The Hamilton Bulldogs pounded the Houston Aeros by a score of 7-1 at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton, in a rematch of the 2003 Calder Cup Finals.
Seven different players scored the goals the Bulldogs, who drove Houston starting goaltender Josh Harding out of the game with 10:55 remaining in he third period. Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Francis Lemieux, Maxim Lapierre and Corey Locke each posted a goal and an assist for the Bulldogs.
Bulldogs goaltender Yann Danis stopped 16 of 17 Aero shots in the win, his fourth of the season.
Roman Voloshenko had his team leading 17th goal of the season, scoring the lone goal for Houston.
Even with the loss, the Aeros (18-8-1-1, 38 pts.) still remain in first place in the West Division, while the Bulldogs (10-17-0-2, 22 pts.) remain in last in the North Division.
The 2003 Calder Cup was won by the Houston Aeros in an epic series which ended in a dramatic game seven at Copps Coliseum.
Elsewhere on Saturday:
The Milwaukee Admirals scored three goals in a 4:17 span to give the Ads all the offensive production they would need in a 5-2 victory over the Peoria Rivermen… Karl Goehring stopped 23 of 24 shots to lead the San Antonio Rampage over the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights by a score of 3-1… The Hershey Bears defeated the Bridgeport Sound Tigers by a score of 5-2 with help from Graham Mink‘s team-leading 16th goal of the season… Dan Cavanaugh, Tony Voce and John Slaney each had shootout goals to assist in a 3-2 Phantoms victory over the Hartford Wolf Pack at the Hartford Civic Center… Jonathan Sigalet and Eric Healey had the Bruins goals and Tim Thomas made 24 saves as Provicence defeated the Albany River Rats 2-1… Led by two goals and an assist by Rico Fata, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins got back on the winning track with a 7-1 victory over the Manitoba Moose after losing their first game in regulation on Friday… Springfield’s Jason Jaspers and Ryan Craig each had two goals and two assists to help give the Falcons a 5-4 victory over the Manchester Monarchs… Iowa goaltender Mike Smith had 40 saves as the Stars beat the Chicago Wolves 3-2 in a shootout… The Rochester Americans scored five unanswered goals on their way to a 6-2 victory over the Binghamton Senators… Toronto’s Bates Battaglia had two goals for the Marlies helping the Marlies to a 4-1 victory over the Syracuse Crunch… The Portland Pirates defeated the Lowell Lock Monsters in a shootout by a final score of 4-3, as Corey Perry had two goals in the shootout for the Pirates… Nolan Schaefer stopped 29 shots for the Cleveland Barons enroute to a 4-2 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins.