Hamilton Bulldogs were just under two minutes away from downing the visiting Toronto Marlies on Saturday night (Jan. 19) and ended up 3-2 losers in an American Hockey League game decided in a shoot out. It was the Bulldogs second straight shoot-out defeat, this time in front of a sold out house of 8,819 at Copps Coliseum.
Ryan Hamilton scored at 18.10 of the final period to force the North Division contest into an overtime period that failed to resolve the affair between the division rivals.
The division leading Marlies then out-scored the cellar dwelling Bulldogs, 3-2, in the shoot out.
The loss left Hamilton with a 13-26 record while the Marlies improved to 23-15.
Toronto opened the scoring three quarters into the first period on Tim Connolly’s first goal of the season.
Hamilton pulled even when Michael Bournival scored his third marker of the campaign with goalie Cedric Desjardins picking up an assist.
After a scoreless second period, Bulldogs recent arrival, Joey Tenute, collected his first of the season in his fourth game to give Hamilton a 2-1 edge midway through the final stanza.
But Hamilton’s 18th goal of the season pulled the visitors even and forced the extra sessions before a crowd of 8,819.
Hamilton was outshot, 36-20.
Hamilton travels to Rochester on Monday to face the Americans.
1 – Toronto, Connolly (1) 15:52.
2 – Hamilton, Bournival (3) (Desjardins), 16:28.
2nd Period – No Scoring.
3 – Hamilton, Tenute (1) (Bournival, Dumont), 11:01.
4- Toronto, Hamilton (18) (Frattin, Zigomanis), 18:10.
OT Period- No Scoring.
Shootout – Toronto 3 (Hamilton NG, Connolly NG, Colborne G, Abbott G, Frattin G), Hamilton 2 (Bournival NG, Dumont G, Tenute NG, Beaulieu G, Leblanc NG).
Shots on Goal-Toronto 11-15-8-2-1-37. Hamilton 6-2-11-1-0-20.
Power Play Opportunities-Toronto 0 / 2; Hamilton 0 / 1.
Goalies-Toronto, Owuya 3-2-0 (20 shots-18 saves). Hamilton, Desjardins 5-11-2 (36 shots-34 saves).
Attendance – 8,819