The Hamilton Bulldogs’ undefeated streak has ended at four. A 4-3 overtime loss to Hamilton’s North Division rivals, the Toronto Marlies, stopped the Bulldogs hot start to the American Hockey League schedule.
Yanick Lehoux’s and Matt D’Agostini’s three-point nights were not enough for the Bulldogs who visited the Ricoh Coliseum.
The Marlies netted the first power-play goal of the season against the Bulldogs at 11:02 of the opening stanza. Juha Uotila blasted a shot from the point that was tipped by Andre Deveaux past Hamilton goalie Cedrick Desjardins. Toronto increased its lead to two goals with Mark Bell’s first marker of the season five minutes later, also a power-play effort.
Hamilton cut the lead to one while shorthanded at 7:55 of the second stanza when Lehoux beat Justin Pogge.
The Bulldogs took the lead with two goals to start the third period. Chad Anderson tied the game 2-2 at 6:54 with his first goal of the season. D’Agostini sent a pass to Anderson who ripped a shot that caught Pogge by surprise and sailed over his left shoulder.
Lehoux gave the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead at 9:41 with his second goal of the game and team-leading fourth goal of the season. Toronto knotted the game with a third power-play marker at 11:20. Jeremy Williams rifled a shot that beat Desjardins.
The game went to extra minutes where Williams scored again at 4:13 of the extra frame.
The Bulldogs travel to Grand Rapids for a match-up with the Griffins on Saturday (Oct. 25) at 7 p.m. The ‘Dogs return to Copps Coliseum the following day for a 4 p.m. battle with the Quad City Flames.
The game can be heard on 820 CHAM or at www.hamiltonbulldogs.com.