Yanick Lehoux scores, adds assist as Bulldogs down Phantoms 4-2

HAMILTON – Yanick Lehoux had a goal and an assist as the Hamilton Bulldogs beat the Philadelphia Phantoms 4-2 in the American Hockey League on Tuesday.

Steve Gainey and T.J. Kemp scored in their Hamilton debuts, while David Desharnais also scored for the Bulldogs (22-12-2-0).

Sean Curry and Patrick Maroon scored for the Phantoms (19-16-1-1), who have now gone seven games without a win after winning seven straight from Dec. 6-20.

The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead 6:12 into the first period. Mike Glumac’s shot from point-blank range was stopped by Philadelphia goaltender Michael Teslak, but Desharnais was able to put home the rebound to give Hamilton the early advantage.

Hamilton went up 2-0 during a power play with 3:04 remaining in the period. Lehoux skated into the right circle and blasted a slapshot over the glove of Teslak that grazed the bottom of the crossbar as it went in.

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Curry pulled the Phantoms within a goal just over six minutes into the second period when he beat Hamilton goaltender Loic Lacasse on a power play.

The Bulldogs answered with 7:25 left in the second period with their second power play goal. Teslak stopped Tomas Beauregard’s point-blank shot, but Gainey was able to push his way free in the right side of the crease and poke home the rebound.

Kemp made it 4-1 with a blast from the left circle.

The Phantoms erased one of the goals with just over 45 seconds left to play. Matt Clackson’s one-timer bounced off Lacasse and right back to Maroon, who converted the rebound to make it 4-2 and close out the scoring.

Teslak stopped 34 of 38 in taking the loss, while Lacasse earned the win with 19 saves on 21 shots.