02/26/2013 9:55 PM
Hamilton, Ontario – The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the St. John’s IceCaps 4-3 on Tuesday evening at Copps Coliseum. Nathan Beaulieu tallied twice including the game-winner and Joey Tenute and Patrick Holland both added two assists.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring at 13:06 of the opening frame on a power-play tally by Stefan Chaput. After receiving the puck from Mike Blunden, Chaput walked out of the right corner and roofed the puck over the left shoulder of St. John’s starting goaltender Mark Dekanich.
The IceCaps tied the score at 2:58 of the second stanza as Jason Gregoire grabbed the puck in the left corner and wrapped around the net and lifted the puck over the shoulder of Hamilton Bulldogs starting goaltender Robert Mayer.
The ‘Dogs took the lead at 10:13 of the second period on Joe Stejskal’s first American Hockey League goal in his 77th-career game. Tenute slid a pass from the right boards to Stejskal at the point who wired a shot low past Dekanich. Hamilton grabbed a two-goal lead at 16:07 of the second frame as Beaulieu slapped a shot from the top of the left circle which eluded Dekanich along the ice.
St. John’s cut the lead back to one just 56 seconds later at 17:03 of the second as Carl Klingberg rifled a shot from the point which was blocked in front and Aaron Gagnon chopped in the rebound from the crease.
The Bulldogs restored their two-goal lead at 6:14 of the third stanza on Beaulieu’s second goal of the contest. Beaulieu stepped into a shot from the left point which went in the net low past a screened Dekanich.
The IceCaps scored their third goal of the evening off the stick of Raymond Sawada who one-timed a shot from right point past Mayer at 7:35 of the third period on the power play.
The Bulldogs’ next game is against the Binghamton Senators at Copps Coliseum on Friday, March 1st at 7:30 p.m. The game will air on Cable 14. All ‘Dogs games will be broadcast on Hamilton's Funny 820 (AM 820). 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. HAM – Stefan Chaput – 5 (Mike Blunden, Louis Leblanc) – 13:06 (PP)
2. STJ – Jason Gregoire – 9 – (Raymond Sawada, Ben Maxwell) – 2:58
3. HAM – Joe Stejskal – 1 – (Joey Tenute, Michael Bournival) – 10:13
4. HAM – Nathan Beaulieu – 5 – (Patrick Holland, Greg Pateryn) – 16:07
5. STJ – Aaron Gagnon – 2 – (Carl Klingberg, Derek Meech) – 17:03
6. HAM – Nathan Beaulieu – 6 – (Joey Tenute, Patrick Holland) – 6:14
7. HAM – Raymond Sawada – 10 – (Jason Jaffray, Derek Meech) – 7:35 (PP)
St. John’s: 0-2-1—3
St. John’s: 13-16-13—42
St. John’s: Mark Dekanich (L – 29 shots, 25 saves)
Hamilton: Robert Mayer (W – 42 shots, 39 saves)
St. John’s: 1-for-5
1. HAM – Nathan Beaulieu (2 goals, +2, 5 shots)
2. HAM – Patrick Holland (2 assists, +2, 1 shot)
3. STJ – Raymond Sawada (1 goal, 1 assist, 8 shots)
Dan Lawrie Insurance Premium Player of the Game: Joe Stejskal