The Hamilton Bulldogs are on a roll.
The American Hockey League team defeated the Houston Aeros 4-2 on Saturday night (Feb. 16) at Copps Coliseum for its fourth-straight victory. Michael Bournival recorded a natural hat trick and Dustin Tokarski stopped 24 shots in his ’Dog debut.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring at 6:01 of the opening frame on a goal by Greg Pateryn. His shot from the right point sailed by goaltender Matt Hackett.
One second shy of two minutes into the second period, the Aeros tied the score when Chad Rau cut in from the right circle and slid the puck past Tokarski.
Houston then took the lead 10 minutes later on a tally by Justin Fontaine. He took a shot from the right boards and the puck eluded Tokarski.
Hamilton tied the score at 4:20 of the third frame on a power-play marker by Bournival, his first of three straight. Alexander Avtsin jammed the puck on net from the edge of the crease and eventually Bournival tucked it into the net.
At 15:58 of the period, Joe Stejskal wired a shot from the right point and it was tipped in front by Bournival to give Hamilton a 3-2 lead.
Bournival completed the natural hattrick at 19:30 of the final stanza as he launched a shot from the defensive zone into the empty net which was also a shorthanded tally.
Bournival’s hat trick was the second by a ’Dog this season. Gabriel Dumont turned one of his own on Dec. 28 against the St. John’s IceCaps. The Bulldogs outshot the Aeros 33-26 to finish the game.
The Bulldogs’ next game is against the Rochester Americans at Copps Coliseum on Monday (Feb. 18) at 3 p.m.
Earlier in the day, the Montreal Canadiens recalled goaltender Robert Mayer and reassigned goaltender Peter Delmas from the Wheeling Nailers of the East Coast Hockey League to the Bulldogs.
Delmas, 23, has played 18 games with the Nailers this season posting nine wins, six losses and three overtime losses along with a 2.40 goals against average and .910 save percentage. Delmas also played in three games for the Bulldogs this season going 0-2-0 with a 3.49 goals against average and a .865 save percentage.
During the 2011-2012 regular season, the 6’3”, 190-pound goaltender played 37 regular season games with the Nailers registering 18 wins, 14 losses and 3 overtime losses along with a 2.50 goals against average and .909 save percentage. The native of Bedford, Nova Scotia played four games for the Bulldogs last season notching a record of 1-2-0, a 2.26 goals against average and a .919 save percentage. Delmas was originally drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the second round, 61st overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Mayer, 23, has played 26 games with the Bulldogs this season registering an 11-10-3 record with a 2.99 goals against average and a .900 save percentage. Last season with Hamilton, Mayer recorded a 14-18-1 record with a 2.94 goals against average and a .909 save percentage.
1. HAM – Greg Pateryn (3) – (Patrick Holland) – 6:01
2. HOU – Chad Rau (6) – (Ryley Grantham, Charlie Coyle) – 1:59
3. HOU – Justin Fontaine (13) – (Drew Bagnall) – 12:13
4. HAM – Michael Bournival (4) – (Alexander Avtsin, Patrick Holland) – 4:20 (PP)
5. HAM – Michael Bournival (5) – (Joe Stejskal, Jarred Tinordi) – 15:58
6. HAM – Michael Bournival (6) – (Jarred Tinordi) – 19:30 (EN, SH)