’Dogs force Marlies to shootout in losing season opener


200px-hamilton_bulldogsThe Hamilton Bulldogs dropped their American Hockey League season opener, but it took overtime and finally a shootout before the Toronto Marlies could lay claim to a 3-2 win. J.T. Wyman and Brock Trotter scored for the Bulldogs while Curtis Sanford made 27 saves in the loss at the Ricoh Coliseum on Sunday.

Hamilton opened the game’s scoring at 16:22 of the first period. Andrew Conboy’s shot was stopped by Toronto goaltender Joey MacDonald who couldn’t turn aside Wyman after he pounced upon the loose rebound. Maxime Lacroix also earned an assist on the goal. Toronto, however, wasted little time to balance the scoresheet and 16 seconds after the Bulldogs’ goal Kyle Rogers used a backhand shot to beat Sanford.

The ‘Dogs regained the lead at 13:30 of the second period while on a 4-on-3 power play. Andre Benoit sent the puck to Trotter, who was positioned at the left side of the net and snapped a shot that beat MacDonald.

The Marlies tied the game 2-2 at 12:11 of the final frame on a Ben Ondrus goal.

Neither team could score in the extra period which set up the shootout. Trotter and Mathieu Darche scored for Hamilton while Jiri Tlusty, Tyler Bozak, Andre Deveaux and Alex Foster beat Sanford to win the game for the Marlies.

Hamilton outshot the Marlies 34-30.

The Bulldogs host their 2009-10 home opener on Friday (Oct. 9) at 7:30 p.m. when they welcome the Rockford IceHogs to Copps Coliseum. Fans can listen to every ‘Dogs game on TALK 820 radio or listen or watch at www.hamiltonbulldogs.com by clicking on the ‘AHL Live’ or ‘TALK 820’ icons on the Bulldogs website.