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Halak continues brilliant play, making 35 saves as Bulldogs beat IceHogs

ROCKFORD, Ill. - Jaroslav Halak came within 1:14 of his second consecutive shutout to lead the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 2-1 win over the Rockford IceHogs in American Hockey League action on Wednesday night.

Halak made 35 saves on 36 shots. Troy Brouwer stopped Halak's shutout streak at 143:53 with his team-leading 16th goal of the season late in the game. Matt D'Agostini and Mathieu Carle scored for Hamilton (12-14-1-5).

After a scoreless first period, Matt D'Agostini gave Hamilton a 1-0 lead at 10:54 of the second. D'Agostini walked into Rockford's zone and snapped a high wrist shot past netminder Corey Crawford.

The Bulldogs went up 2-0 about three minutes later when D'Agostini set up Mathieu Carle's eventual game-winning goal.

Rockford out shot Hamilton 36-18 in the game and 16-4 in the third period, but the Bulldogs hung on for the 2-1 victory.

Neither team was successful on the power play, as the Bulldogs were 0-for-2 and the IceHogs went 0-for-4 with the man advantage.

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