Lupul scores winner, Pielmeier makes 43 saves as Crunch down Bulldogs

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Joffrey Lupul scored the winning goal and Timo Pielmeier made 43 saves as the Syracuse Crunch beat the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-2 in American Hockey League action Sunday.

Lupul scored Syracuse’s third power-play goal of the game at 12:11 of the third period when he whacked a loose puck into Hamilton’s goal.

It was Lupul’s second game of a three-game loan spell with Syracuse. The Anaheim Ducks forward is nearing the end of a lengthy comeback from a blood infection.

Matt Beleskey and Josh Green also scored for Syracuse (7-10-4).

David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty replied for Hamilton (13-4-4), which had a three-game win streak and a six-game point streak ended. Robert Mayer made 18 saves for the Bulldogs.

The Crunch opened the scoring at 11:28 of the first period on a power play. Beleskey took a pass from Trevor Smith, then faked a pass before firing a shot that beat Mayer through his legs.

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Another power-play goal at 10:30 of the second period put Syracuse up 2-0. Mark Mitera sent a pass to Green, who carried the puck into the Bulldogs zone. Green snapped a shot from the right faceoff circle that beat Mayer low on the blocker side.

Hamilton made it 2-1 at 14:43 of the second. Pacioretty fired a shot on net that was stopped by Pielmeier, but Desharnais grabbed the rebound and backhanded it into the net.

Pacioretty tied the game 2-2 at 16:40 of the second while Hamilton was on a 5-on-3 power play. Desharnais received the puck from Frederic St. Denis before centring a pass to Pacioretty, who tapped the puck past Pielmeier.