Hamilton right wing Matt D’Agostini (pictured) scored on his second attempt in the shootout, which lasted 10 rounds, as the Bulldogs defeated Manitoba by a score of 4-3 at the MTS Centre on Thursday.
It was the second straight night on which the rivals battled past regulation, and left Hamilton alone in second place in the North Division.
Yann Danis stopped 30 of 33 shots in regulation and overtime while also making seven saves in the shootout to backstop Hamilton in the win.
CHICAGO 4, SAN ANTONIO 3
In a wild finish in San Antonio, rookie Brett Sterling added to his league lead in the goal category by recording his second hat trick of the season as Chicago downed the Rampage by a score of 4-3.
The game was tied at 1-1 with less than six minutes to play before the teams combined to score five times in the last 5:36, including two goals by Sterling in the final 51 seconds of the game. Sterling leads the AHL with 29 goals in 28 games played, including eight in his last four outings.
Sterling’s second goal of the game came on a power play with 51 seconds remaining and put Chicago back on top, 3-2. But with David LeNeveu pulled for an extra attacker, Tyler Redenbach chipped in the tying goal at 19:32.
The game once again appeared headed for overtime before Sterling drilled home a shot far-side past LeNeveu with only 10 seconds left.
Darren Haydar extended his scoring streak to 30 games, recording a pair of assists. Haydar, who leads the league with 61 points (18g, 43a), is one game shy of tying the AHL record for most consecutive games with a point.