Hamilton Bulldogs fall 4-1 to San Antonio Rampage
Hamilton loses 7th of last 9 in the American Hockey League
Solid goaltending from Jacob Markstrom helped the San Antonio Rampage beat the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-1 Monday in the American Hockey League.
Markstrom made 30 saves and Colby Robak, Drew Shor, Dylan Olsen and Vincent Trocheck scored for the Rampage (22-21-8).
Patrick Holland had the lone goal for the Bulldogs (22-23-5), who have lost seven of their last nine games. Robert Mayer stopped 26 shots in the losing effort.
San Antonio opened on a power play as Robak took a pass from Greg Rallo and released a high, heavy shot over Mayer's shoulder at 9:16 of the first period.
The Bulldogs used the forecheck to score the tying goal at 18:48 as Martin St. Pierre flicked a centring pass in front that clipped the skate of Holland as he skated through the slot and slid past Markstrom.
But it took less than a minute for the Rampage to break the deadlock in the second period on an odd-man rush with Rallo shooting and Shore swatting in the rebound just 23 seconds into the period.
Less than two minutes later, San Antonio doubled its lead when Olsen's wrist shot caught Mayer by surprise and beat him through the five hole at 2:01.
Hamilton head coach Sylvain Lefebvre called a time out to settle his group.
Hamilton had a chance to cut the deficit 10 minutes into the period when Christian Thomas stole the puck in the low slot and snapped a wrist shot over Markstrom's crossbar.
Trocheck put the game away when he scored into the empty net at 18:24. Hamilton's power play was shut out for the second straight game, as the Bulldogs went 0-4 with the man advantage. San Antonio was 1-1.