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Hamilton's Max Pacioretty scores to lead Bulldogs past Griffins 2-1

HAMILTON - Max Pacioretty scored the game winner as the Hamilton Bulldogs held off the Grand Rapids Griffins 2-1 in American Hockey League play Saturday.

The Bulldogs (8-2-3) held a 1-0 lead after Aaron Palushaj scored in the first period. Pacioretty added the eventual winner at 17:56 in the second.

Logan Pyett scored to bring the Griffins to within one at 18:33 in the third, but it was too late for Grand Rapids (7-4-3) to add another.

Hamilton goaltender Curtis Sanford stopped 22 shots, while at the other end Thomas McCollum made 18 saves.

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