Marlies sweep Bulldogs in pre-season

Brantford – The Toronto Marlies defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs, 2-0, in American Hockey League pre-season play at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre on Monday (Oct. 8). The Marlies beat Hamilton in their other exhibition game last week.

Ryan Hamilton scored the game-winning goal while Sam Carrick notched the other marker for the Marlies.

The Bulldogs and Marlies played to a scoreless first period as the ‘Dogs led 17-6 in shots.

The Marlies opened the scoring at 11:22 of the second frame when Hamilton scored. Hamilton went in on a breakaway and slid the puck under the pad of goaltender Peter Delmas. After 40 minutes of play, the Hamilton Bulldogs still had the lead in shots, 23-14.

The Marlies’ second goal came at 2:46 of the third stanza. Greg McKegg picked up the puck at the bottom of the circle and slid a pass to Carrick in the slot. Carrick one-timed a shot along the ice as the puck went in the net under the pad of Delmas.

Ben Scrivens and Jussi Rynnas combined to make 29 saves to shut out the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs’ 17th season-opener is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. 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 at 7:30 p.m. when they will host the Marlies at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton.

Meanwhile in off-ice activity, the Bulldogs assigned forward Philippe Lefebvre to the Wheeling Nailers of the East Coast Hockey League and released forward Bobby Farnham. Twenty-eight players now remain on the Bulldogs training camp roster.

Hamilton has also signed forward Darryl Boyce to a 25-game Professional Try-Out Contract.
Boyce, 28, has spent parts of three seasons in the National Hockey League with the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Columbus Blue Jackets, registering 18 points (six goals, 12 assists) and 68 penalty minutes in 84 regular season games. The 6’0”, 200-pound forward has played in 191 regular season games over five seasons in the AHL with the Marlies, recording 91 points (32 goals, 59 assists), 320 penalty minutes.

Prior to turning professional, the native of Summerside, P.E.I played two seasons with New Brunswick of Canadian Interuniversity Sport and notched 65 points (29 goals, 36 assists) in 53 regular season games. Boyce also spent four seasons with the Toronto St. Michael’s Majors of the Ontario Hockey League registering 145 points (54 goals, 91 assists) and 452 penalty minutes in 262 regular season games. Boyce led the team in scoring with 50 points (15 goals, 35 assists) in 67 regular season games during the 2004-05 season.

He was originally signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs on Jan. 1, 2008.