The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Toronto Marlies 5-1 on Sunday night at Copps Coliseum. Five different Bulldogs players recorded two-point nights as Hamilton won its fifth consecutive American Hockey League game before a crowd of 4,633.
The Marlies lit the scoreboard first with the only goal of the opening period at 14:43. Tim Brent snapped a shot over the glove of Hamilton goaltender Curtis Sanford.
Hamilton tied the game at 4:32 of the second stanza while on a power play. David Desharnais’s initial shot was stopped by goaltender Joey MacDonald but the rebound bounced onto the stick of Ben Maxwell, who deposited the puck into the net. Hamilton took a 2-1 lead eight minutes later. Brock Trotter released a shot from the right faceoff circle. MacDonald made the save but could not control the rebound, which Mike Glumac converted into a goal.
P.K. Subban made the game 3-1 at 13:46 while on the power play. Andre Benoit passed to Trotter who relayed to Subban who redirected the puck through the legs of MacDonald.
Hamilton took a 4-1 lead just 65 seconds into the final frame. Glumac fed a pass to Desharnais, who raced past a Marlies’ defender to earn a breakaway. Desharnais used a forehand-to-backhand move before depositing the puck behind MacDonald. Ryan White added an empty net goal at 15:14. White chipped the puck past a Toronto player and sped down the ice before sliding the puck into the empty net.
Toronto had a slight edge in shots on net, 29-25.
The Bulldogs host the Adirondack Phantoms on Wednesday (March 3) at 7:30 p.m. at Copps Coliseum. Fans can listen to every ‘Dogs game on 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.