Marlies stymie Bulldogs to spoil perfect weekend

Three games in three nights was apparently too much for the Hamilton Bulldogs.

Bulldog Kyle Chipchura (17) is unwelcomed by Marlie defender Karel Pilar and goalie Justin Pogge. (Photo: Ron Bernardo)
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After starting the weekend with wins on Friday and Saturday, the ‘Dogs were 4-1 victims at the hands of the Toronto Marlies on Sunday (April 1) at Copps Coliseum.

Playing in front of a season-high crowd of 8,393, Hamilton opened the scoring 2:49 into the first frame when Corey Locke collected his 19th goal of the season with Mathieu Biron and Matt D’Agostini assisting.

However, the Marlies scored two power-play goals to take a 2-1 lead into the first intermission. Alex Foster and Staffan Kronwall beat starting netminder Phillipe Sauve. Kronwall and Karel Pilar earned assists on the first marker, while Colin Murphy and Brent Aubin registered helpers on the latter score.

Toronto’s third power-play goal of the game came just 1:50 into the middle stanza and chased Sauve from the Hamilton net in favour of Yann Danis. Brett Engelhardt and Foster were the marksmen.

Hamilton was 0-for-7 on the power play, while the Marlies went 3-for-7 with the extra-man.

Sauve played 42 minutes and was charged with the loss while stopping 22 of 25 shots. Danis made seven saves on eight shots. Sauve returned to complete the third period. Marlies goalkeeper Justin Pogge made 20 saves on 21 shots for the win.

The next Bulldogs American Hockey League game is on Thursday (April 5) at 7:30 p.m. when they battle the Syracuse Crunch at Copps