Bulldogs rule Barons in getting third straight win

Hamilton goaltender Robert Mayer made 35 saves and Andreas Engqvist extended his career-long point streak to eight games, scoring two goals, to lead the franchise to its 599th American Hockey League win as the Bulldogs defeated the Oklahoma City Barons 3-1.

The Sunday (Jan. 8) win was Hamilton third straight and fourth in five games and left them in third place in the AHL’s North Division. The Bulldogs, with their’ 16th win of the season, have 37 points, two back of second place Rochester Americans and one more than fourth place Grand Rapids Griffins.

Engqvist scored back-to-back goals, the first coming just 61 seconds into the game at Copps Coliseum. His second tally, which gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 cushion, came at 18.23 of the middle frame while Hamilton was on a power play.

Oklahoma City halved the margin at 17.40 of the final period when Lennart Petrell scored his first goal of the season.

Gabriel Dumont’s sixth marker of the season was scored into a net vacated for an extra attacker and cemented the Hamilton victory.

Aaron Palushaj had a two-point night for Hamilton, assisting on both Engqvist goals. Hamilton netminder Robert Mayer, who was tested 36 times, also picked up an assist on Dumont’s goal. Mayer faced only three shots in the first period.

Hamilton fired 29 shots on Oklahoma City netminder David LeNeveu.

Attendance was 3,820.

The Bulldogs’ next game will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13 against the Adirondack Phantoms at the Glenn Falls Civic Center. All Hamilton Bulldogs games can be heard live on AM 820 CHAM or on www.hamiltonbulldogs.com, or seen live on www.ahllive.com beginning with the Pioneer Pre-Game Show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.