Senators rule over Bulldogs

bulldogsThe Binghamton Senators defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs, 3-2, on Friday night at Copps Coliseum. Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Corey Cowick each scored a goal and added an assist with Pageau notching the winner in the American Hockey League contest.

The Senators opened the scoring at 3:12 of the opening frame on a power-play tally by Cole Schneider. Shane Prince’s shot on goaltender Robert Mayer bounced to Schneider at the top of the crease and he lifted the puck over the netminder.

Binghamton made it 2-0 five minutes later when Cowick picked up a rebound in front of Mayer and slid the puck into the back of the net.

The Bulldogs scored on a tally by Joey Tenute at 11:04 of the first period. The puck came off of the skate of Patrick Holland and bounced out to Tenute in the slot who lifted a backhand over goaltender Nathan Lawson.

Pageau scored just 34 seconds into the second stanza as he buried a rebound into the net.

The ‘Dogs scored their second goal at 13:55 of the second frame on Louis Leblanc’s eighth goal of the year. Mike Blunden dropped the puck at the top of the right circle and Leblanc stepped into a shot and blasted the puck over the glove of Lawson.

Each team had 30 shots on net.

Meanwhile, the Montreal Canadiens recalled forward Gabriel Dumont from the Bulldogs.

Dumont, 22, has played 52 games for the Bulldogs this season and leads the team in points (30), goals (15) and assists (15) while also accumulating 81 penalty minutes.

The native of Ville Degelis, Quebec represented the Bulldogs at the 2013 AHL All-Star Classic suiting up for the Western Conference All-Stars. On Dec. 28 against the St. John’s IceCaps, Dumont notched a career-high five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in a 6-3 victory. The 5’10”, 186-pound forward has played 175 regular season games over three seasons for the Bulldogs posting 72 points (33 goals, 39 assists) and 215 penalty minutes. Dumont was originally selected by the Canadiens in the fifth round, 139th overall in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

He was held off the score sheet in Friday’s game.

The Bulldogs’ next game is against the Lake Erie Monsters in Cleveland on Saturday (March 2).

Scoring summary

1st Period:
1. BNG – Cole Schneider (8) – (Shane Prince, Chris Wideman) – 3:12 (PP)
2. BNG – Corey Cowick (9) – (Mark Borowiecki, Jean-Gabriel Pageau) – 8:18
3. HAM – Joey Tenute (3) – (Patrick Holland, Jarred Tinordi) – 11:04

2nd Period:
4. BNG – Jean-Gabriel Pageau (5) – (Corey Cowick, Dustin Gazley) – 0:34
5. HAM – Louis Leblanc (8) – (Mike Blunden, Nathan Beaulieu) – 13:55

3rd Period:
No Scoring

Binghamton: 13-9-8—30
Hamilton: 8-10-12—30

Power Play:
Binghamton: 1-for-3
Hamilton: 0-for-4

Attendance: 4,487