Konopka, Lindstrom combine for 11 points as Syracuse thumps Hamilton 9-2

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – It was one of those nights for the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Zenon Konopka had two goals and three assists and Joakim Lindstrom added a goal and five assists as the Syracuse Crunch blasted the Bulldogs 9-2 in American Hockey League action Saturday night.

Konopka’s goals came 10 minutes apart in the third period, by which time Syracuse had already built a comfortable lead. The Crunch (13-15-1-1) scored three times in each period, going 2-for-5 with the man advantage while adding a short-handed goal from Adam Pineault.

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Andrew Murray, Steven Goertzen, Andrei Plekhanov and Brett Motherwell each had a goal and an assist while Tom Sestito scored the other Syracuse goal.

Ajay Baines and Greg Stewart countered for the Bulldogs (8-12-0-5), who have lost five straight.

Karl Goehring earned the victory with a 34-save performance for the Crunch.

Cedrick Desjardins and Yann Danis combined to stop 28 shots for Hamilton.