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Palushaj has winning goal and assist to lead Bulldogs over Admirals

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HAMILTON - Aaron Palushaj had the winning goal and added an assist as the Hamilton Bulldogs beat the Milwaukee Admirals 4-2 in American Hockey League action Wednesday.

Brian Willsie, Dany Masse and Gabriel Dumont also scored for Hamilton (18-16-5), while Ian Schultz added two assists. Robert Mayer made 21 saves.

Chris Mueller had both goals for Milwaukee (21-14-2). Jeremy Smith stopped 23 shots.

The loss was Milwaukee's sixth in a row on the road.

Hamilton opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 1:04 of the second period. Palushaj sent a pass from the left corner to Garrett Stafford, who fired a slapshot to the net that was deflected into the Milwaukee goal by Willsie.

Milwaukee tied the game on a 5-on-3 power play. Kyle Wilson fed a pass to Mueller on the left post for an easy goal.

Hamilton took the lead after a turnover at the Bulldogs blue-line left Schultz and Masse free to move into the Admirals zone on a 2-on-1. Schultz fed a perfect pass to Masse for the goal at 14:49 of the second period.

Just 2:06 later, Palushaj finished a pretty passing play with a blast from the left faceoff dot past Smith for his 12th goal of the season.

The Bulldogs completed another 2-on-1 play with a Dumont goal at 4:01 of the third period.

Mueller put the Admirals within two when he skated from Milwaukee???s blue-line along the left wing to the bottom of the left circle, where he slipped his 17th of the year past Mayer's stick.

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