The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Toronto Marlies 4-3 on Friday night (Feb. 20) at Ricoh Coliseum. David Desharnais recorded two goals to lead the Bulldogs to their American Hockey League victory.
Hamilton opened the game’s scoring just 3:45 into the first period. Trotter fed a pass to Desharnais, who beat Toronto goaltender James Reimer. Just under five minutes later, the hosts tied the contest when Anton Stralman’s shot deflected off a Hamilton defender’s stick and past goaltender Marc Denis.
Toronto took a 2-1 lead at 10:33 when Ryan Hollweg scored. Williams gave the Marlies a 3-1 lead at 15:12 with a power-play goal. Andre Deveaux passed the puck to Alex Foster, who sent a cross-crease pass to Williams. Williams one-timed the puck past a sprawling Denis.
The Bulldogs cut the lead to one at 4:11 of the second period. Ryan O’Byrne skated down the right side boards from the point before blasting a shot towards the net. The puck bounced off a Marlies defender’s leg and past Reimer. Ryan White and Dan Jancevski earned assists on the goal.
Hamilton tied the game 3-3 at 5:11 of the final frame. Jancevski received the puck in front of the net before firing a shot that was stopped by Reimer. J.T. Wyman raced to the loose puck before snapping a shot over Reimer’s glove.
The Bulldogs’ winning goal came at12:38 when Yanick Lehoux relayed Trotter’s pass to Desharnais who waited patiently before wristing a shot past Reimer.
The Bulldogs return to Copps Coliseum tonight (Saturday) when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins visit for a 7 p.m. game.