Former Admirals captain Alex Henry was the hero Wednesday night in Hamilton, as he scored with 3.5 seconds left in overtime, to give the Bulldogs the 5-4 win over the Admirals.
After the Bulldogs had killed off a penalty in overtime, they were able to make one more rush into the offensive zone. After an Admiral backchecker knocked the puck free, it came right to Henry, who’s shot may or may not have crossed the goal line.
“(The referees) didn’t come over and talk at all, they just skated off the ice, and I don’t even know if they saw it or not. Just believed the goal judge…the light’s on,” assistant coach Ian Herbers told Aaron Sims after the game. “The officiating supervisor was down here today, and he wasn’t sure either. And from our video you can’t tell. The point of contention is they had five guys on the ice. A pretty liberal change. So that’s the sticky part for us on that goal.”
It was Henry’s first of the year, and it put the Bulldogs in first place in their division.
The score was Nigel Dawes 3, Admirals 0 before the game was 22 minutes old, as Dawes had the natural hat-trick, and scored in his eighth straight game. Turnovers and failures to block passes helped contribute to those goals, and Mark Dekanich was relieved after the 3rd one.
But the Admirals battled back and tied the game before the second period was over. Teemu Laakso snuck in the back door and converted a Chris Mueller pass past trading-chip Drew MacIntyre. 1:55 later, Scott Ford had a blast from the right circle. And then on the power play, Andreas Thuresson crashed the net after a Chris Mueller shot, and scored his 9th of the year.
The Bulldogs regained their lead 6:59 into the 3rd when Dany Masse put back a shot after a Jeremy Smith pad save.
But another power play goal evened the score again, as Gabriel Bourque continued HIS hot streak, scoring on a backhander down low. It was Bourque’s 3rd goal since last Wednesday, and 6th point since last Tuesday.
Tough to get a read on how the new guys are doing. Brock McBride didn’t record any stats that showed up into the box score. Connor Shields had a couple of shots on goal. But Aaron was complimentary of our new #52, defenseman Patrick Coulombe. And Coach Herbers liked his game tonight too.
“I thought he struggled a little bit with Toronto just handling weight down in our corners in the d zone…Hamilton is a little bit speedier team with smaller forwards, and I thought he did well against them, because he can skate and is a very smart player. He moves the puck crisp, he was hard on pucks, got to loose pucks in a hurry, didn’t shy away from any battle. Got his nose in there, got dirty in the corners and along walls, and battled and won battles. And that’s what he needs to do. I thought he was very good tonight, and was confident playing him out there tonight.”
With the OT loss and Houston’s 8-1 romp over Rockford, the Admirals are still in first place, with 79 points in 61 games. Followed by Houston in second with 77 points in 64 games.
Travel day Thursday, and then they’ve got a game in Rosemont on Friday night. With MacIntyre now in Hamilton and Peter Mannino in Atlanta, that leaves one goalie on the roster right now for the Wolves: his name is Chris Carrozzi. He made his AHL debut on Tuesday, stopping 21 of 27 shots in a 6-5 overtime loss to Peoria.