Desjardins hot hand freezes IceCaps

St. John’s, NL – Cédrick Desjardins is just perfect for the Bulldogs.

The Hamilton netminder won his second American Hockey League game in his second start this season on Wednesday, giving the Bulldogs a 2-1 win over the St. John’s IceCaps at Mile One Centre. Desjardins stopped 29 of 30 shots while Steve Quailer notched the game-winner with 24 seconds left in the game.

The win avenged the IceCaps 3-1 win on Tuesday night at Mile One Centre.

The IceCaps opened the scoring at 19:50 of the first period on a goal by Carl Klingberg. After receiving the puck from ex-Bulldog Ben Maxwell, Klingberg snapped a shot under the crossbar to beat Desjardins.

The Bulldogs tied the game at 12:39 of the second stanza on Mike Blunden’s third goal of the season. Brendan Gallagher danced into the St. John’s zone and out-waited the IceCaps defenceman, then centred a feed to Blunden who batted the puck past goalie Mark Dekanich.

That set the stage Quailer’s second goal of the season. Morgan Ellis’s shot missed the net and the puck bounced off the glass and out to Quailer who tapped it behind Dekanich.

The Bulldogs’ next game is Sunday (Nov. 25) against the visiting Lake Erie Monsters at Copps Coliseum at 4 p.m.

Scoring summary

1st Period:
1. STJ – Carl Klingberg (3) – (Ben Maxwell, Paul Postma) – 19:50

2nd Period:
2. HAM – Mike Blunden (3) – (Brendan Gallagher) – 12:39
3. HAM – Steve Quailer (2) – (Morgan Ellis, Nathan Beaulieu) – 19:36

3rd period:
No Scoring

St. John’s: 8-9-13—30
Hamilton: 2-15-8—25

Power Play:
St. John’s: 0-for-5
Hamilton: 0-for-2

Attendance: 6,287