12/28/2012 10:45 PM
Hamilton, Ontario – The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the St. John’s IceCaps 6-3 at Copps Coliseum on Friday evening. Gabriel Dumont completed his first-career hat trick and added two assists for a career-high five points.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring at 3:14 of the opening frame on the power play on Dumont’s first goal of the evening. Patrick Holland took a shot from the left circle and Dumont tipped the puck past St. John’s IceCaps starting goaltender Mark Dekanich. Louis Leblanc doubled Hamilton’s lead at 6:38 of the first period by shoveling in a trickling puck at the goal line after Alexander Avtsin got around the defender and put the puck on net.
Dumont scored his second goal of the night on the power play at 12:32 of the first stanza as he jammed the puck from his knees past the left skate of Dekanich. With his third point of the evening, Dumont became the first ‘Dog to have a three-point night on the season. Following the goal, Eddie Pasquale relieved Dekanich.
The IceCaps got on the board at 2:27 of the second frame on a goal by Jason Jaffray. Raymond Sawada carried the puck down the right side and feathered a pass to Jaffray in the slot who wired a shot past Hamilton Bulldogs starting goaltender Robert Mayer. Patrice Cormier scored a shorthanded goal at 5:34 of the second period as Spencer Machacek came in on a breakaway, deked Mayer and shot the puck off his pads with Cormier burying the rebound. St. John’s tied the game at 17:02 of the second stanza as Jaffray took a wrister from the left circle and beat Mayer glove side for his second goal of the contest.
The Bulldogs grabbed a 4-3 lead at 1:39 of the third period on a tally by Morgan Ellis who slapped a shot from the right point. With an assist on the play and his fourth point of the night, Dumont set a new career-high. Dumont then completed the hat trick at 18:30 of the third stanza as he picked up a rebound in the slot and spun around to slide the puck under Pasquale. Brendon Nash added an empty netter at 19:30 of the final frame.
The Bulldogs’ next game is against the Lake Erie Monsters in Cleveland tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. All ‘Dogs games during the month of December will be broadcast on Hamilton's Funny 820 (AM 820), with select games simulcast on Montreal's TSN Radio 690 (AM 690). 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 – Gabriel Dumont – 7 – (Patrick Holland, Mike Blunden) – 3:14 (PP)
2. HAM – Louis Leblanc – 4 – (Alexander Avtsin, Gabriel Dumont) – 6:38
3. HAM – Gabriel Dumont – 8 – (Stefan Chaput, Nathan Beaulieu) – 12:32 (PP)
4. STJ – Jason Jaffray – 4 – (Raymond Sawada, Maxime Macenauer) – 2:27
5. STJ – Patrice Cormier – 1 – (Spencer Machacek) – 5:34 (SH)
6. STJ – Jason Jaffray – 5 – (Ben Chiarot, Will O’Neill) – 17:02
7. HAM – Morgan Ellis – 3 – (Gabriel Dumont, Stefan Chaput) – 1:39
8. HAM – Gabriel Dumont – 9 – (Jarred Tinordi, Brendan Gallagher) – 18:30
9. HAM – Brendon Nash – 1 – 19:30 (EN)
St. John’s: 0-3-0—3
St. John’s: 7-14-8—29
St. John’s: Mark Dekanich (10 shots, 7 saves), Eddie Pasquale (L – 26 shots, 24 saves)
Hamilton: Robert Mayer (W – 29 shots, 26 saves)
St. John’s: 0-for-5
1. HAM- Gabriel Dumont (3 goals, 2 assists, +2, 5 shots)
2. STJ- Jason Jaffray (2 goals, 5 shots)
3. HAM- Morgan Ellis (1 goal, +1, 3 shots)
Dan Lawrie Insurance Premium Player of the Game: Louis Leblanc