CLEVELAND, OH – It was another battle against goaltender Gerald Coleman as the Hamilton Bulldogs fell 3-1 to the Lake Erie Monsters.
Lake Erie took a 1-0 lead when Joel Chouinard’s shot deflected off Mike Carman and past Hamilton goaltender Nathan Lawson with less than 3 minutes left to play in the first period. The Bulldogs doubled the Monsters in shots for most of the period, leading 12-9 after 20 minutes.
At 5:03 in the second period, Brian Willsie tied the game at 1 on a 2-on-1 play, with Louis Leblanc recording an assist on the goal. But the Monsters would take it right back when Patrick Rissmiller’s 6:54 shot trickled between Lawson’s pads and past the goal line to make it 2-1.
The Monsters added an empty net goal with 17 seconds left in the game to cement their 3-1 victory over the ‘Dogs. Hamilton outshot Lake Erie 29-26 in the game.
The Bulldogs are now on an All-Star Classic break and will return to the ice at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 3rd, 2012 when they visit the Grand Rapid Griffins for the first of two back-to-back away games at Van Andel Arena. All Hamilton Bulldogs games can be heard live on AM 820 CHAM or on hamiltonbulldogs.com, or seen live on ahllive.com beginning with the Pioneer Pre-Game Show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
* courtesy Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club