The first period brought no scoring but did entertain with two fights. First, Zack Stortini took on Nick Tarnasky in a spirited bout, both exchanging blows and Stortini ending the fight with the takedown. Both men had bloodied knuckles and Stortini's nose was dripping with blood. In the second fight, Darryl Boyce took on Brayden McNabb. The fight was mostly a dance with a lot of clutching and quick jabs, but neither of the two could register a big blow. Referees separated the two after a missed haymaker by McNabb.
In the second period, it was all Rochester. Leading in shots 10-8, it was Brian Flynn who scored not once, but twice, giving the Americans a 2-0 lead. The first goal came just shortly after Mike Blunden's tripping penalty had expired while Flynn's second goal was scored on a weird bounce that beat Bulldog's netminder five-hole.
The third period was a complete turn of the table, as Hamilton took it to Rochester. I don't know whether coach Sylvain Lefebvre's second period speech motivated the team or if this was the team's plan all along, but something changed. Suddenly, the Bulldogs looked like an NHL caliber team and they took it to Rochester. Out-shooting Rochester 11-5, Blake Geffrion opened the Bulldogs' scoring, beating Rochester netminder Connor Knapp to bring Hamilton within one. Gallagher tied the game at the 12 minute mark with his third of the season, beating Knapp gloveside. Mike Blunden gave the Bulldogs' their first lead of the game after tipping a Nathan Beaulieu shot from the point. Geoffrion added his second of the game when he streaked into the Rochester end and took two shots to beat Knapp. Tarnasky brought the Americans to within one after scoring a funny looking goal after a defensive breakdown from the Bulldogs' Beaulieu/St-Denis pairing but that was as close as they would get.
With the 4-3 win, the Bulldogs improve their record to 4-2-2. Their next game will take place on Wednesday, November 7th, when they take on the Syracuse Crunch.