Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Dumont Scores Twice to Lead Hamilton Bulldogs over Lake Erie Monsters 6-2

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Dumont Scores Twice to Lead Hamilton Bulldogs over Lake Erie Monsters 6-2

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Hamilton Bulldogs trounce Lake Erie 6-2

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HAMILTON - The Hamilton Bulldogs found their legs while playing their third divisional game in as many days, and engineered an offensive explosion.

The Bulldogs scored four goals in the third period en route to a 6-2 victory over the Lake Erie Monsters in American Hockey League play on Sunday.

"Finding the energy and the legs to play again today was a challenge," said Hamilton head coach Sylvain Lefebvre. "These guys are working hard and they've been digging deep to play as a team. They're finding ways to win, and no matter who is in the lineup, they find a way to contribute one way or another."

Gabriel Dumont had two goals and an assist, and Patrick Holland also had a three-point night for the Bulldogs (12-10-3) with one goal and two assists. Nick Tarnasky, Stefan Fournier and Louis Leblanc also scored for Hamilton, and Robert Mayer made 28 saves.

Bryan Lerg and Markus Lauridsen had goals for the Monsters (12-10-1). Calvin Pickard stopped 22 shots in a losing effort.

With the win, Hamilton climbed to first place in the AHL's North Division.

A subdued start to Sunday's game saw the two teams combine for just six shots on goal through the first ten minutes of play.

But after successfully killing two penalties, the Bulldogs took advantage of their first power-play opportunity of the afternoon to open the scoring at 14:20 of the first period.

Dumont shovelled the puck toward Pickard on the backhand, and he kicked it out wide and into the path of St. Pierre on the right. The winger's wrist shot never made it through a screen, but the loose puck bounced back to Dumont, who made good on his second attempt.

The Monsters had their best chance to level the game at a goal apiece with four minutes to play in the period. Breaking into the offensive zone with a 3-on-1 advantage, Lake Erie forced a pad save from Mayer before hitting the far post with the follow-up shot.

Hamilton doubled its lead early in the second period, striking at 5:06 when Darren Dietz's shot from the point hit Lake Erie defender Matt Hunwick in front of the net and fell to Tarnasky. The winger turned and swept a low shot toward Pickard that trickled through the goaltender's legs and in. …

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