Bulldogs win at home – in Montreal


bulldogsMONTREAL – Led by a three-point night from forward Mike Blunden and another rock-solid performance by goaltender Dustin Tokarski, the Hamilton Bulldogs dropped the Syracuse Crunch 4-1 Friday night (Nov. 22) at Bell Centre.

Goals by Blunden, Morgan Ellis and Gabriel Dumont had given the Bulldogs a 3-0 lead to take into the third period of the American Hockey League game. J.P. Cote got Syracuse’s lone late in the third period but Blunden’s second goal of the night and fifth of the season, into an empty net sealed the Bulldogs victory.

With the win, the Bulldogs third straight, Hamilton improves to 8-7-0-3 while the Crunch fell to a 9-5-1-1.

The two teams play again Saturday (Nov. 23) when they return to Syracuse for a 7 p.m. encounter. The Crunch is the AHL affiliate of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Bulldogs will return to Copps Coliseum on Friday, Nov. 29 when they will host the Toronto Marlies (affiliate of the Toronto Maple Leafs) at 7:30 p.m.

The goals by Ellis and Dumont were their first of the season. And they were scored against former Bulldogs netminder Cedrick Desjardins.

Dustin Tokarski made 25 saves in the Bulldogs’ net while Desjardins stopped 23 shots.

Scoring summary

1st Period:
1. HAM – Mike Blunden (4) – (Gabriel Dumont, Jarred Tinordi) – 15:55

Penalties

SYR Nesterov, 4:10 – Holding, 2 min (PP)
SYR Angelidis, 13:52 – Roughing, 2 min
HAM McIver, 13:52 – Roughing, 2 min

2nd Period:

2. HAM – Morgan Ellis (1) – (Martin St. Pierre, Erik Nystrom) – 11:00
3. HAM – Gabriel Dumont (1) – (Mike Blunden) – 13:06

Penalties

HAM Leblanc, 0:32 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)
HAM Nattinen, 4:04 – Slashing, 2 min (PP)
SYR Witkowski, 11:49 – Fighting, 5 min
HAM Tarnasky, 11:49 – Fighting, 5 min
SYR Tyrell, 13:33 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)
SYR Paquette, 20:00 – Fighting, 5 min
HAM Pateryn, 20:00 – Fighting, 5 min

3rd Period:

4. SYR – J.P. Cote (2) – (Tanner Richard, Philippe Paradis) – 15:13
5. HAM – Mike Blunden (5) – (Ellis) – 19:00 (EN)

Penalties

SYR Richard, 1:13 – Boarding, 2 min (PP)
HAM McIver, 8:24 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)

Shots:

Syracuse: 5-8-13–26
Hamilton: 4-15-8–27

Power Play:

Syracuse: 0-for-3
Hamilton: 0-for-3

Attendance: 8,002