Russell provides firepower in ’Dogs win

Two goals from Ryan Russell gave the Hamilton Bulldogs a 2-1 victory over the visiting Toronto Marlies on Friday night (Oct. 29) at Copps Coliseum.

Goaltender Peter Delmas earned his first-career American Hockey League win making 32 saves on 33 shots in front of 4,020 fans.

Following a scoreless first period, the ‘Dogs opened the scoring at 17:11 of the second stanza. David Desharnais used a deke before snapping a shot on net that was saved by goaltender James Reimer. Desharnias grabbed his own rebound before dishing a pass to Russell, who one-timed a shot past Reimer.

The Marlies tied the game 1-1 at 19:53 of the period with a power-play marker. Juraj Mikus sent a pass along the blue line to Jeff Finger, who fired a shot towards the net. Christian Hanson managed to get his stick on the puck, redirecting the shot past Delmas.

Russell completed the scoring at 1:24 of the final frame. Desharnais fed a pass to Russell, who was skating down the left side boards. Russell blasted a shot that sailed over the glove of Reimer and into the net.

Toronto outshot Hamilton 33-29.

The ‘Dogs will welcome the Manitoba Moose to Copps Coliseum for back-to-back games on Tuesday, Nov. 2 and Wednesday, Nov. 3. Both have 7 p.m. starts.