Zack’s zaps Knights in Bulldogs 6-1 AHL win

He’s turning into a scoring machine.

Zack Stortini, whose American Hockey League goal production in 86 regular and playoffs games with Iowa, Milwaukee, and Toronto totalled four has been blown out of the water after just 12 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Zack Stortini scores one of six goals for Bulldogs. (Photo: Ron Bernardo)
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The two goals the 21-year-old centre scored Friday night in guiding the Bulldogs to a 6-1 route of the Omaha AK-SAR-BEN Knights, were his fifth and sixth in the 12 games he has played for Hamilton.

The native of Elliott Lake and graduate of the Ontario Hockey League’s Sudbury Wolves, put Hamilton back into the game after the Knights had taken a 1-0 lead only 55 seconds into the second period. Stortini would pull Hamilton even about 11 minutes later.

Stortini’s second marker, which would stand as the winner, came three minutes later on the powerplay for the third-round draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers.

The six tallies for Stortini gives him the team lead in that department and now he is looking for his first assist of the season.

Maxim Lapierre, who continues to impress, registered his fifth of the season 51 seconds into the final frame as Hamilton put forth perhaps its best three periods of hockey this season at Copps Coliseum to the delight of more than 4,500 onlookers.

Duncan Milroy( fifth), Jonathan Ferland (third) and Corey Locke (fifth), would complete the Bulldogs scoring.

Milroy and Ferland scored 30 seconds apart in the final period.

Matt D’Agostini and Andrei Kostitsyn each had two-assist nights.

Hamilton fired 36 shots on Knights goalkeeper Curtis McElhinney while Jaroslav Halak successfully stopped 19 of the 20 pucks which came his way.

The same two teams meet on Tuesday at Copps for a 7.30 game.
The game also saw the return of Bulldogs defenseman Jean-Philippe Cote who had been nursing an injury.

The win improved Hamilton’s record to 5-6-0-1 and left them with 11 points and in fourth place. Toronto Marlies also have 11 points but have played one game more. The Bulldogs and Marlies play Saturday afternoon in Toronto. The Knights beat the Marlies earlier this week.