Hamilton forward Jake Dowell and defenceman Davis Drewiske each had two points to lead the Bulldogs to a 5-2 win over the Texas Stars (11-9-8-0) on Sunday afternoon (Dec. 21) at FirstOntario Centre.
The win left Hamilton with a 14-11-5-0 record, good enough for third place in the American Hockey League’s Western Conference’s North Division. The Stars are third in the Western Conference’s West Division with an 11-9-8-0 mark.
Hamilton had goals from Darren Dietz, Connor Crisp (his first of the season), Dowell (shorthanded), Maxine Macenauer, and Drayson Bowman (empty net). Replying for the Stars were Justin Dowling and Greg Rallo.
Dustin Tokarski made 29 stops on 31 shots for the Bulldogs as he completed his two-game conditioning stint with Hamilton. He was assigned to the Bulldogs by the parent Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League for the two games. Jack Campbell made 22 saves on 26 shots for the Stars.
With Tokarski returning to the Canadiens, Montreal sent goaltender Joey MacDonald back to the Bulldogs. MacDonald was recalled by Montreal on Friday and dressed in a backup role for the Canadiens on Saturday evening.
Hamilton went 0-for-5 on the power play, while Texas was 1-for-7 with a man advantage.
The Bulldogs will be back in action Friday (Dec. 26) when they’ll visit the Marlies at Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto at 1 p.m.
The ‘Dogs will return to FirstOntario Centre the following night when the Adirondack Flames are in town for a 7 o’clock game.
HAM Dietz, (3) (Thomas, Sorkin), 5:05
TEX Glennie, 1:36 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)
TEX Honka, 10:18 – Interference, 2 min (PP)
HAM Macenauer, 14:10 – Hooking, 2 min (PP)
HAM Drewiske, 17:54 – High-sticking, 2 min (PP)
TEX Dowling, 18:31 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)
HAM Crisp, (1) (Drewiske, Dowell), 10:04
TEX Dowling, (8) (Hulak, Mangene), 10:14
TEX Meech, 2:22 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)
HAM Finley, 19:18 – Roughing, 2 min (PP)
HAM Dowell, (2) (Dumont), 2:51 (SH)
HAM Macenauer, (4) (Pateryn), 7:39
TEX Rallo, (8) (McKenzie, Meech), 13:23 (PP)
HAM Bowman, (5) (Tangradi, Drewiske), 17:36 (EN)
HAM Hensick, 2:38 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)
TEX Honka, 10:04 – Roughing, 2 min
HAM Hudon, 10:04 – Roughing, 2 min
HAM Hudon, 10:04 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)
TEX Stransky, 13:13 – Fighting, 5 min
HAM Served By Crisp, 13:13 – Bench minor – Leaving the bench, 2 min (PP)
HAM Crisp, 13:13 – Instigating, 2 min (PP)
HAM Crisp, 13:13 – Fighting, 5 min
HAM Crisp, 13:13 – Misconduct – Instigating, 10 min
HAM Crisp, 13:13 – Game misconduct – Leaving the bench, 10 min
TEX Gaunce, 18:39 – Hooking, 2 min (PP)