December 30, 2009 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Hamilton Bulldogs
Hamilton, ON - The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Rochester Americans 4-1 on Wednesday night in front of 5,510 fans at Copps Coliseum. The win puts Hamilton in first place in the North Division.
Hamilton opened the scoring at the five minute-mark of the opening period. Bulldogs defenceman Andre Benoit dished a pass to Mikael Johansson who carried the puck into the Rochester zone. While skating down the left side, Johansson fed a pass to J.T. Wyman who was stationed in front of the net. Wyman then fired a shot past Rochester starting goaltender Ryan Mior. The Dogs added their second goal at 14:41 while on the power play. Wyman sent a blind backhand pass to Mathieu Darche, who rifled a shot over the blocker of Mior and into the top left corner of the net.
The Amerks cut the lead to one at 5:46 of the middle stanza while on the power play. Chris Taylor received a pass from Evgeny Dadonov before sending the puck towards the net. The puck bounced off the leg of a Hamilton player and past Hamilton starting goaltender Cedrick Desjardins.
The Bulldogs took a 3-1 lead at 13:57 of the second stanza with a shorthanded marker. Yannick Weber fed a long stretch pass up the right side to send Brock Trotter in on a breakaway. Trotter used a forehand to backhand move before depositing the puck behind Mior.
Johansson gave Hamilton a 4-1 lead at 11:26 of the final frame. Tom Pyatt sent a pass back to the left point, where Weber was positioned. Weber blasted a shot that was redirected by Johansson through the legs of Mior.
The Bulldogs will travel to Grand Rapids to battle the Griffins tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. Due to a scheduling conflict on the flagship station of the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Network, TALK 820, tomorrow\'s game between can be heard live on Oldies 1150 CKOC (1150 AM). The game will begin with the Pepsi Max Pre-Game Show at 6:30 p.m.
Tickets for all Hamilton Bulldogs home games (with the exception of the February 21st game at Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec) are available at the Copps Coliseum Box Office, any Ticketmaster Outlet, online at www.ticketmaster.ca or through charge-by-phone at 905-527-7666. For more information on Dogs season tickets, flex packs, mini packs and group tickets call 905-529-8500 or visit www.hamiltonbulldogs.com.
1st Period: 1. HAM - J.T. Wyman - 6 (Mikael Johansson, Andre Benoit) - 5:00 2. HAM - Mathieu Darche - 13 (J.T. Wyman, Mathieu Carle) - 14:41 (PP)
2nd Period: 3. RCH - Chris Taylor - 9 (Evgeny Dadonov, Keaton Ellerby) - 5:46 (PP) 4. HAM - Brock Trotter - 10 (Yannick Weber, David Desharnais) - 13:57 (SH)
3rd Period: 5. HAM - Mikael Johansson - 2 (Yannick Weber, Tom Pyatt) - 9:26
Scoring: Hamilton: 2-1-1--4 Rochester: 0-1-0--1
Shots: Hamilton: 8-6-10--24 Rochester: 5-16-4--25
Goaltending: Hamilton: Cedrick Desjardins (25 shots, 24 saves) Rochester: Ryan Mior (24 shots, 20 saves)
Power Play: Hamilton: 1-for-6 Rochester: 1-for-6
Three Stars: 1. HAM- Cedrick Desjardins 2. HAM- J.T. Wyman
3. HAM- Mikael Johansson
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