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Adam scores twice, Hackett makes 26 saves as Americans beat Bulldogs @NHLdotcom

HAMILTON - Luke Adam had two goals as the Rochester Americans defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-1 in American Hockey League play Wednesday.

Phil Varone also scored for the Americans (6-3-4), while Matt Hackett made 26 saves.

Sven Andrighetto had the lone goal for the Bulldogs (5-6-3), who have lost five straight and six of their last seven games.

Dustin Tokarski made 34 saves in a losing effort.

Tokarski produced a series of pad saves to keep Rochester off the scoreboard in the early minutes of the first period, but his good work was all for naught when Varone scored the game's opening goal at 5:02.

The Rochester forward corralled the puck outside the offensive zone and cut in through the middle of the ice, splitting Hamilton's defenders. He released a quick wrist shot that found an opening between Tokarski's chest and arm to trickle over the goal-line.

Hamilton pounced on a Rochester giveaway to level the game at 14:20 of the period.

A badly-placed exit pass landed on the stick of the forechecking Blunden in the slot, whose initial shot was bobbled by Hackett. The winger crashed the net and was followed by Andrighetto, who alertly fired the loose puck in as it slid to him.

The goal was Andrighetto's team-leading seventh of the season.

It appeared that Rochester had retaken the lead with just over a minute to play in the period, but Jamie Tardiff was ruled to have kicked the puck past knocked Tokarski at the end of a goal-mouth scramble on a power play.

Rochester had the clearest chance to score in a sloppy second period, as Mike Zigomanis grabbed a rebound and rung a slap shot off of Tokarski's near post with four and a half minutes to play.

Nathan Beaulieu manufactured an opportunity for the Bulldogs two minutes later, when he walked in from the blue-line and stepped past an American defender before chipping a wrist shot toward Hackett, who slid to turn it aside with his shoulder.

The Americans wasted no time in retaking the lead to open the third period, scoring just 23 seconds in.

A well-worked passing play saw Zigomanis move the puck ahead to Kevin Sundher on the right wing. Sundher backhanded a centring pass to Adam, who easily beat Tokarski from the edge of the crease.

Adam scored his second goal of the game into an empty net with 18 seconds to play to put the game beyond Hamilton's reach.

Notes: Wednesday's contest was the Bulldogs' annual "School Game," bringing Hamilton-area school children to Copps Coliseum for a morning game at 10:00 a.m. ??? Announced attendance was 12,185.

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