Marlies pepper Bulldogs’ Halak for narrow AHL win

The Hamilton Bulldogs were edged 3-2 by the Toronto Marlies on Saturday night at Ricoh Coliseum. With the loss, Hamilton’s American Hockey League record drops to 3-4-0-1 on the season.

Toronto opened the scoring at 2:37 of the first period when Michel Leveille notched his second tally of the season.
Eric Manlow responded for Hamilton six minutes later with a power-play goal. Marvin Degon and Sergei Kostitsyn earned assists on Manlow’s first goal of the campaign.

The teams exchanged goals in the second period. The Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead at the 8:54 mark when Cory Urquhart took a pass from Duncan Milroy and beat goaltender Scott Clemmensen. At 16:10, the Marlies evened the score 2-2 with a power-play goal from Staffan Kronwall. The goal came just 45 seconds after the Bulldogs had killed off the first penalty of a two-man advantage.

At 3:31 of the third period, Kris Newbury scored a shorthanded goal that would stand as the winner. Former Bulldog Bryan Muir earned the lone assist.

Between the pipes, Jaroslav Halak made 37 saves on 40 shots and recorded the loss for the Bulldogs. Clemmensen picked up the win by stopping 14 of 16 shots.

Hamilton went 1-for-8 on the power play while Toronto was 1-for-7 with the man advantage.