Pacioretty leads the way in Bulldogs AHL win over Marlies

The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Toronto Marlies 3-1 on Wednesday night (Feb. 24) at Copps Coliseum. Max Pacioretty produced a three-point night to lead the ‘Dogs to the American Hockey League victory.

Following a scoreless first frame, the Bulldogs opened the scoring 42 seconds into the second period. Pacioretty stripped the puck off a Marlies’ defender before skating in alone on Toronto goaltender James Reimer. Pacioretty used a forehand-to-backhand move before depositing the puck behind the goaltender.

The Marlies tied the game nine minutes later. Viktor Stalberg received the puck from Ryan Stokes before dishing a pass to Greg Scott, who was alone in front of the net. Scott ripped a shot that beat goaltender Curtis Sanford.

Ryan White gave Hamilton a 2-1 lead at 17:04 of the stanza. He received the puck from Pacioretty while at the right side of the net before firing a shot towards the net that bounced off a Toronto defender’s leg and across the goal line.

Ryan Hamilton was awarded a penalty shot at 12:49 when he was hooked down on a breakaway. Hamilton could not score however as Sanford made the save when he stuck his right pad out.

The Bulldogs sealed the win with an empty-net marker at 19:10. Mike Glumac chipped the puck to Ben Maxwell, who skated in alone before firing a shot into the empty net.

Hamilton outshot their guests, 34-23, before a crowd of 3,298.

The Bulldogs next host the Rochester Americans for a game on Saturday (Feb. 27) at 7 p.m. at Copps Coliseum.