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10-23-2003, 04:16 AM
Join Date: Aug 2002
BULLDOGS 2 MANITOBA 1
WINNIPEG - Goaltender Eric Fichaud stopped 25 of the 26 shots he faced on Wednesday night, leading the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 2-1 victory over the Manitoba Moose at the Winnipeg Arena. The Bulldogs record through six games now stands at two wins, three losses and one overtime loss.
The Bulldogs opened the game with a very strong first period as they jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Moose. Defenceman Karl Dykhuis scored his first Bulldogs goal with a floating shot that went over the shoulder of Moose goaltender Alex Auld. Then Tomas Plekanec finished a tic-tac-toe passing play for Hamilton's second goal of the period.
There was no scoring between the Bulldogs and Moose in the second period.
Manitoba forward Fedor Fedorov snapped the Bulldogs shutout bid at the 13:36 mark of the third period as he scored an unassisted goal from the drop of the puck at the face-off circle. Hamilton held onto the 2-1 lead to the rest of the way to earn the victory.
In goal, Hamilton goaltender Eric Fichaud earned his first win of the season. Moose goaltender Alex Auld stopped 25 shots in Manitoba's loss.
On special teams the Bulldogs were one for seven with the man-advantage, while Manitoba went scoreless on six power play opportunities.
The Bulldogs will return to action on Friday night, as they once again will take on the Manitoba Moose at the Winnipeg Arena. Bulldogs fans can listen to Derek Wills call all the action, beginning with the pre-game show at 8:20 p.m. on Hamilton's 820 CHAM.
The Hamilton Bulldogs next home action will take place on Sunday, October 26th at 4:00 p.m. as the Bulldogs host the Grand Rapids Griffins (affiliate of Detroit Red Wings) at Copps Coliseum.
1.HAM - Karl Dykhuis-1 (unassisted) - 2:57
2.HAM - Tomas Plekanec-3 (Karl Dykhuis, Pierre Dagenais) - 10:22 (pp)
3.MTB - Fedor Fedorov-6 (Ryan Kesler) - 13:36
Hamilton: Eric Fichaud (26 shots, 25 saves)
Manitoba: Alex Auld (27 shots, 25 saves)
Hamilton: 1 for 7
Manitoba: 0 for 6
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