’Dogs fire blanks in shootout against Marlies

It took 60 minutes of regulation time, five minutes of overtime, and six rounds of a shoot out before the Hamilton Bulldogs fell, 4-3, to the Toronto Marlies 4-3 in an American Hockey League game on Sunday (Dec. 26).

Joey Crabb was the only player to score in the shootout to give the Marlies the win.

Toronto opened the scoring at 9:31 of the first frame. Keith Aulie received the puck from Jay Rosehill before blasting a shot from the left point. The puck sailed through traffic and past goaltender Curtis Sanford.

The Bulldogs tied the game two minutes later. Andrew Conboy skated behind the net before sending a pass to Gabriel Dumont. Dumont dropped the puck to Kyle Klubertanz, who fired a shot past goalie Jussi Rynnas.

Mike Zigomanis regained the Marlies lead at 3:19 of the second stanza. Korbinian Holzer received the puck from Crabb before releasing a slap shot from the blue line. Zigomanis redirecting the puck past Sanford and into the net.

Klubertanz scored his second goal of the game just 33 seconds later. Conboy sent the puck along the blue line to Klubertanz, who one-time his shot to beat Rynnas. The Bulldogs took a 3-2 lead at 6:40 with a power-play goal. David Desharnais skated behind the Toronto net before dumping the puck into the slot, where Dustin Boyd was stationed. Boyd one-timed a shot past the glove of Rynnas and into the net. The goal extended Boyd’s goal-scoring streak to five games.

Aulie notched his second goal of the game at 10:58 of the second period to tie the score, 3-3. Justin Hodgman sent the puck to Mueller, who waited patiently before dishing a pass to Aulie, who skated into the slot and tapped the puck into the net.

In the overtime session and neither team able to score, the game went to a shootout. Rynnas stopped all six Hamilton shooters while Crabb scored on Sanford in the sixth round to end the game.

The visiting Bulldogs outshot their hosts, 31-23 before a crowd of 4,184.

The Bulldogs return to Copps Coliseum for a game on Tuesday (Dec. 28) at 7 p.m. against the Chicago Wolves. All regular season Hamilton Bulldogs broadcasts on AM 820 CHAM will begin with a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.