12/08/2012 8:54 PM
Hershey, Pennsylvania – The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Hershey Bears 3-2 at Giant Center on Saturday night. Joonas Nattinen scored the winner while Nathan Beaulieu had two assists.
The Bears opened the scoring at 5:48 of the opening frame on a power-play goal by Ryan Potulny. Jeff Taffe dished the puck to Potulny who made a nifty backhand-to-forehand move and shovelled the puck under Hamilton Bulldogs starting goaltender Cedrick Desjardins.
The Bulldogs tied the game at 1:57 of the second stanza on a power-play goal by Mike Blunden. After receiving the puck from Beaulieu, Blunden walked out of the far corner and snapped a shot under the crossbar over the shoulder of Hershey Bears starting goaltender Braden Holtby.
Hershey took a 2-1 lead at 3:32 of the second period on Potulny’s second goal of the game. Steve Oleksy danced into the zone and gave the puck to Potulny who tapped it past Desjardins.
Hamilton tied the game at 7:02 of the second frame on a tally by Patrick Holland. Brendon Nash took a shot from the point which was stopped and the rebound came out in front to Holland who buried the puck by Holtby. The ‘Dogs took the lead at 17:36 of the middle stanza on a marker by Nattinen. Beaulieu took a point shot through traffic and Nattinen got the rebound and put the puck behind Holtby from the doorstep.
The Bulldogs’ next game is against the Lake Erie Monsters at Copps Coliseum on Tuesday, December 11th at 7:30 p.m. for their annual Toy Toss game presented by AIM. The game will air on TVA Sports. All ‘Dogs games during the month of December will be broadcast on Hamilton's Funny 820 (AM 820), with select games simulcast on Montreal's TSN Radio 690 (AM 690). Fans can also listen to and watch all 'Dogs games on www.hamiltonbulldogs.com. Live coverage with the broadcast team of Play-By-Play Announcer Derek Wills (all home and away games) and Colour Commentator Al Craig (all home and select away games) will begin with the Pioneer Pre-Game Show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
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1. HER – Ryan Potulny – 2 – (Jeff Taffe, Tomas Kundratek) – 5:48 (PP)
2. HAM – Mike Blunden – 4 – (Morgan Ellis, Nathan Beaulieu) – 1:57 (PP)
3. HER – Ryan Potulny – 3 – (Steve Oleksy, Jeff Taffe) – 3:32
4. HAM – Patrick Holland – 3 – (Brendon Nash, Brendan Gallagher) – 7:02
5. HAM – Joonas Nattinen – 3 – (Michael Bournival, Nathan Beaulieu) – 17:36
Hershey: Braden Holtby (L – 22 shots, 19 saves)
Hamilton: Cedrick Desjardins (W – 23 shots, 21 saves)
1. HER- Ryan Potulny (2 goals, 5 shots, +1)
2. HAM- Nathan Beaulieu (2 assists, 2 shots, +1)
3. HAM- Patrick Holland (1 goal, 2 shots, +1)
Dan Lawrie Insurance Premium Player of the Game: Mike Blunden