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Belzile scores in third period, Tokarski stops 40 shots, Bulldogs nip Crunch 1-0

Friday, 03.22.2013 / 11:25 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Belzile scores in third period, Tokarski stops 40 shots, Bulldogs nip Crunch 1-0

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Winger Alex Belzile scored the game's only goal, and his first of the season, at 10:10 of third period, in the Hamilton Bulldogs 1-0 victory over the Eastern Conference leading Syracuse Crunch in AHL action Friday.

Dustin Tokarski made 40 saves for his sixth shutout of the season, and third with Hamilton (25-31-6).

Tokarski, who started the season with Syracuse (38-18-8), improved to 5-4-0 with a 1.54 goals against average and three shutouts in 10 games as a Bulldog.

Riku Helenius made 25 saves for the Crunch.

Hamilton was 0 for 3 on the power play, and Syracuse was 0 for 4.

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That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.

— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3