Rookie forward Brandon Pirri converted in the fifth round of a shootout to send Rockford to a 2-1 road win over Hamilton at Copps Coliseum on Wednesday.
Rockford goaltender Hannu Toivonen, coming off a 41-save effort in Tuesday’s shootout loss in Toronto, established a new season high with 44 stops through the first 65 minutes in this one. Aaron Palushaj and Dany Masse beat him in the first two shootout rounds, but Toivonen stopped the next three attempts in a row.

Palushaj potted the only regulation goal for the Bulldogs, which moved into a tie with idle Toronto for second place in the North Division, one point back of front-running Manitoba.

Scoring Summary:
1st Period:
1. RFD – Ben Smith – 14 (Brian Connelly, Brandon Pirri) – 2:59 (PP)

2nd Period:
2. HAM – Aaron Palushaj – 15 (Nigel Dawes, Mathieu Carle) – 2:23

3rd Period:
No Scoring

Overtime:
No Scoring

Shootout
Rockford:                                              Hamilton:
Mathis Olimb                  No Goal             Aaron Palushaj               Goal
Jeff Taffe                       Goal                  Danny Masse                 Goal
Ben Smith                      Goal                  Alexander Avtsin            No Goal
Peter LeBlanc                No Goal             Nigel Dawes                  No Goal
Brandon Pirri                 Goal                  Gabriel Dumont              No Goal

Scoring:
Rockford: 1-0-0-0-1—2
Hamilton: 0-1-0-0—1

Shots:
Rockford: 8-8-15-3-1—35
Hamilton: 11-18-15-1-0—45

Goaltending:
Rockford: Hannu Toivenen (45 shots, 44 saves)
Hamilton: Drew MacIntyre (34 shots, 33 saves)

Power Play:
Rockford: 1-for-4
Hamilton: 0-for-5

Attendance: 2,508

Three Stars:
1. RFD – Hannu Toivenen (45 shots, 44 saves)
2. HAM – Drew MacIntyre (34 shots, 33 saves)
3. HAM – Aaron Palushaj (1 goal, +1, 3 shots)

Flamboro Downs Workhorse of the Game: Olivier Fortier

# Player GP G A PTS +/- PIM PP SHG SOG SH%
19 Nigel Dawes (total) 54 33 21 54 7 17 9 1 167 19.8
  CHI 47 27 17 44 2 17 8 1 145 18.6
  HAM 7 6 4 10 5 0 1 0 22 27.3
51 David Desharnais (X) 35 10 35 45 14 24 1 3 70 14.3
28 Aaron Palushaj 54 15 25 40 14 26 4 0 123 12.2
19 Ben Maxwell 47 11 29 40 -2 32 7 0 146 7.5
23 Max Pacioretty (X) 27 17 15 32 4 20 7 0 132 12.9
10 J.T. Wyman 63 13 15 28 3 30 2 0 124 10.5
4 Brendon Nash 58 5 22 27 16 43 3 0 66 7.6
15 Kyle Klubertanz 59 8 18 26 -1 40 2 0 93 8.6
72 Mathieu Carle 55 10 14 24 12 32 3 0 101 9.9
17 Dustin Boyd 33 15 4 19 0 16 6 1 107 14.0
22 Andreas Engqvist 56 8 11 19 8 16 2 0 112 7.1
32 Frederic St. Denis 62 4 15 19 12 22 2 0 86 4.7
20 Ryan Russell 54 9 9 18 13 48 0 0 100 9.0
12 Andrew Conboy 49 9 8 17 3 59 0 0 79 11.4
14 Olivier Fortier 51 8 9 17 0 18 5 0 71 11.3
26 Alexander Avtsin 45 4 13 17 2 20 1 0 73 5.5
40 Gabriel Dumont 57 5 11 16 -5 72 0 0 117 4.3
7 Yannick Weber (X) 15 8 4 12 -5 10 4 0 51 15.7
25 Ryan White (X) 33 3 9 12 -5 77 1 0 61 4.9
5 Alex Henry 63 1 11 12 6 81 0 0 33 3.0
61 Hunter Bishop 27 3 3 6 6 8 0 0 36 8.3
18 Dany Masse 19 2 2 4 -2 8 0 0 22 9.1
3 Brett Festerling 16 0 4 4 0 15 0 0 16 0.0
85 Neil Petruic 36 0 2 2 4 33 0 0 28 0.0
44 Jimmy Bonneau 60 1 0 1 -10 145 0 0 26 3.8
16 David Urquhart 18 0 1 1 0 8 0 0 9 0.0
31 Drew MacIntyre (total) 24 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
  CHI 20 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
  HAM 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
1 Curtis Sanford 40 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0.0
45 Peter Delmas (X) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0
35 Robert Mayer 20 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0.0
24 Ian Schultz 35 0 0 0 -7 33 0 0 41 0.0
  BENCH 63 5       12     5  
  TOTALS 63 180 294 469 85 956 51 4 1950 0.090

 

# Goalies GP Mins W L SL SO GA GAA SVS SV%
45 Peter Delmas (X) 2 125 1 0 1 0 4 1.92 56 0.933
1 Curtis Sanford 40 2273 22 13 2 5 73 1.93 963 0.930
31 Drew MacIntyre (total) 24 1386 14 6 2 0 63 2.73 643 0.911
  CHI 20 1135 12 5 1 0 55 2.91 529 0.906
  HAM 4 251 2 1 1 0 8 1.91 114 0.934
35 Robert Mayer 20 1177 9 9 2 0 60 3.06 489 0.891
  TOTALS 63 3826 34 23 6 5 145 2.27 1622 0.918