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Hamel scores twice, including game-winner, as Phantoms beat Bulldogs 5-4 @NHLdotcom

GLEN FALLS, N.Y. - Denis Hamel scored two goals, including the game-winner, and the Adirondack Phantoms beat the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-4 in American Hockey League action Friday.

Tyler Brown, Brandon Manning and Jonathon Kalinski also scored for the Phantoms (19-15-2).

Louis Leblanc and Aaron Palushaj scored two goals each for Hamilton (16-15-5).

Michael Leighton earned the win for Adirondack, stopping all 10 shots he faced in the third period. Leighton replaced Jason Bacashihua, who surrendered four goals on 21 shots over the first 40 minutes.

Robery Mayer made 32 saves for Hamilton.

The Phantoms opened the scoring at 13:29 into the game when Brown?s backhand shot beat Mayer.

The pace picked up with six goals being scored in the second period. Manning made it 2-0 Phantoms when his power-play slapshot bounced off Mayer's glove and into the Bulldogs' net, breaking Hamilton's seven-game penalty-kill streak.

Just over three minutes later, Leblanc beat Bacashihua to shorten the gap 2-1. Leblanc scored his second of the game 2:31 later when he shot his own rebound past Bacashihua.

The Bulldogs scored their third consecutive goal at 11:35 when Palushaj scored on a power play, extending his point streak to six games. Andreas Engqvist, who earned an assist on the play, stretched his point streak to nine games.

The Phantoms tied the game 3-3 with 3:19 left in the second period. Hamel carried Blake Kessel's breakaway pass over the Bulldogs blue-line, scoring his twelfth of the season with a sniper shot over Mayer???s left shoulder.

With 29 seconds left to play in the second period, Palushaj scored his second of the game following a 3-on-1 chance in front of Adirondack???s net.

Leighton took to the Adirondack net for the final 20 minutes, and the Phantoms seemed to gain confidence in front of him..

Kalinski scoring just 1:22 into the period with a low blocker-side shot to tie the game at 4-4. Hamel added his second of the game just under four minutes later, when his shot bounced off the back of the net and then off Mayer's back.

It was Bulldogs' first loss of 2012, snapping their three-game winning streak and their five-game point streak.

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