Bulldogs get Maxim-effort to sink Admirals in AHL play

Maxim Lapierre’s first career American Hockey League hat trick sparked the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 6-1 victory over the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday at Copps Coliseum. With the win, Hamilton’s record improves to 10-8-0-1 on the season.

Maxim Lapierre turns away after scoring one of his three goals against the Admirals. (Photo: Ron Bernardo)

Lapierre needed only 41 seconds to stake the Bulldogs to a 1-0 first period lead. He finished off a 2-on-1 passing play with Matt D’Agostini for his sixth goal of the season.

Jonathan Ferland’s pass from behind the goal deflected off a Milwaukee defender and past goaltender Frederic Cloutier to put the ‘Dogs up 2-0 at the midway mark of the opening 20 minutes on a power play. It was Ferland’s sixth goal of the season.

Milwaukee cut the lead in half with just 1:20 left in the first period when Pat Leahy scored his sixth goal of the season.

The Bulldogs restored their two-goal lead at 3-1 when Andrei Kostitsyn notched his third goal of the season at 8:52 of the middle stanza.

Lapierre scored his second goal of the game at 9:24 of the second period and Hamilton was in front 4-1.

Duncan Milroy scored Hamilton’s fifth goal at 17:28 of the second period. Mikhail Grabovski notched his second assist of the night on Milroy’s team-leading 10th goal of the season while on a five-minute power play.

Lapierre completed his trio of goals with only 48 seconds left in the middle frame on the same power play. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak and Ryan O’Byrne picked up assists on Lapierre’s eighth goal of the season, giving Hamilton points from 11 different players.

Hamilton’s Zack Stortini, who has seven goals, picked up his first two-assists of the campaign.

The two teams play again Tuesday (Nov. 28) at 7:30 p.m. at Copps.