Make it five losses in a row for the Hamilton Bulldogs as 12,000 screaming children couldn’t rile up the team for an early morning win on Wednesday morning, the Bulldogs lost to the Americans 3-1.The Bulldogs now look exactly like the team from last season which could not score very well which then meant that the team did not win very often.
With the loss, the team now drops to one game under .500 with a record of 5-6-0-3. In the last three games for the Bulldogs they have lost to the league leading Calder Cup Champion Grand Rapids Griffins, the league worst Utica Comets and now the North Division leading Rochester Americans. In each of the three losses the Bulldogs scored just one goal and in all three they gave up the first goal of the game. Combined the Bulldogs have been outscored 12-3 in the last three games.
On Wednesday the team did not look good on the power play, the team failed to set up anything on the power play and went 0 for 4 with the man advantage. The Bulldogs also gave up six power play opportunities to the Americans who eventually scored a power play goal with the man advantage on an empty net.
With score tied at one after two periods of play, the Bulldogs fell behind just .23 seconds into the third period on a pretty impressive passing play between the Amerks Kevin Sundher and Luke Adam.
“We can’t have that happen,” said Bulldogs head coach Sylvain Lefebvre. “We refocused in the second period after they got the best of us, and then to start the third period that way is unacceptable.”
The team was out shot in the third period 14-8, and never really put up much of a rally.
“We’re struggling because we’re not doing what we’re supposed to be doing”. Lefebvre commented.
There was one bright spot on Wednesday and that was Dustin Tokarski, finally Lefebvre went with the same goalie for two nights in row. Tokarksi was good and kept the Bulldogs close and in the game to end, let’s see if he starts on Friday night against Lake Erie.