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David van der Gulik scored twice in the final 3:54 of the second period, propelling the Lake Erie Monsters (25-27-0-6) to a 4-1 victory over the Hamilton Bulldogs (25-28-0-4) Sunday afternoon at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. Matt Hunwick and Michael Schumacher also scored for the Monsters, while Karl Stollery added a pair of assists. Calvin Pickard made 24 saves in the win for the Monsters, who visit Charlotte on Saturday night in their next game.

Christian Thomas scored the only goal of the first period, giving Hamilton a 1-0 lead at the 15:55 mark when he one-timed a Sven Andrighetto pass from the high slot past Monsters goalie Calvin Pickard.

David van der Gulik tied the game at 1-1 for the Monsters when he snapped a shot from the right circle that beat Hamilton goalie Devan Dubnyk at 16:06 of the second period, with assists to Karl Stollery and Matt Hunwick. With 49 seconds left in the second period, van der Gulik struck again when he one-timed a pass from Andrew Agozzino in the slot past Dubnyk to give the Monsters a 2-1 lead. Brad Malone also assisted on the goal, which increased van der Gulik’s season total to eight tallies.

The Monsters added another pair of goals in the third period; the first of which was Matt Hunwick’s power play goal from the left circle at the 9:11 mark, assisted by van der Gulik and Stollery. The goal was the 10th of the season for Hunwick.

Michael Schumacher capitalized following a Hamilton defensive zone turnover at 13:45 of the third period, taking a pass from Colin Smith, streaking through the right circle, and slipping a puck low to beat Dubnyk, extending the Monsters lead to 4-1.

Calvin Pickard is 15-15-4 on the season after a win in which he stopped 24 of 25 Hamilton shots. Dubnyk is 0-2-0 for Hamilton this season after stopping 21 of 25 shots.

The Monsters are back on the ice Saturday at 7:00 PM in Charlotte against the Checkers; a game that airs live on AM 1220 WHKW.

NOTES: Stollery’s two assists give him a four-game assist streak and six helpers over his last six games… Smith was plus-one, and he has been even or plus in the plus/minus department in his last 11 games… The Monsters are 2-2-0-0 in March… The Monsters are 4-3-0-2 against Hamilton this season… The Monsters are 13-11-0-5 against the North Division… Sven Andrighetto’s seond period penalty shot against Pickard was the first penalty shot Pickard has faced this season; Pickard stopped the shot… The Monsters were 2-6 on the power play and Hamilton was 0-4 on the man-advantage.


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