Pacioretty’s natural hat trick not enough for ’Dogs

The Hamilton Bulldogs were defeated by the Toronto Marlies 4-3 in a shootout on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 20) at Ricoh Coliseum. Max Pacioretty scored his first professional hat trick but it was not enough for the ‘Dogs as Jerry D’Amigo ended the shootout in the seventh round to win the American Hockey League game for Toronto.

The Marlies opened the game’s scoring at 18:59 of the first frame. Greg Scott intercepted a passing attempt by the Bulldogs before racing in on net for a breakaway. Scott snapped a shot over the glove of goaltender Robert Mayer.

Toronto took a 2-0 lead at 3:48 of the second stanza. Darryl Boyce received the puck from Scott before sending a pass to Jay Rosehill, who beat Mayer.

The Bulldogs cut the lead in half at 8:53 of the frame. Ben Maxwell carried the puck down the left side of the ice and into the Marlies’ zone before backhanding a pass to Pacioretty, who was positioned in front of the net. Pacioretty one-timed a shot past goaltender Ben Scrivens. Pacioretty added his second goal of the game on the power play at 17:48. David Desharnais intercepted a clearing attempt by the Marlies before sending a pass to Pacioretty, who was positioned at the right side of the net. Pacioretty slapped the puck past Scrivens and into the top of the net.

Pacioretty completed his hat trick at 13:53 of the final frame. Pacioretty received the puck from J.T. Wyman before skating behind the net and firing the puck into the back of the net to give the Bulldogs a 3-2 lead. Desharnais also earned an assist on the goal.

Toronto tied the game 3-3 at 18:56 of the third period. Mike Zigomanis dished the puck to the right side of the net, where Josh Engel blasted a one time shot that sailed over the shoulder of Mayer.

Hamilton outshot their hosts 36-36 before 4,457 fans.

Neither team could score in overtime, which sent the game to a shootout. The shootout went to the seventh round when D’Amigo scored for the Marlies to win the game. Joey Crabb also scored for Toronto as Robert Mayer stopped five of the seven shooters he faced while Pacioretty scored the only goal for Hamilton in the shootout.