The Hamilton Bulldogs let two three-goal leads slip through their gloves and it cost them a 6-5 American Hockey League overtime loss to the Toronto Marlies on Sunday (Dec. 7).
Hamilton had built a 4-1 lead by the 15.32 mark of the second period on goals by Mathieu Carle, J.T. Wyman, Yannick Weber, and Kyle Chipchura in front of 5,741 fans. Darryl Boyce, who would score the eventual game winner in OT on a penalty shot, replied for the Marlies to make the score 4-1.
Boyd Devereaux would make it 4-2 with 22 seconds left in the second period. But Sean Belle restored the Bulldogs three-goal margin just 53 seconds into the final period. The visitors to Copps Coliseum would get goals from Jiri Tlusty, Ben Ondrus, and Alex Foster to force overtime. Two of those goals came on the powerplay, giving the Marlies three on the night from the four opportunities they had while the Bulldogs capitalized on two of their six chances.
On the bright side, Carle’s powerplay goal at 4.21 of the first period triggered an avalanche of stuffed toys, 1,873 to be exact. The game was the Bulldogs’ 11th annual Stuffed Toy Toss Night. Spectators are asked to bring a stuffed toy to the game and they are thrown onto the ice after the Bulldogs first goal.
Wyman’s goal, which gave Hamilton a 2-0 lead, was his first of the season.
Hamilton goalie Cedrick Desjardins made 14 saves on 20 shots while Marlies’ netminder Justin Pogge turned aside 27 of the 32 shots he handled.
Chipchura had a goal and an assist to extend his point streak to five games.
Boyce’s penalty shot goal that decided the contest came with just 29 seconds left in the game.
Hamilton resumes AHL play on Thursday (Dec. 11) when the Peoria Rivermen comes to Copps for a 7:30 p.m. match-up. On Sunday, Dec. 14 they have a return engagement with the Marlies at Toronto’s Ricoh Coliseum at 4 p.m.