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Lapierre pots two, including OT winner as Bulldogs edge Americans 3-2

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Maxim Lapierre had two goals and an assist, including the game-winner just 39 seconds into overtime, to lead the Hamilton Bulldogs over the Rochester Americans 3-2 Sunday night in AHL action.

The Bulldogs also erased two one-goal deficits in the game (1-0 and 2-1) to earn the win.

Rochester opened the scoring at 13:41 of the first period when Clarke MacArthur notched his first goal of the season. Marek Zagrapan and Mike Card earned assists on the goal.

Matt D'Agostini evened the score 1-1 for Hamilton at the 15:28 mark of the opening frame. D'Agostini's goal, assisted by Corey Locke and Lapierre.

The Americans restored their one-goal lead at 2-1 with only 16 seconds left in the first period. Kenndal McArdle and David Brine combined to set up Mark Mancari for his first goal of the campaign.

At 11:52 of the middle stanza, Lapierre intercepted a pass from Amerks goaltender David Shantz and buried the puck into an empty net to tie the game 2-2. Lapierre's unassisted goal was the lone scoring play of the second period.

Sergei Kostitsyn, who earned his first-career professional point, and Ryan O'Byrne drew helpers on Lapierre's game-winning goal in OT.

Between the pipes, Jaroslav Halak turned aside 27 of the 29 shots he faced for the Bulldogs while David Shantz made 18 saves on 21 shots for the Americans in a losing effort.

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