The Hamilton Bulldogs are back to their winning ways as they dropped the Texas Stars 5-1 on Tuesday evening. The Bulldogs dominated the Stars from start to finish against a team that looked like they wanted to head home early to Texas.
A three-goal second period and a stellar game in goal by Dustin Tokarski propelled the Hamilton Bulldogs (7-7-0-3) to a 5-1 victory over the Texas Stars (9-6-2-1) on Tuesday evening at Copps Coliseum. The win was the first through 17 games this season in which the ‘Dogs edged their opponents by more than one goal.
Hamilton forward Nick Tarnasky opened the scoring on the power play with his sixth goal of the season at 7:30 of the first period when he banged in a rebound at the edge of the crease. Assists on the play went to forwards Christian Thomas and Martin St. Pierre.
Bulldogs forward Steve Quailer notched his first goal of the year 2:49 into the second frame, with assists going to forwards Stephen MacAulay and Joonas Nattinen.
MacAulay, playing his first American Hockey League game, notched his first career goal and second point of the night at 6:17 of the second period, with forwards Louis Leblanc and Quailer drawing assists.
Less than six minutes after that, Tarnasky notched his second goal of the night and seventh of the season with another rebound goal at the crease, this time with assists from defenceman Jarred Tinordi and Leblanc.
The Stars broke Tokarski’s shutout bid 6:59 into the third period when forward Colton Sceviour notched his league-leading 13th goal of the year, assisted by forward Travis Morin and goaltender Allen York.
Just 47 seconds later, Bulldogs forward Erik Nystrom put the game out of the Stars’ reach for good when he stripped defenceman Cameron Gaunce of the puck in tight and wristed a shot past York for his first career AHL goal.
The game featured five fights on the night with two of the fights coming just one second apart in the third period. The Bulldogs were out shot 33-31 but the scoring chances clearly favoured the Bulldogs who seamed to be in the right place at the right time for most of the night.
The Bulldogs and Stars won’t meet again until late March where they will play in Texas twice in the span of five nights. The Bulldogs improve their record to 7-7-0-3 while the Stars fall to 9-6-2-1