HARTFORD, CT - The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Hartford Wolf Pack 6-2 as Cedrick Desjardins made 39 to win his third straight game.
The Bulldogs (19-9-2-0) opened the scoring at 9:12 of the opening period. Chad Anderson took a wrist shot that sailed over the glove of Hartford (14-13-1-3) starting goaltender Miika Wiikman to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
The Wolf Pack tied the game 1-1 when Jordan Owens blasted a shot that bounced off the post and past Desjardins. Mike Ouellette and Tom Pyatt also earned assists on the goal.
Alex Henry regained the lead for the Bulldogs at 14:30 of the first frame. Henry received the puck from Yanick Lehoux before blasting a shot past Wiikman. The goal was Henry's first of the season and first goal since February 21, 2008 when he was with the Milwaukee Admirals. Brock Trotter added a goal off a rebound to give the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead.
David Desharnais scored two goals in the second to give Hamilton a 5-1 lead. Max Pacioretty dangled past a Hartford defender before sending a pass to Desharnais, who one-timed the puck past Wiikman at 4:51. Desharnais added his second goal of the game while on the power play.
The Hartford Wolf Pack pulled Miika Wiikman in favour of Matt Zaba to start the third period. Wiikman made 19 saves on 24 shots.