St. Pierre’s two goals ends Bulldogs losing streak

Martin St. Pierre (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

Martin St. Pierre (Photo: Robin Leworthy Wilson, Aerial Promotions)

Team captain Martin St. Pierre scored twice and goaltender Dustin Tokarski made 32 saves to lead the way as the Hamilton Bulldogs topped the San Antonio Rampage 3-1 on Sunday afternoon (Feb. 23) at FirstOntario Centre.

The win snapped a four-game American Hockey League losing streak by the Bulldogs.

St. Pierre got his club on the board first with his ninth goal of the season just before the midway mark of the first period.

San Antonio forward Quinton Howden responded for the Rampage on the power play at 8:06 of the second period. St. Pierre notched his second goal of the game just over four minutes later to give the ‘Dogs a 2-1 lead.

Thirty-six seconds into a third-period power play, Hamilton’s Mike Blunden potted his 11th goal of the campaign to extend the lead to 3-1.

Tokarski faced 33 shots in the Bulldogs net while Jacob Markstrom made 28 saves on 31 shots for the Rampage.

Hamilton went 1-for-4 on the power play, while San Antonio went 1-for-5.

Hamilton’s next game is scheduled for Friday (Feb. 28) when the ‘Dogs will host the Lake Erie Monsters at FirstOntario Centre at 7:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Montreal Canadiens recalled defenceman Jarred Tinordi from the Bulldogs.

Tinordi has split this season between Hamilton and Montreal. In 47 games with Hamilton, the 6’6”, 227-pound defenceman has nine points (three goals, six assists) and 70 penalty minutes. In six games with Montreal, the Burnsville, Minnesota native has no points and nine penalty minutes.

In 114 career American Hockey League regular season games with the Bulldogs, the 22-year-old has recorded 22 points (five goals, 17 assists) and 141 penalty minutes. In 14 career National Hockey League games with the Canadiens, he has recorded two assists and 11 penalty minutes.

Tinordi was selected by the Canadiens in the first round (22nd overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Scoring summary

1st Period
1. HAM – Martin St. Pierre – 9 – (Greg Pateryn, Stefan Fournier) – 7:25

SA McFadden, 10:18 – Cross-checking, 2 min (PP)
HAM Beaulieu, 12:58 – Boarding, 2 min (PP)
SA Wilson, 18:15 – Hooking, 2 min (PP)
HAM Blunden, 19:26 – Slashing, 2 min (PP)
HAM Dumont, 19:26 – Unsportsmanlike conduct, 2 min (PP)

2nd Period
2. SA – Quinton Howden – 9 – (Ryan Martindale, Ryan Whitney) – 8:06 (PP)
3. HAM – Martin St. Pierre – 10 – (Nathan Beaulieu, Sven Andrighetto) – 12:15

HAM Leblanc, 7:10 – Hooking, 2 min (PP)
SA Ortmeyer, 14:31 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)

3rd Period
4. HAM – Mike Blunden – 11 – (Nick Tarnasky, Greg Pateryn) – 6:29 (PP)

SA McFadden, 5:53 – Checking to the head, (48.2) 2 min (PP)
HAM Leblanc, 8:01 – High-sticking, 2 min (PP)

San Antonio: 7-11-15–33
Hamilton: 12-10-9–31

Attendance: 3,854