The Hamilton Bulldogs open the AHL season with a win.
The Dogs beating the St. John’s IceCaps 3-2 at Copps Coliseum in the teams first game.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring at 4:26 of the first period thanks to a great short handed effort by Greg Pateryn.
Pateryn led the give and go with Michael Blunden with just 13 seconds before the IceCaps power play expired.
St. John’s tied things up on the power play when Andrew Gordon had a long shot make its way past goaltender Dustin Tokarski at 10:01. Kitchon and Lowry with the assists.
After twenty minutes of play things were tied up at one.
The second period opened with a great goal from Michael Blunden just two minutes in. Nattinen and Schiestel picking up the assists.
The 2-1 lead would not last long as the St. John’s would tie it back up as Ben Chiarot walked out the corner and lifted the puck past Tokarski.
With two periods in the books the scored remained 2-2.
The third period would once again see special teams play a big role. Hamilton forward Patrick Holland would streak in on goal and slide it through the five hole to put the Bulldogs up 3-2.
Hamilton host the defending champs from Grand Rapids tomorrow night.
Our coverage on CHML starts at 7pm with the Pregame. Faceoff at 7:30pm.