Mayer saves the day for Bulldogs

Robert Mayer (Photo: Antoine Letarte/Wikipedia Commons)

Robert Mayer (Photo: Antoine Letarte/Wikipedia Commons)

Goaltender Robert Mayer turned aside a first-period penalty shot that helped the Hamilton Bulldogs secure a 4-2 American Hockey League win against the San Antonio Rampage on Friday (April 5).

Jon Rheault was unable to take advantage of the free scoring attempt at 13.42 of the opening session and just over a minute later, Patrick Holland scored to give the visiting Bulldogs a 2-0 lead, a lead Hamilton would need as the Rampage would tie the contest with two quick, second period tallies.

Petteri Nokelainen gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 edge, with his first of the year, four minutes into the first period. After Holland’s counter, Greg Rallo and Colby Robak pulled San Antonio even.

Alex Belzile scored the winner for Hamilton just past the midway mark of the final period and Nathan Beaulieu added an insurance marker while the Bulldogs were playing shorthanded.

Joey Tenute had two assists for the Bulldogs and Beaulieu had a helper along with his goal.

In addition to his penalty shot save, Mayer turned aside another 35 more. Hamilton had 37 shots on net.

A crowd of 8,515 took in the game.

The Bulldogs next game is Saturday (April 6) against the Stars in Cedar Park, Texas.