Big Ben rings for Bulldogs

The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the San Antonio Rampage 6-1 on Tuesday night (March 24) at Copps Coliseum. Ben Maxwell recorded a hat-trick in the win while a returning Max Pacioretty scored a goal and added two assists.

Hamilton scored the opening goal of the game at 7:40 of the first frame. Pacioretty sent a pass to Maxwell, who was stationed in the slot. Maxwell released a shot that fluttered past San Antonio goaltender Karl Goehring. Shawn Belle also earned an assist on the goal.

Maxwell added his second goal while on the power play at 5:09 of the middle frame. Mike Glumac fired a shot on net which was saved by Goehring. The puck popped out from under Goehring’s glove and onto the stick of Maxwell, who banged the puck into the net. The Bulldogs took a 3-0 lead at 8:43. Yannick Weber sprung Ryan Russell on a breakaway. Russell used a forehand-to-backhand move before beating Goehring.

San Antonio got on the scoreboard at 11:38 of the period with a power-play marker. Joel Perrault sent a pass to David Spina, who slid the puck to Brett MacLean who jammed the puck past Hamilton goaltender Marc Denis.

Maxwell scored his hat-trick goal at 14:00 of the middle frame to give the Bulldogs a 4-1 lead. Yanick Lehoux and Maxwell raced down the ice on a two-on-one. Lehoux fed a pass onto the stick of Maxwell, who one-timed the shot past Goehring. The hat-trick was Hamilton’s first since Nov. 16, when Russell scored three markers.

The ‘Dogs increased their lead to 5-1 at 9:47 of the final frame. Dan Jancevski received the puck from Brock Trotter before sliding as pass to Pacioretty, who tapped the puck behind Goehring. Jancevski earned his second assist of the game and 85th point as a Bulldog. He now is the all-time leader in points by a Bulldogs defenceman with 14 goals and 71 assists. Hamilton took a 6-1 lead at 11:37. Russell skated down the left side before firing a shot on net. J.T. Wyman tipped the puck past Goehring for the goal.

Hamilton was outshot 42-28.

The Bulldogs travel to Manitoba to battle the Moose for a game at 8:30 p.m. EST on Friday. Fans can listen to the game on TALK 820 or they listen or watch at by clicking on the ‘AHL Live’ or ‘TALK 820’ icons on the Bulldogs website. All regular-season radio and online broadcasts will begin with a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to each scheduled game-time.