’Dogs put the squeeze on Crunch

Two goals from Aaron Palushaj carried the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 5-2 win over the visiting Syracuse Crunch on Friday (Jan. 6) at Copps Coliseum.

Also scoring for the Bulldogs in the American Hockey League contest were Louis Leblanc, Brian Willsie, and Alexander Avtsin. Garret Stafford and Andreas Engqvist each had a pair of assists for the Bulldogs while Palushaj had a helper to go with his two markers. Palushaj and Willsie scored on power plays. Avtsin’s goal was into an empty net when the Crunch pulled netminder Ilro Tarkki with less than a minute remaining in the game.

Scoring for the Crunch were Rick Schofield and Patrick Maroon.

The win was Hamilton’s 14th of the season and left them in fourth place in the Western Conference’s North Division, one point back of third place Lake Erie Monsters.

Hamilton carried a 3-0 cushion into the final period before Syracuse got on the scoreboard.

Hamilton split goaltending duties between Robert Mayer and Nathan Lawson. Lawson faced 31 shots and Mayer 8. Hamilton tested Tarkki 38 times.

A crowd of 4,609 took in the game.

Hamilton resumes play on Saturday (Jan. 7) at 3 p.m. when they visit the Marlies in Toronto.