Marlies draw first blood in pre-season

The Toronto Marlies defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs, 3-1, at the Cobourg Community Centre on Saturday (Oct. 6). Greg Scott scored the game-winning goal on a power play with just over two minutes left in regulation time.

The Bulldogs scored the opening goal of the American Hockey League game at 4:19 of the first period when Stephen MacAulay shovelled Kevin Gagne’s rebound past Marlies starting goaltender Ben Scrivens.

The Marlies tied the score at 2:34 of the second frame on a goal by Brad Ross, who beat Bulldogs goaltender Robert Mayer.

The Marlies took the lead on a power play at 17:55 of the third period. Jake Gardiner passed the puck from the right point to the right circle where Nazem Kadri was stationed. Kadri relayed the pass to Scott for the game-winner. Greg McKegg added an empty net goal with 48 seconds remaining.

The Bulldogs will close their two-game pre-season schedule against the Marlies on Monday (Oct. 8) at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre in Brantford at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on Funny 820 and Derek Wills and Al Craig will have the Pioneer pre-game show at 7 p.m.

The Bulldogs’ 17th season-opener is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13 at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan where they will play the Griffins. The team’s home-opener is set for Friday, Oct. 19 when the Marlies visit at Copps Coliseum.

Scoring Summary:

1st Period:
1. HAM – Stephen MacAulay (1), (Kevin Gagne, Aaron Palushaj) – 4:19.

2nd Period:
2. TOR – Brad Ross (1), (Mike Kostka, Jake Gardiner) – 2:34.

3rd period:
3. TOR – Greg Scott (1), (Nazem Kadri, Jake Gardiner) – 17:55 (PP).
4. TOR – Greg McKegg (1) (Mike Kostka) – 19:12 (EN).