HAMILTON, Ont. - Josh Soares scored the game winner early in the second period as the Peoria Rivermen downed the Hamilton Bulldogs 2-1 in American Hockey League action Thursday night.
The goal by Soares, a Hamilton native, lifted the Rivermen (15-10-1-0) to their fourth win in the past five games. Soares has six goals in seven games since rejoining Peoria from the ECHL's Alaska Aces.
Julian Talbot had a first-period goal for the Rivermen, while Chris Holt improved to 3-0 for Peoria with a 24-save performance.
Greg Stewart had the lone goal for the Bulldogs (15-9-2-0), winless in two.
Marc Denis turned aside 27 shots for Hamilton.