The Hamilton Bulldogs fell apart on Saturday night as the Rochester Americans came to life in the third period to steal a win at Copps Coliseum.
After a solid 40 minutes, in a game where the Bulldogs out hustled, out shot and out scored the Americans, the Americans scored three early third period goals to erase a two goal deficit for a 4-2 come from behind win.
Evan Rankin of the Americans scored at 3:28 and 5:52 of third period to tie up the game.
“Coming into the third period, down a couple goals, you’ve got to do whatever you can to try to win,” Rankin said about his two early third period goals.
Just over a minute after the Americans tied up the game Jerome Gauthier-Leduc put the Americans ahead 3-2.
“I received the pass at the blue line, I tried to shoot on net and I got it past the pads of the goaltender,” Gauthier-Leduc said about his game winning goal.
The third period come back was confidence builder for the Americans who dropped a tough game on Friday night at home against the Toronto Marlies.
“We show character and we need those points to make the playoffs, I think we showed our best period in two or three games,” Gauthier-Leduc said of the stunning third period comeback.
Matt Ellis would add an empty net short handed goal for the Americans at 18:43 of the third. Brady Vail and Steve Quailer scored for the Bulldogs.
The Rochester Americans are now 8-2 this season against the Hamilton Bulldogs.