The Hamilton Bulldogs have been really struggling of late, losers of three straight and nine out of their last eleven games, but the Bulldogs finally broke out of a winless slump on Friday night with 3-1 win against the Rockford IceHogs.
The Bulldogs started off slow as the IceHogs opened the scoring just 1:53 into the first period on a goal Ben Smith who scored his fourteenth goal of the season. From there on, the Ice Dogs dominated the first period out shooting the Bulldogs 16-11. The Bulldogs did finally get on the scoreboard with a point shot by Patrick Holland with under a second left in the period. The Patrick Holland goal was the first time the Bulldogs scored in over 200 minutes.
The Bulldogs took the lead late in the second period with a Gabrielle Dumont tip in power play goal with under three minutes to play. The Dumont goal turned the momentum for the Bulldogs despite being out shot in the period 12-11.
In the third period, the Bulldogs put the game away for good with an Olivier Fortier goal at 5:53. Down the stretch, Robert Mayer came up with some huge stops. The Bulldogs in the third period shut down the IceHogs offence by limiting the Hogs to just 8 shots on goal in the third.
4,505 were in attendance for the first Bulldogs home game of 2013….The Bulldogs scored a goal for the first time in over 200 minutes dating back to the December 28th home game against St. Johns.