalties-Bennett Ham (hooking), 4:19; Negrin Uti (slashing), 8:51; Tangradi Ham (roughing), 15:00; McNally Ham (cross-checking), 19:28; Clendening Uti (slashing, unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:43.
Penalties-Zalewski Uti (high-sticking), 7:54; MacDonald Ham (tripping), 17:04.
3, Hamilton, Bowman 13 (Thomas, Hensick), 1:34.
4, Utica, Corrado 6 (Gaunce, Bancks), 10:59.
5, Utica, Sanguinetti 16 (Conacher, O’Reilly), 4:02.
Shots on Goal-Utica 9-7-8-4-28. Hamilton 7-10-8-4-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Utica 0 / 4; Hamilton 0 / 4.
Goalies-Utica, Cannata 3-1-0 (29 shots-27 saves). Hamilton, MacDonald 10-9-0 (28 shots-25 saves).
Referees-Darcy Burchell (42).
Linesmen-Mike Harrington (11), Jean Menard (12).
Hamilton Bulldogs 2014-15 Individual Stats
|2||Greg Pateryn (X)||D||53||3||12||15||-1||56||1||0||78||3.8|
|20||Jacob de la Rose (X)||F||37||6||5||11||7||11||0||1||49||12.2|
|29||Sahir Gill (total) (X)||LW||37||3||4||7||0||6||0||0||32||9.4|
|6||Bryan Allen (total)||D||36||1||5||6||-4||24||0||0||40||2.5|
|14||Rene Bourque (X)||LW||4||2||2||4||2||4||1||0||17||11.8|
|8||Nathan Beaulieu (X)||D||8||2||2||4||-2||9||0||0||20||10.0|
|38||Shane Bakker (X)||F||15||0||1||1||1||37||0||0||2||0.0|
|34||Dustin Tokarski (X)||G||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.0|
|36||David Makowski (X)||D||7||0||0||0||-1||2||0||0||3||0.0|
|24||Jack Nevins (X)||LW||32||0||0||0||-8||88||0||0||13||0.0|