Marlies take weekend series against Bulldogs

TORONTO – The Hamilton Bulldogs held the lead for most of Saturday’s (March 10) game, but the Toronto Marlies earned an overtime victory in the rubber match of this weekend’s home-and-home series between the provincial and divisional American Hockey League rivals.

The Marlies blanked the Bulldogs 5-0 on Friday night in Hamilton.

The Bulldogs scored first at 12:13 into the first period, when Frederic St-Denis’ power play shot was deflected past goaltender Ben Scrivens. St-Denis snapped a 36-game goalless streak with his fourth goal of the season, assisted by Brian Willsie and Andreas Engqvist.

The ‘Dogs held the lead until 9:04 into the third period, when Kelsey Wilson scored his fifth of the season on a breakaway after exiting the penalty box. Greg Scott and Juraj Mikus assisted on the play to tie the game.

With just 2:21 left in the sudden death overtime, Mike Zigomanis’ 18th marker of the season ended the affair. Toronto outshot the Bulldogs 32-23 in the game in front of 7,249 fans.

The Bulldogs will travel to St. John’s next week to take on the IceCaps in back-to-back away games on Tuesday and Wednesday.