Edinburgh, Scotland – The Bulldogs captured the first ever Gardiner Cup Championship after winning the four-team tournament. The Hamilton Bulldogs won their third straight game in the tournament with a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies.
Hamilton opened the game’s scoring at 4:01 of the first period. Toronto starting goaltender James Reimer made the initial save on a David Desharnais shot but was unable to control the rebound. Trotter grabbed the loose puck before sending it past the glove of Reimer.
The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead at 3:02 of the second period. While on a five-on-three power play, Andre Benoit received the puck from Mikael Johansson. Benoit proceeded to blast a shot that sailed into the top corner of the net.
Dale Mitchell scored Toronto’s lone goal of the game at 4:04 of the middle stanza. Mitchell raced down the right side of the ice before releasing a slapshot that beat Hamilton starting goaltender Cedrick Desjardins through the legs.
Trotter added his second goal of the game at 10:12 of the second frame. Trotter grabbed the loose puck from a faceoff before snapping a shot that slid underneath Reimer and into the back of the net.
The Bulldogs close out their pre-season on Wednesday, September 30th when they face the Toronto Marlies at General Motors Centre at 7:00 p.m. Fans can listen to every ‘Dogs game on the flagship station of the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Network, TALK 820. Fans can also listen or watch at www.hamiltonbulldogs.com by clicking on the ‘AHL Live’ or ‘TALK 820’ icons on the Bulldogs website.