Bulldogs Keep Fighting

By Mike Marasco

The Hamilton Bulldogs opened a four game home stand with a win as they defeated the Philadelphia Phantoms 4-2 at Copps Coliseum on Saturday night. The Bulldogs record now improves to 5 wins, 2 losses, 0 ties and 1 overtime loss on the season.

Scoring for the Bulldogs were Fernando Pisani, Jani Rita, Marcel Hossa and Jason Ward. Pisani’s goal was his first of the season. Marc-Andre Bergeron earned his first point of the year with an assist on Pisani’s first period goal.

Philadelphia responded with goals from veteran Mark Greig and Ben Stafford.

Ty Conklin earned his third win of the season in net for Hamilton as he made 23 saves. Phantoms goaltender Neil Little suffered the loss.

The Bulldogs next action take place TOMORROW – Sunday, November 3rd as they host the Rochester Americans at Copps Coliseum. Game time is 6:00 p.m.

Scoring Summary:

First Period
1. HAM - Fernando Pisani (Jarret Stoll, Marc-Andre Bergeron) - 4:44
2. PHI - Mark Greig (Andre Savage, Wade Skolney) - 10:29

Second Period
3. HAM - Jani Rita (Jozef Balej, Tomas Plekanec) - 1:25 pp
4. HAM - Marcel Hossa (Jarret Stoll, Tony Salmelainen) - 4:11
5. PHI - Ben Stafford (Mark Greig, John Slaney) - 12:55 pp

Third Period
6. HAM - Jason Ward (Jani Rita, Benoit Gratton) - 2:24

Hamilton: 11-14-8--33
Philadelphia: 10-9-6--25

Hamilton: Ty Conklin (25 shots, 23 saves)
Philadelphia: Neil Little (33 shots, 29 saves)

Hamilton: 1 for 6
Phildelphia: 1 for 2

Three Stars
1. HAM - Jani Rita
2. HAM - Jarret Stoll
3. PHI - Mark Greig
Sparkplug of the Game: Fernando Pisani

The Hamilton Bulldogs earned their first tie of the season on Sunday night, as they skated to a 2-2 draw against the Rochester Americans at Copps Coliseum. The Bulldogs record now stands at 5 wins, 2 losses, 1 tie and 1 overtime loss.

Hamilton had goals scored by Jarret Stoll and Fernando Pisani. The goal by Pisani was his second in as many games. The Amerks responded with goals from Francois Methot and Jason Botterill.

The Bulldogs and Amerks each had 30 shots on goal. Hamilton goaltender Eric Fichaud and Rochester goaltender Tom Askey both made 28 saves.

Hamilton experienced some success on the power play as they scored once on four opportunities. Rochester had the man-advantage three times and did not score.

The Hamilton Bulldogs next action takes place on Wednesday, November 6th, as they host the Syracuse Crunch at Copps Coliseum. Game time is 7:00 p.m. For tickets contact the Bulldogs at (905)529-8500 or by e-mail at [email protected]

Scoring Summary:

First Period
1. HAM - Jarret Stoll (Marcel Hossa, Fernando Pisani) - 6:25

Second Period
2. ROC - Francois Methot (Rory Fitzpatrick, Norm Milley) - 3:56

Third Period
3. HAM - Fernando Pisani (Jason Ward, Mike Komisarek) - 11:14 pp
4. ROC - Jason Botterill (Francois Methot) - 14:03

Hamilton: 6-8-12-4--30
Rochester: 6-9-11-4--30

Hamilton: Eric Fichaud (30 shots, 28 saves)
Rochester: Tom Askey (30 shots, 28 saves)

Hamilton: 1 for 4
Rochester: 0 for 3

Three Stars
1. HAM - Fernando Pisani
2. ROC - Francois Methot
3. HAM - Eric Fichaud
PartSource Sparkplug of the Game: Benjamin Carpentier

The Dogs play three times this week. The first is Wednesday night when they take on Syracuse. This is one of the make up games from when the Queen caused the team to postpone the game. Then Friday night, the Dogs will host the Wilkes-Barre Penguins. The Dogs then goes on a 3 game road trip on Sunday in Philadelphia.