03/22/2013 8:40 PM
Syracuse, New York – The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Syracuse Crunch 1-0 on Friday night at Onondaga County War Memorial at Oncenter. Dustin Tokarski stopped all 40 Crunch shots to record his third shutout as a ‘Dog and sixth of the season and Alex Belzile scored his first goal in his AHL and ‘Dogs debut.
After a scoreless opening frame, the Crunch outshot the Bulldogs 15-4.
There were no tallies to mention during the second period as Hamilton outshot Syracuse 10-9.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring at 10:10 of the third stanza on Alex Belzile’s first AHL goal in his first game as a ‘Dog. Michael Bournival fed the puck in front of the net and Belzile batted it by Syracuse Crunch starting goaltender Riku Helenius.
The Crunch outshot the Bulldogs 40-26 to end the game as Tokarski, who started the season in Syracuse, improved to 5-4-0 with a 1.54 goals against average, a .951 save percentage and three shutouts in 10 games as a ‘Dog.
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1. HAM – Alex Belzile – 1 – (Michael Bournival, Joe Stejskal) – 10:10
Syracuse: Riku Helenius (L – 26 shots, 25 saves)
Hamilton: Dustin Tokarski (W - 40 shots, 40 saves)
1. HAM – Dustin Tokarski (40 saves)
2. HAM – Alex Belzile (1 goal, +1, 2 shots)
3. SYR – Riku Helenius (25 saves)
Dan Lawrie Insurance Premium Player of the Game: Michael Bournival