Win lifts Bulldogs into first place

Max Pacioretty recorded a goal and an assist while Curtis Sanford made his season debut posting 19 saves on 20 shots in the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-1 win over the visiting Manitoba Moose on Tuesday night (Nov. 2).

The Bulldogs opened the American Hockey League’s game’s scoring at 17:43 of the first frame with a power-play marker. Aaron Palushaj received the puck from Frederic St. Denis before centering a pass to Pacioretty who snapped a shot past goaltender Eddie Lack.

The Moose tied the game 1-1 at 7:21 of the second stanza. Sergei Shirokov carried the puck into the right corner of the ’Dogs zone at Copps Coliseum before dishing a pass to Cody Hodgson, who one-timed a shot past Sanford.

Mathieu Carle regained the lead for the ’Dogs when he scored at 1:10 of the final frame. The puck rolled off the stick of David Desharnais and over to Carle, who blasted a shot from the point. The puck sailed over the glove of Lack and into the top of the net. Palushaj added an empty net goal at 19:58 to seal the win for Hamilton.

Hamilton outshot their guests, 29-20 before 2,468 onlookers. It was Hamilton’s fifth win of the season and they top the Western Conference’s North Division with 13 points, the same totals Rochester and Abbotsford show. Hamilton, however, has two games in hand over Rochester and three over Abbotsford.

The ’Dogs host the Moose for their second game of a two-game back-to-back series on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Copps.