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By: Hamilton Bulldogs
11/30/2013 9:32 PM -

HAMILTON, ONTARIO – After missing the previous nine games with a lower body injury, Hamilton Bulldogs forward Patrick Holland returned to the lineup with a two-goal, first-star performance as the ‘Dogs (10-9-0-3) dropped the Lake Erie Monsters (10-9-0-1) 4-1 at Copps Coliseum on Saturday evening.

Lake Erie forward Paul Carey opened the scoring 17:42 into the first period, assisted by forward Guillaume Desbiens and defenceman Russ Sinkewich.

Just 1:21 later, Hamilton forward Joonas Nattinen notched his third goal of the season to even the score 1-1, assisted by defenceman Drew Schiestel and forward Mike Blunden.

Eighteen seconds after that, with 39 seconds to go in the first period, Blunden scored his sixth goal of the year, unassisted, to give the ‘Dogs a 2-1 lead heading into the second period.

After a scoreless middle frame, Holland finished off a three-on-one Bulldogs break at 9:01 of the third period for his second goal of the season to make it a 3-1 game. Forwards Christian Thomas and Martin St. Pierre drew assists on the play.

Under three minutes later, the same trio connected again for Holland’s third goal of the season to make the score 4-1 and put the game out of Lake Erie’s reach for good.

Tokarski made 27 saves on 28 shots in the Bulldogs net in the win. Aittokallio made 24 saves on 28 shots for the Monsters in the loss.

The Bulldogs went 0-for-5 on the power play, while the Monsters went 0-for-7.

Scoring Summary:

1st Period:
1. LE – Paul Carey – 3 – (Guillaume Desbiens, Russ Sinkewich) – 17:42
2. HAM – Joonas Nattinen – 3 – (Drew Schiestel, Mike Blunden) – 19:03
3. HAM – Mike Blunden – 6 – (Unassisted) – 19:21

2nd Period:
No scoring

3rd Period:
4. HAM – Patrick Holland – 2 – (Christian Thomas, Martin St. Pierre) – 9:01
5. HAM – Patrick Holland – 3 – (Christian Thomas, Martin St. Pierre) – 12:00

Lake Erie: 1-0-0
Hamilton: 2-0-2

Lake Erie: 11-9-8--28
Hamilton: 5-10-13--28

Lake Erie: Sami Aittokallio (L – 28 shots, 24 saves)
Hamilton: Dustin Tokarski (W – 28 shots, 27 saves)

Power Play:
Lake Erie: 0-for-7
Hamilton: 0-for-5

Attendance: 3,747

Three Stars:
1. HAM – Patrick Holland (Two goals)
2. HAM – Mike Blunden (One goal, one assist)
3. HAM – Christian Thomas (Two assists)

Dan Lawrie Insurance Premium Player of the Game: Joonas Nattinen

Hamilton’s next game is scheduled for Friday, December 6th when they will travel to Cleveland, Ohio to take on the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche) at 7:30 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena. The ‘Dogs return to Copps Coliseum on Sunday, December 8th, when they will host the Monsters at 3:00 p.m.

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