The Hamilton Bulldogs snapped a franchise-long seven-game pointless streak with a 3-2 overtime loss to the Toronto Marlies on Friday night at Copps Coliseum. With the loss, Hamilton’s eighth straight, the Bulldogs tied their franchise-long losing streak set on Nov. 6-to-21 during the 2004-2005 season. The ‘Dogs record now drops to 31-29-3-5 through 68 games on the campaign.
After a scoreless opening period, Kyle Chipchura struck first for the Bulldogs with an unassisted shorthanded goal at 13:12 of the middle stanza. Toronto evened the score just 20 seconds into the third period when former ‘Dog Bryan Muir notched his second goal of the season.
The Bulldogs took a 2-1 lead at 8:15 on the power play courtesy of Daniel Corso’s seventh goal of the season. Jaime Sifers responded for Toronto with just 1:11 left in regulation play with his first marker of the campaign.
Colin Murphy notched the overtime game-winning goal for the Marlies at 3:51 of the extra frame. The unassisted goal was Murphy’s 10th of the season.
Between the pipes, Cedrick Desjardins made 40 saves on 43 shots for Hamilton, while Pogge stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced.
The Bulldogs won the special teams battle, going 1-for-8 on the power play and a perfect 7-for-7 on the penalty kill with a shorthanded goal.
The Bulldogs return to action Saturday (March 22) at 7 p.m. when they travel to Ricoh Coliseum in Toronto to take on the Marlies in a rematch. The Bulldogs next home game is on Saturday (April 5) at 7 p.m. when they host the Lake Erie Monsters at Copps Coliseum.
1. HAM – Kyle Chipchura-8 (unassisted) – 13:12 (sh)
2. TOR – Bryan Muir-2 (Andy Wozniewski, Peter Tsimikalis) – 0:20
3. HAM – Daniel Corso-7 (Matt D’Agostini, Mathieu Biron) – 8:15 (pp)
4. TOR – Jaime Sifers-1 (Colin Murphy, Robbie Earl) – 18:49
5. TOR – Colin Murphy-10 (unassisted) – 3:51