The Rochester Americans blew a 2-0 led and simply fell apart in the last ten minutes of the third period as the Hamilton Bulldogs scored four goals in a span of 5:01 to take the second game of a home and home series 4-3 against the Americans on Saturday night.
Blake Geoffrion scored twice, and Brendan Gallagher and Mike Blunden added one goal each for the Bulldogs as the Copps Coliseum crowd of 6200 came to life for an exciting second half of the third period. This was the second time in as many nights that the Bulldogs came back from a 2-0 deficit.
“It’s like coach said, we should just start down 2-0 every game because it seems like we play better when we’re down, but it is a great team effort all around,” Geoffrion said after the game.
The Bulldogs seemed to have a little more life to start the third period and outshot the American 11-5 and Bulldogs head coach Sylvain Lefebvre was pleased that his team could limit the shots and was impressed by a number of blocked shots down the stretch.
“We take pride in playing well defensively, and like I said, guys blocked shots and its unreal, they put their body in front of shots and they have bruises everywhere and they just keep doing it and that is a case of character, resiliency and being willing to pay the price,” Lefebvre said after the game.
The win against the Americans on Saturday was the fourth straight game where the Bulldogs gave up the first goal but rallied back either to either send the game into overtime or pick up the win. The Bulldogs killed six American power plays on the night and the Bulldogs game winner came on a power play of their own.
“Let’s not get frustrated, let’s stay with it, stay composed, it’s going to go in, we just need one goal and that is what happened,” Lefebvre said.
The Bulldogs (4-2-1-1) welcome the new look Syracuse Crunch (5-1-1-1) to Hamilton Wednesday night before the two teams square off once again in Montreal at the Bell Centre on Friday night.