Locke’s scoring record overshadowed in Bulldogs’ loss

Corey Locke is now the Hamilton Bulldogs all-time leading scorer.

Locke registered a second period goal on Saturday night (Dec. 29) giving him 180 career points (63 goals, 117 assists) to surpass former Bulldog Brian Swanson (71-108-179).

Unfortunately Locke’s personal achievement came during the Bulldogs’ 4-3 loss to the Toronto Marlies at Copps Coliseum where Hamilton’s American Hockey League record fell to 10-14-1-5 on the season, leaving them tied for fifth place, one out of the basement in the AHL’s Western Conference’s North Division. The Marlies lead the division.

Toronto got goals from John Mitchell, Robbie Earl, Alex Foster, and Kris Newbury.

Hamilton goal scorers in addition to Locke were Eric Manlow and Marvin Degon. The Bulldog’s went 0-for-3 with the man advantage and were a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. Jaroslav Halak stopped 28 of 32 shots for the Bulldogs, while his counterpart, Justin Pogge, allowed three goals on 26 shots.

Hamilton, last year Calder Cup champions, return to action on New Year’s Eve when they travel to Grand Rapids to take on the Griffins at 7 p.m. The ‘Dogs return home to Copps Coliseum on Friday, Jan. 4 with Grand Rapids visiting at 7:30 p.m.

Scoring Summary:

First period:
1. TOR – John Mitchell-10 (David Ling, Bryan Muir) – 4:20
2. TOR – Robbie Earl-10 (unassisted) – 8:51
3. HAM – Eric Manlow-4 (Francis Lemieux, Duncan Milroy) – 14:05
4. TOR – Alex Foster-7 (Kris Newbury, Bryan Muir) – 16:53

Second period:
5. HAM – Corey Locke-8 (Mathieu Aubin, Matt D’Agostini) – 9:43
6. HAM – Marvin Degon-5 (Greg Stewart) – 13:18
7. TOR – Kris Newbury-12 (Bryan Muir, Alex Foster) – 14:53

Third period:
(no scoring)

Hamilton: 8-8-10–26
Toronto: 11-11-10–32

Attendance: 6,425