Power play goals lead Crunch over Bulldogs

The Hamilton Bulldogs were defeated by the Syracuse Crunch 3-2 on Sunday afternoon in American Hockey League play.

The Bulldogs had 45 shots on net but were only able to beat Timo Pielmeier twice as the goaltender made 43 saves to win the game for Syracuse. The loss snapped Hamilton’s three-game win streak and six-game point streak.

The Crunch scored first, at 11:28 of the first frame, with a power-play marker. Matt Beleskey received the puck from Trevor Smith while positioned in the right corner. Beleskey faked a pass before firing a shot on net to beat goaltender Robert Mayer.

Syracuse took a 2-0 lead at 10:30 of the second stanza, again on a power play. Mark Mitera sent a pass to Josh Green, who carried the puck into the Bulldogs zone. Green snapped a shot from the right faceoff circle and scored.

Hamilton made the game 2-1 at 14:43 of the period. Max Pacioretty fired a shot on net that was stopped by Pielmeier. The goaltender could not control the rebound, which David Desharnais grabbed and backhanded into the net. Pacioretty tied the game two minutes later while on a 5-on-3 power play. Desharnais received the puck from Frederic St. Denis before centering a pass to Pacioretty, who tapped the puck past Pielmeier.

The Crunch regained the lead at 12:11 of the final frame with a power-play goal. Smith passed the puck to Beleskey, who released a shot towards the net. Joffrey Lupul proceeded to whack the loose puck past Mayer.

The attendance was 3,483.

The Bulldogs return to Copps Coliseum for a game on Wednesday (Dec. 1) at 7 p.m. against the Abbotsford Heat. 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.