Toronto takes Toy Toss tussle

The Toronto Marlies earned the first victory in the 2011-12 American Hockey League’s Battle of Ontario series, defeating the Hamilton Bulldogs, 2-1.

The Marlies took a 1-0 lead at 18:27 of the first period when forward Marcel Mueller’s shot bounced off the boards behind the Hamilton net. Greg Scott capitalized on the odd power play bounce, knocking the puck off goaltender Nathan Lawson’s pads to earn his eighth goal of the season. The goal broke Hamilton’s 13-for-13 penalty killing streak, which started on Dec. 2 against the St. John’s IceCaps.

At 5:10 into the second period, a scrimmage in front of Ben Scrivens’ net led to the Bulldogs equalizer when Andreas Engqvist scored. The next few minutes were spent clearing the ice of the multitude of stuffed toys which fans donated as part of the Bulldogs’ 15th Annual Stuffed Toy Toss event.

But the Hamilton jubilation was shortlived when Jerry D’Amigo scored the game-winning goal three minutes later, shoving Ryan Hamilton’s wraparound pass into the net.

The game ended with a brawl between the two teams, Bulldogs’ forward Brian Willsie grossing 14 penalty minutes at the 20:00 mark.

Toronto had a 28-27 shots-on-net advantage before a crowd of 6,118.

The Bulldogs next face the Syracuse Crunch at the War Memorial Arena Saturday (Dec. 10) at 7:30 p.m. before returning home to take on the Rochester Americans the next day at Copps Coliseum.

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