TORONTO – The Hamilton Bulldogs fell flat in a 6-1 loss to the Toronto Marlies in a divisional and provincial battle between the two American Hockey League teams. Toronto leads the Western Conference’s North Division with 68 points while Hamilton is last in the five-team circuit with 55 points.
The Marlies wasted little time in gaining the upper hand, scoring at 3:23 into the first period when Juraj Mikus put a cross-slot pass from Philippe Dupuis over Bulldogs starting netminder Nathan Lawson’s shoulder. Dupuis scored his sixth of the season seven minutes later and just two seconds into Garrett Stafford’s cross-checking penalty, Simon Gysbers made it 3-0 Marlies at 14:49.
Robert Mayer assumed netminding chores for Hamilton to start the second period and 48 seconds into the session he was beaten by Nicolas Deschamps. Sixteen minutes later Deschamps, who would finish the night with four points, gave the Marlies’ a 5-0 lead to take into the third period.
Greg Scott made it 6-0 Marlies at 4:05 of the final frame. The Bulldogs finally got on the scoreboard slightly more than a minute later when Stafford beat netminder Mark Owuya.
The final shots were tallied at 33-28 for the Marlies.
The attendance was 5,064.
The Bulldogs will look for revenge against the Toronto Marlies in a rematch at Copps Coliseum on Wednesday (Feb. 29) at 7:30 p.m.