Bulldogs end losing streak beating Marlies

The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Toronto Marlies 4-3 on Friday night (Feb. 18). Ben Maxwell had a goal and an assist while Mathieu Carle tallied two assists as the ‘Dogs snapped their five-game American Hockey League losing streak.

The ‘Dogs opened the scoring at 4:39 while on a five-on-three power play. Alexander Avtsin received the puck from J.T. Wyman, while positioned at the left side of the net. Avtsin dished a pass to Andreas Engqvist, who whacked the puck past goaltender Ben Scrivens.

The Bulldogs added a second goal at 9:18 of the second stanza. Kyle Klubertanz skated down the left side of the Marlies’ zone before feeding a pass to the front of the net. Aaron Palushaj tapped the pass past Scrivens and into the net.

Toronto made the game 2-1 at 10:21 of the period. Greg Scott fired a shot on net that was stopped by goaltender Curtis Sanford. The rebound bounced onto the stick of John Mitchell, who fired a shot into the net. The Marlies tied the game at 15:39. Alex Foster sent the puck to Scott, who was at the left side of the net. Scott faked a shot before dishing the puck to Ryan Hamilton, who one-timed a shot past Sanford.

Danny Richmond gave Toronto the lead at 2:57 of the final frame. Richmond and Hamilton skated into the Bulldogs’ zone on a two-on-one. Hamilton held onto the puck before sending a pass across the front of the net to Richmond, who snapped a shot past Sanford.

Hamilton tied the game 3-3 at 8:32. Carle sent a pass to Hunter Bishop, who carried the puck into Toronto’s zone. Bishop blasted a slap shot from the top of the left faceoff circle that squeaked through Scrivens’ pads and into the net. The ‘Dogs scored the winner at 11:42 with a power-play goal. Ben Maxwell received the puck from Frederic St. Denis before firing a shot towards the net. The puck deflected off a Marlies player and past Scrivens.

Hamilton outshot Toronto, 30-20 before a crowd of 5,046.

The Bulldogs will return to Copps Coliseum to host the San Antonio Rampage for a game at 4 p.m. on Saturday (Feb. 19).