Bulldogs tuneup for AHL Outdoor Classic with win

Aaron Palushaj and Dany Masse recorded one goal and one assist each to lead the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 4-2 win over the Milwaukee Admirals in an American Hockey League on Wednesday (Jan. 18)

It took 21 minutes and four seconds before either team scored and it was the Bulldogs who took the first lead when Brian Willsie’s power play point shot sailed past goaltender Jeremy Smith.

Five minutes later, a cross-crease pass by Kyle Wilson led to a goal by Chris Mueller to tie the game at a goal apiece. Masse restored Hamilton’s lead at 14:49 and slightly more than two minutes later, Palushaj scored his 12th of the season, assisted by Andreas Engqvist and Zack FitzGerald, to make it 3-1 Bulldogs.

At the end of the second period, Hamilton led Milwaukee 21-16 in shots on goal.

Four minutes into the third period, Gabriel Dumont scored his seventh of the season with Ian Schultz getting his second assist on the night. Masse had the other helper to give the Bulldogs a 4-1 lead.

Mueller got his second goal of the night at 13:11 when he beat goalie Robert Mayer.

Hamilton outshot the Admirals 27-23 before 2,235 spectators.

The Bulldogs will take to the ice at Ivor Wynne Stadium for their next game on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. when they face the Toronto Marlies for the 2012 AHL Outdoor Classic presented by Molson and Boston Pizza.