The Hamilton Bulldogs fell 4-2 to the Toronto Marlies on Friday night (Jan. 30) at Ricoh Coliseum. Tim Stapleton recorded two goals and an assist to lead the Marlies to the American Hockey League victory.
Toronto opened the game’s scoring at 6:05 of the first frame. Jiri Tlusty tipped the puck out of mid-air and past Hamilton goaltender Cedrick Desjardins.
Hamilton tied the game 1-1 while on the power play at 10:09 of the second stanza. David Desharnais sent a pass to Mike Glumac, who was positioned in the right corner. Glumac skated to the front of the net before flicking a backhand shot past the blocker of Toronto goaltender Justin Pogge. The goal was Glumac’s team-leading 20th of the season.
Kyle Rogers restored the Marlies lead less than two minutes later. Desjardins stopped a Darryl Boyce shot but was unable to contain the rebound which Rogers whacked into the net. Stapleton added a goal at 16:54 to give Toronto a 3-1 lead to take into the dressing room.
After two periods, Hamilton had managed only eight shots on net, five in the first period and three in the second. The Bulldogs would finish the night with 20 shots on Justin Pogge. Desjardins was tested 39 times.
Stapleton added his second goal of the game at 9:05 of the third stanza.
The Bulldogs added a power-play marker at 14:27 of the final frame. Mathieu Carle picked up a rebound and passed the puck to Brock Trotter who scored.
A crowd of 3,921 took in the game.
The Bulldogs travel to Cleveland to battle the Lake Erie Monsters tonight (Saturday) at 7:30. Fans can listen to the game on 820 CHAM.