Bulldogs rally falls short in loss to Marlies

The Hamilton Bulldogs were defeated by the Toronto Marlies 4-3 on Saturday night in Toronto. Yannick Weber assisted on all three goals but the ‘Dogs could not take a lead in the game as they lost to their American Hockey league North Division archrivals. Hamilton leads the division while the Marlies hold down the cellar.

The Marlies opened the game’s scoring at 4:55 of the first frame when Justin Hodgman one-timed a shot past Hamilton goaltender Cedrick Desjardins. Just under five minutes later, Toronto took a 2-0 lead while on a power play. Tim Brent finished a three-way passing play by depositing the puck behind Desjardins.

Curtis Sanford replaced Cedrick Desjardins following this goal.

While on a power play, the Marlies scored to take a 3-0 lead one minute into the second stanza. Viktor Stalberg found a rebound on his stick and promptly put the puck behind a sprawled Sanford.

The ’Dogs got on the scoreboard at 5:40 of the middle frame. Ryan White sent a backhand pass to Ben Maxwell, who was stationed at the top of the right faceoff circle. Maxwell rifled a shot that sailed over the glove of Toronto goaltender Joey MacDonald.

The Marlies regained their three-goal lead less than two minutes later. Christian Hanson scored for the Marlies.

While on a 5-on-3 power play, David Desharnais cut Toronto’s lead in half at 18:02 of the second stanza. Desharnais sent a pass to Weber, who proceeded to set P.K. Subban up for a one-time shot. Subban blasted a shot from the point that bounced off a player’s skate and onto the stick of Desharnais. Desharnais fired the puck past a sprawled MacDonald.

Greg Stewart made the game 4-3 at 2:25 of the final period. Weber‘s slap shot was stopped by MacDonald but Stewart grabbed the loose puck before sliding it past the goaltender and into the net.

Hamilton outshot Toronto 28-26. Attendance was 7,084.

The Bulldogs will travel to Rockford to take on the IceHogs at 8:05 p.m. on Wednesday (Jan. 27). Fans can listen to every ‘Dogs game TALK 82 radio.