The Hamilton Bulldogs (36-24-1-6) who dressed 10 forwards and 7 defencemen managed to avenge their previous encounter with the Rochester Americans (30-32-3-3) with a 2-0 win. The unlikely hero, Andrew Conboy, scored with 5:56 remaining in the game before Alexander Avtsin was awarded the second goal on an empty net with only 3 seconds remaining on the clock. Drew MacIntyre stopped all 18 shots for his first shutout as a Bulldog.
On Sunday afternoon, the Amerks handed the ‘Dogs a crushing 6-5 loss at the Copps Coliseum. Now the ‘Dogs were looking to beat the Americans at the Blue Cross Arena on Wednesday night. With Pacioretty, Desharnais, White, Weber, and Ben Maxwell out of the line-up the ‘Dogs would have a tough time with the likes of Sanford, Russell, and Frederic St. Denis all injured and now have to account for a unknown duration with Nigel Dawes and Aaron Palushaj called up by the parent team, the Montreal Canadiens. Also out from the services of Gabriel Dumont who was suspended for 10 games and won’t return until April 4.
Andrew Conboy picked up his 5th point in three games when he picked up a rebound from Mathieu Carle’s shot and into the net for his 12th of the year at 14:04. Carle’s assist on the goal moves him into a tie with former Bulldog Andre Benoit as the team’s all-time leading defencemen with 93 points. Conboy had redeemed himself after he was called for a delay of game penalty early in the third period.
With just a couple of seconds remaining, Alexander Avtsin was tripped up on a breakaway towards an empty net and consequently, an automatic goal was awarded to the Russian for his 5th of the season.
With the two points the ‘Dogs sit on the 6th seed with 79 points and a couple of games in hand from the teams above and below them. They are also two points shy of tying for the division lead. Thirteen games remain for the Bulldogs but only 3 games are to be played at the Copps Coliseum.
Next up for the ‘Dogs are the Abbotsford Heat for a weekend two game series starting Friday night.