HAMILTON - Aaron Palushaj scored twice and added an assist to lead the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 5-2 victory over the Syracuse Crunch on Friday in American Hockey League action.
Louis Leblanc and Brian Willsie also scored for Hamilton (14-14-5), while Alexander Avtsin put the puck into an empty net.
Patrick Maroon and Rick Schofield replied for Syracuse (14-15-4), while Iiro Tarkki turned aside 34 shots.
Nathan Lawson started in net for the Bulldogs, making 30 saves on 31 shots in 47:19 of work. He left in the third period after taking a hit behind the net from Troy Bodie. Lawson was replaced by Robert Mayer, who stopped seven shots.
Palushaj and Willsie scored on the power play as Hamilton capitalized on two of its four man advantages. The Crunch went 0-for-3 on the power play.
The Bulldogs are currently the hottest team in the AHL's North Division, going 6-1-3 in their past 10 games. Still, Hamilton is in fourth behind Toronto, Rochester and Lake Erie.