It took a major penalty, a goalie without a stick, an overtime period, a shootout and patience, but the Hamilton Bulldogs took a 5-4 win away from the Toronto Marlies on Friday night.
With just 36 seconds left in regulation time and 29 seconds left in Marlies’ Jeremy Williams five-minute and game misconduct kneeing infraction, Kyle Chipchura scored the game-tying goal that sent the American Hockey League game into overtime.
After a scoreless five minute OT session, Cory Urquart and Mikhail Garbovski scored in the shootout that sent most of the 7,647 spectators home happy. The win also extended Hamilton’s point streak to a season-high 11-games (9-0-1-1) and improved the Bulldogs record to 32-18-2-2, leaving them in second place, three points back of the Rochester Americans and one point ahead of the Manitoba Moose.
Hamilton opened the scoring on the power play – one of five goals in total to be scored by both teams while enjoying the man advantage – when Mathieu Biron notched his sixth goal of the season at 4:26 of the first period.
The Marlies jumped in front with two goals in 51 seconds of the opening frame to make the score 2-1. Brett Engelhardt (7:48) with the extra-man and Colin Murphy (8:39) were the goal scorers.
The teams then exchanged goals in a span of 2:09, still in the first frame. Duncan Milroy netted his 23rd of the season to even the count at 2-2 at 10:39 on the power play. Williams then restored the Marlies lead at 12:48 with his fourth tally of the campaign.
Hamilton would even matters before the end of the opening frame when Corey Locke snapped home a Dan Jancevski rebound for his 15th goal of the year. Chipchura earned his second assist of the night on the goal that tied the score 3-3.
Toronto took the lead when Williams tipped in a Brad Leeb point shot past goalie Yann Danis at 11:22 of the middle stanza.
Chipchura then scored his ninth goal of the season on a power play to send the game to overtime. He skated across the front of the net, held onto the puck before picking the upper right corner while a stickless Pogge made a vain stab at the quick wrist shot. Alexander Suglobov was the only the Marlies shooter to score on Danis.
Danis stopped 29 of the 33 shots he faced to earn his 16th win of the season for Hamilton, while Toronto’s netminder Justin Pogge made 28 saves of 32 shots in a losing effort.
The ‘Dogs return to action on Sunday (Feb. 18) when they travel to Hershey to face off against the Bears at 5:00 p.m. Fans can listen to the game on 820 CHAM.
Hamilton’s next home game is on Friday (Feb. 23) at 7:30 p.m. when they host the Syracuse Crunch at Copps Coliseum.