The Hamilton Bulldogs remained unbeaten in the very early goings of the 2012-13 season after edging the Toronto Marlies, 4-1, on Friday night (Oct.19).
Playing before a sold-out crowd of 8,819 (the lower level) at Copps Coliseum to open their home portion of the American Hockey League, the Bulldogs improved to 2-0. Their first win was a shoot-out victory against the Griffins in Grand Rapids last Saturday.
Louis Leblanc scored two goals while Patrick Holland and Aaron Palushaj added singles and an assist each. Darryl Boyce had two assists for the Bulldogs.
LeBlanc’s first goal – and first of the season – gave Hamilton a 1-0 lead with 46 seconds remaining in the opening frame. Jarred Tinordi picked up his first professional point with an assist on the play.
Hamilton extended the lead with 2:16 remaining in the second stanza when Holland notched first professional career goal.
Hamilton went up 3-0 on a powerplay marker by Aaron Palushaj at 4:33 of the third period.
The Marlies lone marker came six minutes later when Jake Gardiner scored. Leblanc added an empty net goal at 17:49.
Hamilton netminder Robert Mayer was tested 40 times while his counterpart, Ben Scrivens, was tested 30 times.
The two teams resume their QEW rivalry on Saturday (Oct. 20) when Hamilton visits the Ricoh Coliseum at 7 p.m. Hamilton’s next home game is on Friday (Oct. 26) against the Marlies at 7:30 p.m.