For home opener results it wasn’t what the Hamilton Bulldogs wanted. The visiting Toronto Marlies skated away from Copps Coliseum and the 6,142 fans in attendance with a 5-3 American Hockey League victory. The loss leaves the Bulldogs with a 1-1 record after opening the new season on Friday night with a 5-2 win in Rochester.
On Saturday Ben Maxwell had two goals for the Bulldogs while the Marlies’ Nazem Kadri scored his first professional goal.
The Bulldogs opened the game’s scoring at 13:22 of the first frame while on the power-play. Yannick Weber blasted a shot from the blueline that bounced off the back boards and onto the stick of Maxwell who flipped the puck over the pad of goaltender James Reimer.
Weber gave the ‘Dogs a 2-0 lead at 7:28 of the second stanza. Max Pacioretty carried the puck into the Marlies’ zone before dishing a pass to the Weber, who was at the point. Weber blasted a one-timer that beat Reimer over the glove.
Toronto got on the scoreboard at 10:19 of the frame. Jeff Finger hammered a shot from the point that was stopped by goaltender Robert Mayer. The rebound bounced onto the stick of Ryan Hamilton, who fired a shot into the net.
Maxwell added his second goal of the game at 14:38 of the period. Pacioretty fired a shot that was saved by Reimer. Ryan White scooped up the rebound and fed the puck to Maxwell, who snapped a shot into the net.
The Marlies made the game 3-2 with 21 seconds left in the period. Kadri received the puck from Juraj Mikus before wristing a shot towards the net. Mayer got a piece of the shot but the puck trickled through his pads and across the goal line.
Toronto tied the game 3-3 at 1:59 of the final frame. Matt Lashoff received the puck from Greg Scott before blasting a slapshot towards the net. While positioned in the slot, Brayden Irwin redirected the puck into the net. Toronto took a 4-3 lead at 16:34. Keith Aulie blasted a slapshot from the point that deflected off the helmet of Daryl Boyce and into the net.
Luca Caputi added an empty net goal to seal the win for the Marlies.
Hamilton outshot Toronto, 36-33
The Bulldogs welcome the Rochester Americans to Copps Coliseum for a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday, Oct. 19.