Hamilton defenceman Greg Pateryn scored with 51 seconds to play to cap off a three-goal third period for the visitors and put the Bulldogs past the Rampage, 4-3, on Sunday (March 30) in San Antonio, Texas. The American Hockey League win was the second in three days for the Bulldogs against the Rampage.
San Antonio forward Joey Crabb opened the scoring with 2:01 to go in the first period when his slap shot from the top of the left faceoff circle beat goaltender Robert Mayer high. Bulldogs forward Louis Leblanc responded for Hamilton 2:32 into the second period when he potted a rebound off a point shot by defenceman Nathan Beaulieu.
With the Rampage on the power play, defenceman Matt Gilroy put his club ahead 2-1 with a point shot that found a hole through traffic and beat Mayer at 13:55 of the second period.
Four-and-a-half minutes into the third period, Bulldogs forward Mike Blunden notched his team co-leading 16th goal of the season to tie the game.
Just four minutes later, Hamilton forward Nick Tarnasky collected a rebound in tight, slid the puck to his backhand and tucked it past goaltender Michael Houser to give the ‘Dogs a 3-2 lead. With less than four minutes to play and the Bulldogs on the power play, Lee buried a shorthanded marker to tie the game, 3-3.
In the final minute, Andrighetto dangled down low, then hit Pateryn with a perfect pass at the point, who fired a slap shot past Houser for his 13th goal of the season to put Hamilton ahead for good, 4-3.
Mayer made 29 saves on 32 shots in the Bulldogs net in the win. Houser stopped 22 of 26 shots for the Rampage in the loss.
Hamilton went 0-for-3 on the power play, while San Antonio went 1-for-3.
Hamilton’s next game is scheduled for Wednesday (April 2) when the ‘Dogs will visit the Oklahoma City Barons, AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers.
1. SA – Joey Crabb – 13 – (John McFarland, John Lee) – 17:59
2. HAM – Louis Leblanc – 13 – (Nathan Beaulieu, Martin St. Pierre) – 2:32
3. SA – Matt Gilroy – 9 – (Mike Mottau, Wade Megan) – 13:55 (PP)
4. HAM – Mike Blunden – 16 – (Sven Andrighetto, Joel Chouinard) – 4:31
5. HAM – Nick Tarnasky – 13 – (Joel Chouinard) – 8:28
6. SA – John Lee – 4 – (Drew Shore, Bobby Butler) – 16:20 (SH)
7. HAM – Greg Pateryn – 13 – (Sven Andrighetto, Mike Blunden) – 19:09
San Antonio: 1-1-1
San Antonio: 10-10-12–32
Hamilton: Robert Mayer (W – 32 shots, 29 saves)
San Antonio: Michael Houser (L – 26 shots, 22 saves)
San Antonio: 1-for-3