The Hamilton Bulldogs managed a second straight in win in over-time after a game-winning goal from Louis Leblanc. It was Leblanc’s second straight game winning goal and second of the game earning him the first star of the night.
The first period started with a goal from Nick Tarnasky with his fourth of the season. Tarnasky would have the lone goal of the period leaving the Dogs with a one-point edge at the end of 20 minutes.
Early into the second the Dogs would pull ahead 2-0 as Leblanc fired in a wrist shot for a short handed marker. It would take around five minutes for the Americans to answer, with a power play goal from Luke Adam as he tallied his sixed of the season for the Americans. Hamilton wasn’t giving up their two point lead that easily as Magnus Nygren ripped a laser past goaltender Nathan Lieuwen. Nygren’s goal was the third straight power play goal throughout the second period. Rochester started their come back with ten minutes left in the second period putting in back-to-back goals and ending the period with a tie.
The third period was loaded with action, but stayed scoreless sending the Bulldogs into their second straight over time game.
Hamilton would start the extra time on the man-up for 34 seconds. The Bulldogs had tons of opportunity throughout their short power play but were unable to capitalize. Leblanc found the back of the net just over a minute left to give the Dogs their second straight win on home ice.
Leblanc had yet to put up any points within the first four games, and has managed 5 total points within just the past two games; including two game-winning goals.
Robert Mayer started in net for the Dogs tonight, making a total of 27 stops to earn himself his first win of the season. Mayer moved to 26th in the league for save percentage with a .919 percentage.
With the win the Bulldogs are now tied for first place in the North Division, with the Marlies, who they take on at home Sunday afternoon in the second Ontario match up of the season. Their next game is on the road, when they take on the Utica Comets in a Saturday night contest. The game is scheduled to start at 7pm.
Hamilton last saw Utica in their last pre-season game, which was held in Dundas just outside of Hamilton. When the Bulldogs managed a shut-out. The Bulldogs are currently riding a two-game win streak whereas the Comets have yet to win a game this season. The Comets last game ended in a shoot-out as they fell to a 2-1 loss against the Syracuse Crush Friday night.
Becca Luden @BeccaEL