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Bulldogs Drop Checkers 3-1

October 31, 2014 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Hamilton Bulldogs News Release

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Forward Christian Thomas and defenceman Darren Dietz scored 54 seconds apart in the second period to put the Hamilton Bulldogs ahead for good as the 'Dogs (3-3-2-0) went on to defeat the Charlotte Checkers (2-6-0-0) 3-1 at Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, N.C. on Friday afternoon.

Charlotte forward Chad Larose got his team on the board first with just nine seconds remaining in the opening period when he drove to the net and put a backhand shot up and over Hamilton goaltender Mike Condon, short side. Defenceman Rasmus Rissanen had an assist.

Thomas replied for the Bulldogs 7:03 into the second period when defenceman Joe Finley sprung Thomas on a breakaway, then the forward beat Checkers goaltender Drew MacIntyre with a backhand for his third goal of the season.

The 'Dogs took a 2-1 lead just 54 seconds later when Dietz stepped into a drop pass from forward Nick Sorkin and hammered his first professional goal past MacIntyre. Defenceman Mac Bennett earned his first professional point with a second assist on the play.

Hamilton forward Gabriel Dumont added an unassisted, empty-net goal for his third marker of the year to seal the victory for the 'Dogs, 3-1.

Condon made 26 saves on 27 shots for the Bulldogs in the win, while MacIntyre stopped 20 of 22 shots faced for the Checkers in the loss.

Both teams went 0-for-5 on the power play.

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The Bulldogs return to action on Sunday, Nov. 2 when they'll visit the Charlotte Checkers at Time Warner Cable Arena at 1 p.m. The 'Dogs next home game will be on Tuesday, Nov. 4 when they'll host the Rochester Americans at FirstOntario Centre at 10:15 a.m.

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