Win moves Bulldogs closer to third place

The Hamilton Bulldogs earned their second American Hockey League win in two games, defeating the Rochester Americans 2-1 on Sunday (Dec. 11) at Copps Coliseum.

Rochester needed just over three minutes of the first period to take a 1-0 lead on the Bulldogs playing their third game in as many days. Travis Turnbull’s shot bounced past goaltender Nathan Lawson after hitting the blocker-side post. It would be the period’s only goal in the penalty-ridden frame while Hamilton had a 13-5 advantage in shots.

The ’Dogs tied the game at 12:42 of the second period when Alexander Avtsin held on to Mitch Wahl’s slot pass and forced Amerks’ goaltender David Leggio to commit to the play. Avtsin then skilfully skated around the goalie to tuck the puck into the net. Wahl’s assist was his first point as a Bulldog.

Mike Blunden would surprise Leggio again 76 seconds later with a shot from the high slot that would stand as the game winner.

Lawson faced 16 shots in the game while Leggio handled 35.

Hamilton was playing without right wing Brian Willsie who was suspended for one game as a consequence of a spearing incident in the Friday’s (Dec. 9) game against the Toronto Marlies.

A crowd of 3,391 took in Sunday’s game.

Hamilton sits in fifth and last place in the AHL’s North Division of the Western Conference but is only two points removed from third place Lake Erie Monsters, the Bulldogs next opponent. The two teams meet on Wednesday (Dec. 14) at 7:30 p.m. at Copps Coliseum.

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