The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Texas Stars, 2-1, on Saturday night (Feb. 9) at Copps Coliseum. Greg Pateryn scored the game-winner late in the third period and Robert Mayer stopped 36 shots for the American Hockey League victory during the team’s annual Pink in the Rink night.
The first frame ended scoreless as the Stars outshot the Bulldogs 15-6.
The Stars opened the scoring at 4:41 of the second stanza on a tally by Luke Gazdic. Taylor Vause took a shot from the slot which was stopped by Mayer and Gazdic poked the loose puck from under Mayer and into the back of the net.
The Bulldogs tied the score about 10 minutes later on a very rare goal. Stars goaltender Jack Campbell had vacated his net and was on the bench in favour of an extra attacker during a delayed penalty call. A Texas defenceman inadvertently shot the puck into the empty net. Jason DeSantis was credited with the goal, his fourth of the season.
Hamilton broke the tie with just under four minutes left in the game. It was Pateryn’s second goal of the season and second in three games. Louis Leblanc had put a shot on Campbell and the rebound came out to Pateryn who sent it into the net.
The Stars outshot the Bulldogs, 37-22.
The Bulldogs’ next game is against the Toronto Marlies for the final time this season at Copps Coliseum on Tuesday (Feb.12) 7:30 p.m.
1. TEX – Luke Gazdic (2) – (Taylor Vause, Toby Petersen) – 4:41
2. HAM – Jason DeSantis (4) – 14:32 (EN, SH)
3. HAM – Greg Pateryn (2) – (Louis Leblanc) – 16:28