Lessard scores two third-period goals to lead Hartford over Hamilton 3-2

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HARTFORD, Conn. - Francis Lessard scored twice in a two-minute span in the third period to lead the Hartford Wolf Pack to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday in AHL action.

Andrew Hutchinson scored Hartford's other goal and Hugh Jessiman assisted on both of Lessard's goals.

Marvin Degon and Sergei Kostitsyn scored for Hamilton, while Corey Locke had two assists as the Bulldogs dropped to 4-7-0-3 on the season.

Locke's two assists leave him 12 points shy of overtaking Brian Swanson as Hamilton's all-time leading scorer.

Al Montoya turned aside 28 of 30 shots to pick up the win, while Jaroslav Halak stopped 37 of 40 shots for Hamilton in the loss.

Hamilton opened the scoring on the power play at 9:19 of the first period when Degon potted his second goal of the season.

The Wolf Pack (9-6-0-1) tied the score at 1 at 5:59 of the third courtesy of Hutchinson's fourth goal of the season.

Kostitsyn then gave Hamilton the lead again just two minutes later with a one-timer that beat Montoya.

That goal set the stage for Lessard's heroics later in the period.

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