Bulldogs’ defence shuts down Marlies for 3-1 AHL win

Duncan Milroy had a goal and two assists, Mikhail Grabovski had two goals, and the Hamilton Bulldogs allowed a season-low 15 shots in a 3-1 win over the Toronto Marlies on Sunday afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum. With the win, the Bulldogs extended their season-high point streak to seven games and improved their record to 29-21-2-5 on the season.

The Bulldogs opened the scoring at 11:19 of the first period when Milroy beat goaltender Scott Clemmensen for his 14th goal of the season. Toronto tied the contest with Alex Foster’s shorthanded marker at 13:41. Less than two minutes later. Mikhail Grabovski restored the Bulldogs lead with his seventh goal in this American Hockey League campaign, scoring on the powerplay.

During a scoreless middle stanza, the Bulldogs tied a franchise record by allowing only one shot on goal. The club had set the mark in the first period of a 1-0 win against the Hershey Bears on Feb. 6, 2002.

Grabovski sealed Hamilton’s 3-1 win with an empty-net goal with just 29 seconds remaining in the final frame.

Between the pipes, Jaroslav Halak stopped 14 of 15 shots, while Clemmensen made 25 saves on 27 shots in a losing effort for the Marlies.

Hamilton went 1-for-4 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill. The ‘Dogs also out shot the Baby Leafs in all three periods and by a 28-to-15 mark overall.

The Marlies welcomed a franchise record crowd of 8,120 fans at Ricoh Coliseum for the game. The defending Calder Cup champion Bulldogs return to the ice on Wednesday (Feb. 27) at Copps Coliseum for a 7.30 p.m. game against the Grand Rapids Griffins.

Scoring summary

First period
1. HAM – Duncan Milroy-14 (Ajay Baines, Kyle Chipchura) – 11:19
2. TOR – Alex Foster-11 (unassisted) – 13:41 (sh)
3. HAM – Mikhail Grabovski-7 (Duncan Milroy, Mathieu Carle) – 15:06 (pp)

Second period
(no scoring)

Third period
4. HAM – Mikhail Grabovski-8 (Duncan Milroy) – 19:31 (en)

Hamilton: 12-7-9–28
Toronto: 7-1-7–15

Attendance: 8,120