Lack of power costly to Bulldogs

An inability to score on the power play and an inability to defend against it cost the Hamilton Bulldogs on Sunday (March 8).

The visiting Marlies scored three times with the man advantage and the Bulldogs were toothless in five opportunities in losing 4-3 to Toronto in American Hockey League play at Copps Coliseum. The defeat stopped the Bulldogs win streak at four games. With the loss Hamilton has 80 points and sits third in the Western Conference’s North Division while the Marlies are fourth, nine points back.

Jeremy Williams scored three goals to lead the Marlies to their win.

The ‘Dogs opened the scoring with a shorthanded marker at 16:00 of the first period. Sergei Kostitsyn and Ben Maxwell earned assists on the goal against goaltender Justin Pogge.

Toronto tied the game at 2:27 of the second stanza on Williams’s first marker on the power play. In beating Cedrick Desjardins, the score ended Desjardins’ shutout streak at 148:35, only 10:04 shy of the Bulldogs franchise record for the longest shutout streak by a team and a goaltender.

Hamilton regained the lead just 18 seconds later. Mike Glumac raced down the right side boards before firing a shot that sailed over the glove of Pogge. Brock Trotter and David Desharnais earned assists on the goal.

The Marlies tied the game 2-2 at 17:37 of the period when Ryan Hamilton scored.

The Bulldogs took a 3-2 lead at 1:44 of the final frame. Dan Jancevski received the puck from Ryan Russell before hammering a shot on net that was tipped by J.T. Wyman.
While on the power play, Williams tied the game 3-3. Williams scored his hat-trick goal at 16:06 while on the power play.

Kyle Chipchura was awarded a penalty shot at 19:36 in the middle stanza but was unable to beat Pogge.

Hamilton was out shot 32-21.

The Bulldogs continue their five-game home stand on Friday (March 13) when they are hosts to the Manitoba Moose at 7:30 p.m. Fans can listen to every ‘Dogs game on the flagship station of the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Network, TALK 820.