Back-to-back wins for the Bulldogs.
Gabriel Dumont scored two goals to lead Hamilton over Lake Erie 6-2 Sunday afternoon at Copps Coliseum.
Robert Mayer made 28 saves and Patrick Holland chipped in with a goal and two assists as the Dogs toke over sole possession of first place in the AHL’s North Division with a record of 12-10-0-3.
Dumont opened the scoring on the power play 14:20 into the opening period, his third goal of the season.
Nick Tarnasky netted his team leading eighth goal of the year just over five minutes into the second period to give Hamilton a 2-0 lead.
Lake Erie’s Bryan Lerg scored at 14:31 of the second period on the power play to cut Hamilton’s lead to 2-1.
Less than three minutes into the third period, Holland restored the Bulldogs’ two goal lead.
Rookie Stefan Fournier scored 48 seconds later, his first professional goal, to give Hamilton a 4-1 lead.
At 9:41 of the third period, Dumont scored his second power play goal of the game as the Dogs stormed ahead 5-1.
Louis Leblanc extended Hamilton’s lead to 6-1 with his seventh goal of the year at 15:21 of the third.
With under a minute left in regulation, Monsters defenceman Markus Lauridsen scored to make it 6-2 Hamilton.
The Bulldogs have a two point lead on Toronto and Lake Erie for first place in the North Division.
Hamilton next plays Friday night when they host the Marlies at Copps Coliseum in the Bulldogs’ annual Toy Toss game.
Fans attending the game are asked to bring a toy to throw onto the ice after Hamilton’s first goal of the game.
All the toys tossed will be collected and donated to the CHML/Y108 Children’s Fund, which gives the toys to local charities in the Hamilton Area.
1. HAM – Gabriel Dumont (Two goals, one assist)
2. HAM – Patrick Holland (One goal, two assists)
3. HAM – Robert Mayer (28 saves)