‘Dogs make it two straight by crunching Syracuse

Syracuse – With two-goal efforts from Yanick Lehoux and Ben Maxwell, the Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Syracuse Crunch 6-2 on Saturday night (Jan. 17) in American Hockey League play. It was Hamilton’s second victory in as many nights.

Maxwell opened the game’s scoring (which he did Friday night) while the Bulldogs were on the power play at 7:44 of the first period. Olivier Latendresse passed to Yannick Weber, who one-timed a shot on Syracuse goaltender Sebastian Dahm. Maxwell proceeded to bang the rebound past Dahm.

Hamilton added to its lead at 11:03. Lehoux poke-checked the puck off the stick of a Syracuse defender and the puck sailed over the right shoulder of a surprised Dahm. The Bulldogs took a 3-0 lead at 10:09 of the middle frame. Ryan Russell grabbed a loose puck at the side of the net before shovelling it underneath Dahm.

The Crunch finally got on the scoreboard two minutes later when Hamilton goaltender Loic Lacasse was caught out of position after stopping a Derek MacKenzie shot. Michael Blunden fired the loose puck into the empty net.

Maxwell restored Hamilton’s three-goal lead at 14:31 of the second period. Following the goal, Dahm was pulled in favour of Ryan Munce.

Steve Kelly added the Crunch’s second goal 36 seconds later. The puck trickled through the legs of Lacasse after Kelly knocked the puck out of mid-air.

Lehoux notched his second goal with three seconds remaining in the period. He fired a shot that bounced past Munce to regain the Bulldogs’ three-goal lead.

Hamilton added its second power-play marker at 6:38 of the final frame. Russell fed a pass over to Ryan White, who slid the puck onto the stick of Mathieu Aubin, who finished off the passing-play when he snapped a shot past Munce.

The two teams go at it again in Syracuse in an afternoon game on Monday (Jan. 19) for a 2 p.m. match-up. Fans can listen to the game on 820 CHAM or at www.hamiltonbulldogs.com