The St. John’s IceCaps defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 6-2 on Saturday night in their first ever victory on home ice at Mile One Centre. Carl Klingberg recorded a hat-trick while John Albert added three assists.
The IceCaps opened the scoring at 3:24 of the first period on a goal by Carl Klingberg. John Albert wristed a shot on Hamilton starting goaltender Nathan Lawson who made the initial save. The puck then bounced out to Klingberg who buried the rebound past Lawson.
The Bulldogs evened the score at 15:13 of the opening frame on a tally by Gabriel Dumont. Mike Blunden took a shot on the backhand which was stopped and the rebound slid out to Dumont who wired a wrist shot from the slot which flew past IceCaps starting goaltender Peter Mannino.
St John’s took the lead on another goal by Klingberg which was shorthanded at 2:14 of the second stanza. Patrice Cormier centered the puck which deflected off the skate of Klingberg and bounced in the net past Lawson. The ‘Caps increased their lead at 10:31 of the second period on a goal which came off the faceoff. Spencer Machacek slid the puck toward the net and Riley Holzapfel batted at the puck which then bounced in the net past Lawson.
The ‘Dogs scored their second goal of the game at 17:46 of the middle frame. Alexander Avtsin slid a pass into the slot where Dany Masse roofed a wrist shot into the top shelf of the net over the glove of Mannino.
The IceCaps doubled their lead at 1:51 of the third period on a goal by Jason King. Brett Festerling took a shot from the point which slid right along the ice and was tipped by King in the net past Lawson. St. John’s extended their lead by three on Carl Klingberg’s third goal of the game at 15:28 of the final frame. Klingberg leaned into a wrist shot and whipped the puck into the roof of the net over the right shoulder of Lawson. The ‘Caps then recorded their sixth tally of the game at 17:36 of the third period. The puck was centered by John Albert to Marco Rosa who snapped the shot from the high slot past Lawson.
The Bulldogs will then return home to Copps Coliseum for a game against the Grand Rapids Griffins on Tuesday October 18th at 7:30 P.M. EDT. All regular season Hamilton Bulldogs games can be heard live on AM 820 CHAM beginning with a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.