The Hamilton Bulldogs got back to their winning ways on Saturday night with a big 4-1 win against their division rival the Lake Erie Monsters. Patrick Holland scored two goals in the third period to put the Monsters away in a third period that was dominated by the Bulldogs.
With the score close in the third, Holland was set up by Christian Thomas and Martin St. Pierre in a highlight reel play that brought fans to their feet to make the score 3-1.
“Those are the opportunities that you just wish for all game,” Patrick Holland said of his first goal of the game in the third period.
The first Holland goal came off a three on one break for the Bulldogs.
“The way that it was progressing, I figured that, that was the way the play went and that is exactly the way the play went and I prepared for the one-timer shot there” Holland added.
Holland would add his second of the game a little under three minutes later once again he was set up by Thomas and St. Pierre.
The Bulldogs played perhaps their best game on the year from a defensive standpoint, the Monsters were limited to just eight shots in the third period as the Bulldogs shut down almost any chance the Monsters might of had at mounting any sort of third period comeback.
“I thought we played well from start to finish, obviously we did not have that many shots on net in the first period and we had to kill a few penalties, our minds were on the game tonight, our mindset was focused,” Bulldogs head coach Sylvain Lefebvre commented on his teams third period of play.
The Monsters had just two shots on goal in the first fifteen minutes of the third period and Coach Lefebvre was impressed.
“One of my points before the game was to play as a unit of five on the ice and not be too spread out and to support each other. I thought last night Toronto did that a lot better than we did and they deserved the win last night. We took a page out of their book and we did that tonight. I thought we played stronger defensively and we were more opportunistic in our scoring chances and to have Pat Holland come back and score two goals was huge for us,” Lefebvre added.
Huge it was as the Bulldogs snapped a two game losing streak and moved up two points ahead of Lake Erie in the North Division standing.