HAMILTON – Defenceman Yannick Weber scored with 40 seconds left in regulation to lead the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 5-4 win over the Syracuse Crunch in American Hockey League action Wednesday.
Weber fired a shot inside the far post past Crunch goaltender Timo Pielmeier to seal the win for the Bulldogs, who trailed 3-1 early in the third period.
Max Pacioretty, Kyle Klubertanz, Andrew Conboy and J.T. Wyman also scored for Hamilton.
Kyle Palmieri scored his first career hat trick for the Crunch. Brandon McMillan also scored while Nick Bonino and Brett Festerling each added two assists.
The Crunch had a fast start and jumped out to a 2-0 lead inside the game’s first five and a half minutes.
Palmieri opened the scoring just 1:53 in when Bonino fed him the puck in front of the net, and he beat Hamilton goalie Robert Mayer to give Syracuse the early 1-0 lead.
The Crunch made it 2-1 just 3:21 later, this time on the power play with Hamilton’s Mathieu Carle in the box for hooking. Palmieri took a pass from Festerling and fired a wrist shot from the slot into the back of the net to make it 2-0.
Hamilton made it 2-1 before the first period was over when Pacioretty redirected a Frederic St. Denis point shot past Pielmeier at the 12:33 mark.
The Crunch appeared to have the game under control when McMillan scored his third goal of the season after swatting in a backhand from the slot to make it 3-1 just 35 seconds into the third period.
Hamilton scored the next three goals to take a 4-3 lead in a span of less than five minutes, starting at the 12:04 mark when Klubertanz beat a down and out Pielmeier from the high slot on a broken play to cut it to 3-2.
Conboy added his third of the season for Hamilton just 1:33 later when his second effort hit the shaft of his stick, deflected off the crossbar and trickled over the goal-line to tie the game at 3-3.
Hamilton took its first lead of the game on the power play just over three minutes later when Wyman capitalized on a wide open net. The Crunch momentarily tied the game again when Palmieri scored on a scramble in front of the net for his third of the game at the 17:18 mark.