Syracuse crunches the numbers in blanking ’Dogs

Hamilton Bulldogs lost an opportunity to give themselves some space from their highway rivals, the Toronto Marlies, when they dropped a 3-0 game to the visiting Syracuse Crunch on Wednesday (Nov. 7).

Hamilton is in fourth place in the American Hockey League’s North Division with 10 points while Toronto is fifth – and last – with seven points, although the Marlies have a game in hand.

On Wednesday, Riku Helenius stopped 23 shots for the shutout and Dmitry Korobov scored the game-winner.

After a scoreless first period, Syracuse hit pay dirt at 6:01 of the second frame on Korobov’s goal. His shot from the left circle deflected off a defender and past goaltender Robert Mayer.

The Crunch added their second counter at 15:40 of the period on a goal by J.T. Wyman.

Richard Panik added the empty netter for the Crunch at 18:14 of the third period. Syracuse finished with 33 shots on goal.

The Bulldogs’ next game is Friday (Nov. 9) at 7:30 p.m. against Syracuse at the Bell Centre in Montreal. The game will air on TVA Sports.