04/05/2013 9:31 PM
San Antonio, Texas – The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the San Antonio Rampage 4-2 on Friday night at AT&T Center. Nathan Beaulieu, Joey Tenute and Petteri Nokelainen each had two points while Robert Mayer stopped 36 shots, including a penalty shot, for the victory.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring at 4:43 of the opening frame on Nokelainen’s first goal as a ‘Dog. Louis Leblanc took a shot and Nokelainen picked up the rebound and buried it by San Antonio Rampage starting goaltender Brian Foster. Hamilton grabbed a 2-0 lead at 14:54 of the first period as Tenute won the draw back to Patrick Holland who snapped a shot by Foster.
The Rampage cut the lead to 2-1 at 0:49 of the second stanza as Greg Rallo took a shot and scored over the right shoulder of Mayer. Colby Robak then notched a power-play tally for San Antonio at 3:53 of the second period as he took a wrister from the point which sailed over the shoulder of Mayer.
The ‘Dogs regained the lead at 11:40 of the second frame as Nathan Beaulieu dished a pass to Alex Belzile who tipped the bouncing puck past Foster. With an assist on the play, Danny Kristo earned his first professional point in his first professional game.
The Bulldogs grabbed a 4-2 lead while shorthanded at 18:15 of the third stanza as Beaulieu took a shot which ricocheted off a body and off the blocker of Foster and trickled in.
The Bulldogs’ next game is against the Texas Stars in Austin tomorrow at 8:00 p.m. 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 – Petteri Nokelainen – 1 – (Louis Leblanc) – 4:43
2. HAM – Patrick Holland – 9 – (Joey Tenute) – 14:54
3. SA – Greg Rallo – 23 – (Jon Rheault, Jack Combs) – 0:49
4. SA – Colby Robak – 4 – (Jon Rheault, Greg Rallo) – 3:52 (PP)
5. HAM – Alex Belzile – 3 – (Nathan Beaulieu, Danny Kristo) – 11:40
6. HAM – Nathan Beaulieu – 7 – (Petteri Nokelainen, Joey Tenute) – 18:15 (SH)
San Antonio: 0-2-0—2
San Antonio: 15-14-9—38
San Antonio: Brian Foster (L - 37 shots, 33 saves)
Hamilton: Robert Mayer (W - 38 shots, 36 saves)
San Antonio: 1-for-5
1. HAM – Robert Mayer (36 saves)
2. HAM – Alex Belzile (1 goal, +1, 1 shot)
3. HAM – Nathan Beaulieu (1 goal, 1 assist, +1, 6 shots)
Dan Lawrie Insurance Premium Player of the Game: Louis Leblanc