The Hamilton Bulldogs earned their first shootout victory of the season, 2-1, over the Marlies at Toronto’s Ricoh Coliseum. Marc Denis made 30 saves and stopped three of five shooters in the showdown to lead the Bulldogs to the American Hockey League win Sunday (Nov. 2).
The win was Hamilton’s fourth straight, matching their longest stretch this season when they started the new campaign with a quartet of victories. Hamilton leads the North Conference’s West division by one point over the Manitoba Moose, who have a game in hand.
Through 40 minutes both teams were held scoreless as Denis and Toronto goaltender Justin Pogge held the spotlights. Denis faced the Marlies’ power-play unit six times in the two stanzas but Toronto was unable to score after peppering him with 23 shots through the first two periods.
David Desharnais scored the first goal of the game at 7:16 of the final frame to give Hamilton the lead. Ryan Flinn sent a pass to Desharnais who circled out from the right side boards and released a shot towards the net. The puck travelled through traffic in front of the net before squeezing through the pads of Pogge.
The Marlies tied the game while on the power play five minutes later when Jeremy Williams scored.
Hamilton gained a two-man advantage for 1:38 late in the third period but was unable to score.
With nothing decided after the extra period, the teams headed to a shootout. Tim Stapleton scored first for Toronto while Yanick Lehoux potted a goal in the second round. Denies denied Jiri Tlusty before Brent Aubin beat the netminder in the third round. Mike Glumac scored to tie the shootout goals at two in the fourth round. Denis denied the final two shooters for the Marlies while Max Pacioretty scored for the Bulldogs in the fifth round for the win.
Hamilton is host the Houston Aeros on Friday (Nov. 7) at 7:30 p.m. and welcomes the Marlies to Copps Coliseum the next night at 7 p.m.