Bulldogs make it nine in a row


The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Toronto Marlies 3-2 in overtime in a matchup of American Hockey league rivals.

Yannick Weber scored in overtime to lead the ‘Dogs to their ninth straight win, tying the team’s franchise record for a winning streak, despite the visiting Marlies getting on the scoreboard first at 4:57 of the opening period while on the powerplay.

Brendan Mikkelson one-timed a shot to beat Hamilton goaltender Curtis Sanford.

The Bulldogs tied the game 11 minutes later with their own power-play goal. David Desharnais received a pass from Grant Stevenson before firing a shot on net that was stopped by Toronto goalie James Reimer. Desharnais grabbed his own rebound before flipping it over Reimer and into the net.

The Marlies took a 2-1 lead at 19:20 of the second stanza. Alex Foster skated into Hamilton’s zone before deking past a Hamilton defender and snapping a shot over the glove of Sanford. Andre Deveaux and Drew Paris also earned assists on the goal.

Hamilton tied the game at 7:43 of the final frame. While on the power play, Brock Trotter sent the puck to Andre Benoit, who was positioned at the left point. Benoit blasted a shot that Ryan White tipped over the blocker of Reimer.

With the score tied, the game went into overtime and at 1:43 into the extra frame, Weber scored when he grabbed his own rebound and flipped the puck into the net.

Hamilton out shot their guests to Copps Colisium, 36-24,

Thje Bulldogs are hosts to the the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday (March 12) at 7:30 p.m. at Copps.