The Bulldogs evened their season record against the Moose to 2-2 as the Bulldogs take victories in both home games. Aaron Palushaj led the team to victory with a goal and two assists in regulation as well as a point in the shootout in Wednesday’s game.
Scoring in the game was opened up by Manitoba with a quick goal at 1:50 by Tommy Maxwell. Palushaj responded for the Bulldogs with a goal at 5:25 to tie the game, and minutes later Max Pacioretty put the ‘Dogs in the lead with a powerplay goal at 8:13. Manitoba’s Bill Sweatt would not let the lead last as he would slip one past Robert Mayer at 19:12 to tie the game at the end of the first.
That tie would not last long as Ryan Russell opened up the scoring in the second with a goal at 0:43 taking the Bulldogs into the lead once again. Bill Sweatt of the Moose would respond by scoring his second of the game at 13:11, and adding an assist at 16:18 on the power play goal by Nolan Baumgartner, his first of the season. By the end of the second period the Bulldogs trailed 4-3.
The Bulldogs would finally tie the game once again 9:26 into the third as Mathieu Carle scored his third goal of the season. The teams remained deadlocked after regulation and the overtime period, forcing a shootout between the teams for the third time in four games.
In the teams’ first two outings the Bulldogs fell to the Moose with shootout losses, but that would not happen for a third time. Aaron Palushaj, Alexander Avtsin and Ryan Russell all scored shootout goals to clinch the victory for the Bulldogs in front of a crowd of 2,842 at Copps Coliseum.
In a game the went back and forth the Bulldogs have now taken sole possession of first place in the North Division with a record of 6-1-1-2. The Bulldogs have extended their winning streak to four game and have scored at least one point in the last eight games.
The Bulldogs next game is a home-away-from-home game where the ‘Dogs host the Binghamton Senators from the Bell Centre in Montréal, Québec. Game time is at 7:30pm. Listen to the game live on 820 CHAM radio.