WINNIPEG - A meeting with his head coach proved to be a potent tonic for Duncan Milroy.
Duncan Milroy scored the tying goal at 19:08 of the third period and followed with the shootout winner to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 win over the Manitoba Moose Friday in American Hockey League action
Daniel Corso also scored in the shootout for Hamilton, while Bulldogs goaltender Carey Price was perfect against four Moose shooters.
Zack Fitzgerald for Manitoba in regulation.
Milroy tied the game when he surprised Schneider with a quick wrist shot from a sharp angle and beat him between the pads to send the game into overtime. Price was already on his way to the bench in favour of a sixth attacker when Milroy scored.
Bulldogs coach Don Lever was pleased to see Millroy emerge from a scoring slump.
"He's been through a bit of a rut, but not for lack of effort," Lever said. "He's a smart two-way hockey player, but he stopped shooting the puck. I had a meeting with him this morning and I told him it took me seven or eight scoring chances to score goals."
The teams played a scoreless and lacklustre first period in which the Bulldogs outshot the Moose 11 to 6.
Despite being outshot 16-6 in the second period, the Moose opened the scoring at 19:56 when Colby Genoway sent a pass from the right corner to defenceman Fitzgerald who whacked the rolling puck high over Price's outstretched glove.
Manitoba goaltender Cory Schneider was spectacular at times in the middle frame, especially when the Bulldogs had a four-on-three advantage and Moose defender Mike Keane had lost his stick. A save on Corso's point-blank shot was the key stop of the barrage.
Schneider came within 52 seconds of earning his first pro shutout.
"A bad hop off the backboard and the puck squirts out and that after all the saves I made tonight," he said. "I think I read the play, but my plan was to go down and he was a little too quick and I didn't get down in time. The extra step I took to cut down the angle cost me."
At the 8:59 mark of the third, Manitoba's Rick Rypien took exception to a hit from behind by Hamilton's Greg Stewart and the two traded punches for more than a minute.
Manitoba's defence tightened up in the third period allowing the visitors only three shots. The top line of centre Brad Moran, and wingers Alexandre Bolduc and Colby Genoway were prominent in helping protect Schneider.
Schneider felt his team's stifling defensive play in the third gave him a chance to do well.
"There was a big difference in the third when Hamilton managed only three shots." he said.
Price was similarly impressed with his club's defensive play.
"They played really well," he said. "You gotta give them credit, they're blocking shots for me and they're keeping everything away from me. We did a good job of keeping them out of our end for the most part."