Bulldogs keep Rivermen at bay

bulldogsA two-goal effort, including the winner, from Patrick Holland and a three-assist night from native son Joey Tenute gave the Hamilton Bulldogs a 3-1 American Hockey League contest over the Peoria Rivermen. And goaltender Robert Mayer stopped all but one of 43 shots on Saturday night (March 9) at Copps Coliseum.

The Rivermen opened the scoring at 2:49 of the opening frame on a goal by Derek Nesbitt. T.J. Hensick took a shot from the slot which was stopped by the shoulder of Mayer. The rebound came out to the right circle where Nesbitt lifted the puck over Mayer and into the top corner of the net.

The Bulldogs tied the score at 18:10 of the second stanza on a power-play tally by Holland. The draw was won back to Holland whose point blast sailed past goalie Mike McKenna. With an assist on the play, Tenute extended his point streak to a Bulldogs season-high six games.

Hamilton’s winning goal came with less than three minutes remaining in the game. Holland converted a Tenute pass behind McKenna on a two-on-one play. Tenute then added the empty netter for his third point of the evening.

The Rivermen outshot the Bulldogs, 43-28. After killing all five penalties tonight, the ’Dogs are now 21 for their last 21 on the penalty kill.

The Bulldogs’ next game is against the Grand Rapids Griffins at Copps Coliseum on Sunday (March 10) at 5 p.m.

Scoring summary

1st Period:
1. PEO – Derek Nesbitt (20) – (T.J. Hensick, Taylor Chorney) – 2:49
2. HAM – Patrick Holland (6) – (Michael Bournival, Joey Tenute) – 18:10 (PP)

2nd Period:
No Scoring

3rd Period:
3. HAM – Patrick Holland (7) – (Joey Tenute, Frederic St-Denis) – 17:20
4. HAM – Joey Tenute (6) – (Joe Stejskal) – 19:34 (EN)

Peoria: 18-11-14—43
Hamilton: 6-12-10—28

Power Play:
Peoria: 0-for-5
Hamilton: 1-for-2

Attendance: 4,830