CLEVELAND, OHIO – Joonas Nattinen scored a highlight-reel goal, Nick Sorkin notched his first tally as a professional and Robert Mayer made 30 saves as the Hamilton Bulldogs (33-34-1-7) edged the Lake Erie Monsters (30-33-1-10) 2-1 on Tuesday evening at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
After a scoreless first period, Nattinen got his team on the board first when he went end-to-end, toe-dragged past Lake Erie defenceman Karl Stollery, then fired the puck top shelf past Monsters goaltender Calvin Pickard. Nattinen’s eighth goal of the season, scored unassisted, came at 10:18 of the second period.
Just over three minutes later, with Lake Erie on the power play, Monsters forward Mark Olver fired a point shot through a screen, which was deflected by forward Andrew Agozzino past Mayer. Forward Colin Smith had a second assist on the play.
Sorkin scored the eventual game winner at 2:34 of the third period when he tipped a wrist shot by forward Sven Andrighetto. Forward Christian Thomas had a second assist on Sorkin’s first goal of the season.
Robert Mayer made 30 saves on 31 shots in the Bulldogs net in the win. Calvin Pickard stopped 34 of 36 shots for the Monsters in the loss.
Hamilton went 0-for-2 on the power play, while Lake Erie went 1-for-2.