’Dogs hold on to down Griffins

The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins, 2-1, at Copps Coliseum in American Hockey League play on Saturday (Nov. 13.)

Max Pacioretty scored the game-winning goal while Curtis Sanford stopped 22 of 23 shots for the win during the Bulldogs Salute the Troops night.

The Bulldogs opened the game’s scoring at 7:41 of the first period. David Desharnais raced down the left side of the ice before dishing a pass across the crease to Aaron Palushaj, who tapped the puck past goaltender Thomas McCollum.

Hamilton increased the lead at 17:56 of the second stanza. Max Pacioretty hopped off the bench before grabbing a loose puck along the left side boards. He ripped a shot that bounced off the stick of a defender before beating McCollum over the glove.

The Griffins got their only goal of the game at 18:33 of the final frame. Tomas Tatar sent the puck back to Logan Pyett, who was positioned on the point. Pyett blasted a shot that sailed through traffic and past Sanford.

A crowd of 3,525 took in the game.

The ‘Dogs will host the Griffins for their second game of a two-game back-to-back series at Copps Coliseum on Sunday (Nov. 14) at 4 p.m.