Bulldogs trim IceCaps 4-3
Photo: Brandon Taylor
St. John’s fires 40-plus shots in second consecutive loss
Ray Sawada fired his 10th goal of the season and added an assist but it wasn’t enough as the St. John’s IceCaps fell 4-3 to the Hamilton Bulldogs Tuesday night at Hamilton’s Copps Coliseum.
Defenceman Nathan Beaulieu collected a pair of goals to pace the Bulldogs and was the game’s first star.
Stefan Chaput opened the scoring for the Bulldogs with a powerplay marker at the 13:06 mark of the first period. Jason Gregoire put St. John’s on the board at 2:58 of the second stanza, converting a wrap-around, with helpers going to Sawada and Ben Maxwell.
Goals by Joe Stejskal and Beaulieu put Hamilton up 3-1 in the second but 56 seconds after Beaulieu’s marker, St. John’s responded with a goal by Aaron Gagnon on a goal-mouth scramble. Derek Meech and Carl Klingberg picked up assists on Gagnon’s second of the season at 17:03.
Beaulieu made it 4-2 Bulldogs in the third before Sawada responded at 7:35 from Meech and Jason Jaffray on the powerplay. St. John’s outshot Hamilton 13-4 in the third period, and 42-29 overall, but could not get the equalizer.
The IceCaps start a six-game homestand Friday against the Manchester Monarchs. Catch all the action with broadcaster Brian Rogers at stjohnsicecaps.com and on 930 AM This Is Newfoundland Labrador, or watch online at ahllive.com. The pre-game show starts at 7 p.m., with puck drop at 7:30 (Newfoundland time). Friday’s contest can also be seen live on Rogers TV.
Notes: Ray Sawada fired eight shots at the Hamilton goal…Travis Ramsay did not figure in the scoring but led the IceCaps with a plus-2 rating…Right winger Norm Ezekiel made his debut with the IceCaps, wearing number nine… The IceCaps converted on one of five powerplay opportunities while the Bulldogs went one for six.