Bulldogs score first two wins in a row beating Crunch 5-3

For the first time this season, the Hamilton Bulldogs have posted back-to-back wins, but not without some anxious moments.

Tonight the ‘Dogs will go for three in a row after Friday night’s 5-3 win over the visiting Syracuse Crunch at Copps Coliseum. Tonight on the Copps ice pad, the 3-7 Houston Aeros lineup for a 7 p.m. faceoff against the Bulldogs who improved to 4-6 in the American Hockey League. One of Houston’s wins is a 2-1 game against the Bulldogs on Oct. 27 in Texas.

Matt D’Agostini had a pair of goals for Hamilton (and a three-point night) while Zack Stortini, Mathieu (with his first AHL goal) and Maxim Lapierre (plus two assists) had the single Bulldogs goals that moved Hamilton into fourth place in the North Division.

Geoff Platt, with two, and Jaroslav Balastik replied for the last place Crunch.

Hamilton had leads of 3-0 and 4-1 before Syracuse, now 2-7-0-1, staged a rally. Down 4-1 in the third period, the Crunch scored two goals in three minutes, the second one on a power play, to pull within a marker of the Bulldogs.

Hamilton took another minor penalty and the Crunch continued to pressure Hamilton but they couldn’t score on Yann Danis. Hamilton had outshot the Crunch 26-18 after two periods but Syracuse reversed the pattern in the final period and outshot Hamilton 18-6.

Hamilton was unable to score on its three man-advantage situations.