The Hamilton Bulldogs pulled out a win for a turnaround and redemption after their loss Friday night to the Toronto Marlies. Saturday nights contest started out with a goal from Paul Carey of Lake Erie.
Lake Erie controlled the game through out the first and it wasn’t looking overly promising for the Bulldogs. It would take the Dogs until the last minute of play in the first where they would find the back of the net not once but twice before the buzzer.
Joonas Nattinen would put in his third of the season with assists from Drew Schiestel and Mike Blunden.. before Blunden would toss in the second of the first period for his sixth of the season and give the Bulldogs the edge to end the first. Jared Tinordi had a different way to celebrate as he dropped the gloves. Tinordi would take a few hits and leave with a fat lip, but would win the fight and get the crowd going as he left covered with some Monster blood.
The second period would be scoreless but the Bulldogs would keep it controlled and stay on top of Lake Erie in order to keep their edge going into the third.
The third period would be where the Bulldogs pulled ahead and leaving Lake Erie in the dust. With two goals from Patrick Holland, the Bulldogs would end the game with a 4-1 victory. On both goals both Christian Thomas and Martin St.Pierre would pick up the assists. Holland’s goals would be his second and third of the season.
Dustin Tokarski was on fire between the pipes with some beauty saves to keep the Dogs on top. Tokarski made a total of 27 stops throughout the contest, compared to Sami Aittokallio’s 24 for Lake Erie.
The Bulldogs are on the road for their next two games as they take on the Monsters once again, but this time in Lake Erie before they head to Toronto for another Battle of Ontario. Hamilton has only one once against the Marlies this season. They will be back at home on Sunday when they host Lake Erie once again.