In a rare display of offensive energy, the Hamilton Bulldogs won their second straight American Hockey League game, downing the Texas Stars 5-1 on Tuesday night (Nov. 19). The win was the first through 17 games this season in which the ’Dogs edged their opponents by more than one goal.
A three-goal second period and a stellar game in goal by Dustin Tokarski propelled the Hamilton Bulldogs to improve their record to 7-7-0-3.
The Texas Stars fell to 9-6-2-1.
Hamilton forward Nick Tarnasky opened the scoring on the power play with his sixth goal of the season at 7:30 of the first period when he banged in a rebound at the edge of the crease.
Bulldogs forward Steve Quailer notched his first goal of the year 2:49 into the second frame. He also picked up an assist for a two-point night as did Louis Leblanc, with two helpers.
Stephen MacAulay, playing his first AHL game after being recalled by the Bulldogs on Monday, notched his first career goal and second point of the night at 6:17 of the second period.
Less than six minutes later, Tarnasky notched his second goal of the night and seventh of the season.
The Stars broke Tokarski’s shutout bid 6:59 into the third period when forward Colton Sceviour notched his league-leading 13th goal of the year. Stars goaltender Allen York picked up an assist on the goal.
Just 47 seconds later, Bulldogs forward Erik Nystrom put the game out of the Stars’ reach when he stripped defenceman Cameron Gaunce of the puck in tight and wristed a shot past York for his first career AHL goal.
Tokarski made 30 saves on 31 shots in the Bulldogs net in the win. Cristopher Nilstorp started for Texas, making 21 saves on 25 shots and was charged with the loss. York made seven saves on eight shots for the Stars in relief.
Hamilton went 1-for-2 on the power play, while Texas went 0-for-2.
Hamilton’s next game is scheduled for Friday (Nov. 22) when they will host the Syracuse Crunch (AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning) at Bell Centre in Montreal at 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs return to Copps Coliseum on Friday (Nov. 29) when they will host the Toronto Marlies at 7:30 p.m.
1. HAM – Nick Tarnasky (6) – (Christian Thomas, Martin St. Pierre) – 7:30 (PP)
2. HAM – Steve Quailer (1) – (Stephen MacAulay, Joonas Nattinen) – 2:49
3. HAM – Stephen MacAulay (1) – (Louis Leblanc, Steve Quailer) – 6:17
4. HAM – Nick Tarnasky (7) – (Jarred Tinordi, Louis Leblanc) – 11:56
5. TEX – Colton Sceviour (13) – (Travis Morin, Allen York) – 6:59
6. HAM – Erik Nystrom (1) – (Unassisted) – 7:46