The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Binghamton Senators 5-2 in front of 13,267 fans at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Aaron Palushaj recorded two assists while Yannick Weber scored the game-winning goal in the third period to lead Hamilton to the American Hockey League victory. It was the first of two games Hamilton plays this season at the home of the parent National Hockey League Montreal Canadiens.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring at 11:45 of the first period. Palushaj dished the puck to Mathieu Carle, who was positioned on the point. Carle’s shot sailed through traffic and past goaltender Robin Lehner.
The ‘Dogs allowed the B-Sens a single shot in the first period, tying the franchise record for fewest shots allowed in a period.
The Senators tied the game at 3:54 of the second stanza. Erik Condra grabbed a loose puck along the left side boards before backhanding a pass to Jim O’Brien, who was stationed in front of the net. O’Brien one-timed a shot past goaltender Curtis Sanford.
Ryan White regained the lead for the ‘Dogs at 6:54 of the middle frame. Ben Maxwell and White skated into the Binghamton zone on a two-on-one. Maxwell fired a shot that was stopped by Lehner but the rebound found the stick of White who flipped a shot over the glove of a sprawled Lehner.
Binghamton tied the game at 1:25 of the final period with a power-play marker. Bobby Butler fired a shot on net that was stopped by Sanford. The rebound was scooped up by Andre Benoit, who snapped a shot past Sanford. Hamilton made the game 3-2 at 12:28 of the third period. Palushaj sent a pass back to the point, where Weber was positioned. Weber released a slapshot that beat Lehner. Andreas Engqvist and David Desharnais added empty net goals in the final minute of the game to seal the win for the Bulldogs.
The ‘Dogs will next take to the ice on Wednesday, Nov. 10 for a 10:45 a.m. game in Cleveland against the Lake Erie Monsters. All regular season Hamilton Bulldogs broadcasts on AM 820 CHAM will begin with a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.