With the win the Monsters, an affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche jumped from third place to a tie for first place with Toronto in the highly competitive AHL North Division. The Bulldogs are fourth, but two points behind the leading Marlies and Monsters.
Colin Smith scored twice for the Monsters. The others were scored by Matt Hunwick and Joey Hishon. Three of their four goals came during Lake Erie power plays.
Maxime Macenauer scored the only goal for Hamilton late in the third period after Lake Erie had taken a 4-0 lead.
Shots on goal were 29-22 in favour of Lake Erie.
With the loss the Bulldogs record now stands at 10-10-3. The teams will meet again Sunday afternoon at 3:00 in Hamilton. Between times, they will play the Toronto Marlies at 5:00pm Saturday in Toronto.
…..This was the fifth of ten meetings between the clubs this season. Cleveland has a 2-1 edge in regulation victories and each team has a shootout win in the series.
…..Dustin Tokarski was in goal for Hamilton. Going into the game Tokarski was 2nd in the AHL in goals-against average at 2.06, tied for third in wins and fourth in save percentage at .930.
……Injuries – C-Sven Andrighetto– (Lower body); LW- Justin Courtnall (Upper body) RW-Stefan Fournier (Upper body) RW-Steve Quailer (Upper body) Healthy scratches were forward Scott Zurevinski plus defencemen Nathan McIver and Joel Chouinard.
…..On Thursday, the Bulldogs recalled forward Ben Duffy from the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers and signed forward Zurevinski to a 25-game professional try out contract. In three games with Wheeling after being sent down by Hamilton November 29th Duffy had 2 goals and 1 assist
……- Hamilton linemates Martin St. Pierre and Christian Thomas failed to register a point in the game but have combined for 14 points over the last five games
…..Nathan Beaulieu celebrated his 21st birthday Thursday
Friday, December 6, 2013 – Quicken Loans Arena
Hamilton 0 0 1 – 1
Lake Erie 2 1 1 – 4
1, Lake Erie, Smith 3 (Wyman, Maggio), 4:54.
2, Lake Erie, Hishon 4 (Lerg, Olver), 6:48 (PP).
Penalties-Tarnasky Ham (interference), 5:48; Schiestel Ham (boarding), 10:08; Carey Le (tripping), 17:43.
3, Lake Erie, Hunwick 3 (Lerg, Hishon), 19:33 (PP).
Penalties-Tinordi Ham (fighting), 6:41; Maggio Le (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), 6:41; Schiestel Ham (double minor – high-sticking), 16:33; Dietz Ham (roughing), 20:00; St. Pierre Ham (cross-checking), 20:00; Beaupre Le (slashing), 20:00.
4, Lake Erie, Smith 4 (Carey, Meurs), 1:38 (PP).
5, Hamilton, Macenauer 2 (Leblanc, Pateryn), 16:45 (PP).
Penalties-Dumont Ham (roughing), 7:49; Tam Le (roughing), 7:49; Schiestel Ham (delay of game), 11:43; Carey Le (tripping), 16:18; Beaupre Le (delay of game), 19:27.
Shots on Goal-Hamilton 9-6-7-22. Lake Erie 9-12-8-29.
Power Play Opportunities-Hamilton 1 / 4; Lake Erie 3 / 6.
Goalies-Hamilton, Tokarski 9-5-1 (29 shots-25 saves). Lake Erie, Pickard 7-6-1 (22 shots-21 saves).
Referees-Dave Lewis (46), Pierre Lambert (39).
Linesmen-Ray King (55), Zach Roberts (15).
Hamilton Bulldogs 2013-14 Individual Stats
|93||Martin St. Pierre||20||4||15||19||-2||18||4||0||27||14.8|
|32||Magnus Nygren (X)||16||1||7||8||-9||14||1||0||47||2.1|
|15||Erik Nystrom (X)||17||1||4||5||0||4||0||0||26||3.8|
|19||Akim Aliu (X)||14||3||1||4||-6||18||0||0||22||13.6|