‘Dogs going to the dogs with ninth straight AHL loss

Records are meant to be broken, so the saying goes, but this is one achievement the Hamilton Bulldogs would rather have avoided.

With their 3-1 loss to the Toronto Marlies on Saturday, the Bulldogs set a franchise record of nine straight American Hockey League defeats. Hamilton’s previous franchise-long losing streak was eight games from Nov. 6-21 during the 2004-2005 season. The ‘Dogs record now drops to 31-30-3-5 through 69 games on the campaign.

Hamilton was on its way to setting a new low when Toronto opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 13:39 of the first period. Bates Battaglia’s ninth tally of the campaign gave the Marlies a lead they would never surrender.

David Ling upped the margin to two goals just 3:22 into the middle stanza with his 13th marker of the season. Hamilton got onto the score sheet four minutes later thanks to Brock Trotter’s second goal of the season. The Marlies completed the scoring at the 15:16 mark of the final frame with Robbie Earl’s counter that beat Cedrick Desjardins, making his second straight start.

Desjardins stopped 27 of the 30 Marlies shots he faced while Scott Clemmensen made 29 saves on 30 shots to pick up the win for Toronto. The Bulldogs went 0-for-5 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill.

The Bulldogs return to action on Wednesday, March 26 at 7:05 p.m. when they travel to Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton to take on the Senators. Fans can listen to every Bulldogs game on 820 CHAM. All broadcasts begin with a pre-game show 20 minutes prior to faceoff.

The Bulldogs next home game is on Saturday, April 5 at 7 p.m. when they host the Lake Erie Monsters at Copps Coliseum.

Scoring Summary

First period
1. TOR – Bates Battaglia-9 (Brent Aubin, Derrick Walser) – 13:39 (pp)

Second period
2. TOR – David Ling-13 (unassisted) – 3:22
3. HAM – Brock Trotter-2 (Conrad Martin, Corey Locke) – 7:25

Third period
4. TOR – Robbie Earl-13 (Brent Aubin) – 15:16

Hamilton: 8-8-14
Toronto: 10-8-12

Attendance: 4,309