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Mayer makes 45 saves, just misses first AHL shutout as Bulldogs beat Crunch @NHL

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Robert Mayer made 45 saves and came with minutes of earning his first American Hockey League shutout as the Hamilton Bulldogs beat the Syracuse Crunch 4-1 Saturday

Mayer surrendered Dan Sexton's goal with just over two minutes left in regulation, but was undoubtedly the best player on the ice as the Bulldogs won despite being outshot 46-29.

Phil DeSimone, Dany Masse, Aaron Palushaj and Gabriel Dumont scored for Hamilton (9-13-2).

Jeff Deslauriers stopped 25 shots for Syracuse (11-10-3).

The Bulldogs at 6:14 of the first period as DeSimone put Gabriel Dumont?s tape-to-tape pass in the top-right corner of the Syracuse goal. It was DeSimone?s team-leading sixth goal of the season.

Five minutes later, Masse put a loose shot past Deslauriers following linemate Palushaj's shot from the slot, giving the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead to end the first period.

Palushaj scored on a breakaway coming out of the penalty box to put Hamilton up 3-0 1:01 into the second period.

Dumont put the Bulldogs up 4-0 midway through the third after deflecting Frederic St-Denis' point shot.

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