Marlies show no mercy in thrashing Bulldogs, 7-1

The Hamilton Bulldogs were humbled 7-1 by the Toronto Marlies in front of 7,163 fans at Copps Coliseum on Saturday (Feb. 28). The loss was the first time the Bulldogs have lost by more than three goals this American Hockey League season.

The Marlies opened the game’s scoring at 7:52 of the first frame. Ryan Hamilton deflected a shot past Hamilton starting goaltender Marc Denis and 18 seconds later Hamilton struck again for his 11th goal of the season.

The Marlies went three goals up at 18:08. While on the power play, Anton Stralman’s shot’s was tipped by Jiri Tlusty and that basically was the night for Denis who was replaced by Cedrick Desjardins to start the second period.

Desjardins denied Hamilton a third goal after the Marlie was awarded a penalty shot at 7:12 of the period. Hamilton fired a shot but Desjardins gloved the puck out of mid-air.

The Bulldogs were then given a penalty shot six minutes later after Ben Maxwell was hooked on a breakaway. Maxwell, too, was turned aside by Toronto goaltender Adam Munro. This was the first time in a Bulldogs’ game that both teams were awarded a penalty shot.

Just 15 seconds later, at 13.29, the Bulldogs got on the scoreboard when Maxwell fed a pass to Sergei Kostitsyn. Kostitsyn one-timed the puck past Munro for his first AHL goal of the season since he was sent down by the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens. Newcomer Mark Van Guilder also earned an assist on the goal, his first-career AHL point.

Jeremy Williams restored the Marlies three-goal margin at 18:03. Toronto took a 5-1 lead at 8:24 of the final frame when Stefano Giliati beat Desjardins. Just over a minute later the Marlies added their sixth goal. Jaime Sifers hammered a shot on net that was tipped by Alex Foster in front of the goal. While on the power play, Stralman completed the Marlies scoring at 13:33.

The Marlies outshot the Bulldogs, 37-24. Toronto was three-for-eight on the power play while the Bulldogs could not capitalize on two, man advantage situations.