With the largest crowd of the season looking on, the Hamilton Bulldogs farewell present to their fans as the eve of a 25-day, 12-game road trip, was a 5-0 shellacking by the Toronto Marlies.
The visiting divisional rivals – and leaders – scored two short handed, empty net goals to add insult to injury during Friday’s American Hockey League game at Copps Coliseum. The loss was Hamilton’s 27th of the season and drops them below the .500 mark with 26 wins. For the Marlies the win was number 33 in the Western Conference’s North Division.
The two teams renew acquaintances on Saturday (March 10) when the Bulldogs visit the Ricoh Coliseum.
Hamilton battled the Marlies to a scoreless first period but at 12:29 of the second period an odd deflection led to Juraj Mikus’ third goal of the season. The Marlies added another goal just 1:21 later when Colton Orr beat netminder Nathan Lawson.
With 9:30 left to play in the third period, Ryan Hamilton made it 3-0. His 22nd goal of the season was scored on the power play, following a series of passes from Philippe Dupuis and Josh Engel. Mike Zigomanis and Dupuis would each add shorthanded empty net goals less than two minutes apart to cement the Marlies’ 5-0 win.
The Bulldogs registered 71 hits in the game to the Marlies’ 54, with Ian Schultz leading the ‘Dogs with nine. The two teams were tied at 23 on the final shot clock. A crowd of 8,692 took in the action.
When the Bulldogs’ road trips ends, they will have five games remaining in the regular season schedule and two of those will be away games.
All Hamilton Bulldogs games can be heard live on AM 820 CHAM or on www.hamiltonbulldogs.com, or seen live on www.ahllive.com beginning with the Pioneer Pre-Game Show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.