GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins 5-2 to snap their three-game losing streak.
Chris Chelios was in the line-up for the Griffins but was unable to lead Grand Rapids past the Bulldogs (15-8-1-0) and Cedrick Desjardins, who made 23 saves on 25 shots.
The Griffins (12-6-3-3) opened the scoring 56 seconds into the game while on the power play. Garrett Stafford fired a shot from the point that bounced off the backboards and landed in front of the net. Darren Haydar grabbed the loose puck and buried it past Desjardins.
While on a 5-on-3 power play, the 'Dogs scored at 13:04 of the first period to tie the game 1-1. Yannick Weber blasted a shot that was saved by Grand Rapids starting goalie Jimmy Howard. Kyle Chipchura grabbed the loose rebound before depositing the puck into the back of the net. Mathieu Aubin scored the Bulldogs second goal at 17:40.
The Bulldogs took a 3-1 lead at 4:26 of the second. David Desharnais grabbed a Dan Jancevski rebound and shovelled the puck underneath Howard for his fifth goal of the season.
Grand Rapids cut Hamilton's lead to one goal when Cory Emmerton notched a goal at 11:56 of the second frame. It appeared that Desjardins had covered the puck but the whistle had not blown, and Emmerton continued to jam his stick under Desjardins until the puck crossed the line to make the game 3-2.
The Bulldogs scored their fourth goal and second power-play marker of the game at 17:19 of the middle frame. Yanick Lehoux sent a pass to Ryan White, who snapped a shot over the left shoulder of Howard.
Kyle Chipchura notched his second goal of the game at 10:19 of the third period. Chipchura rifled a shot that sailed past Howard and inside the left post. Ryan Russell and Mathieu Carle also earned assists on the play.