For the second time in as many night, the Hamilton Bulldogs fell to the Toronto Marlies in American Hockey League pre-season play. On Saturday night (Sept. 28), Hamilton fell, 2-1. The Bulldogs lost 5-3 on Friday night.
Hamilton Bulldogs forward Patrick Holland scored Hamilton’s only goal, a powerplay marker mid-way through the third period.
Toronto forward Sam Carrick beat Hamilton goaltender Dustin Tokarski to open the scoring at 13:14 of the first period, with assists going to forward Brad Ross and defenceman Jesse Blacker. Just over four minutes later, forward Wade MacLeod ripped a shot over Tokarski’s glove to put the Marlies ahead 2-0.
After a scoreless sandwich frame, Holland got Hamilton on the board with a powerplay marker at 9:25 of the third period. Defenceman Drew Schiestel drew the only assist.
It was a fight-filled affair, with three more fights in addition to the fisticuffs that took place in Friday night’s match-up in Oakville, signs that the two teams will have a heated rivalry once again this season. The Bulldogs and Marlies will play each other 12 times during the regular season.
Garret Sparks started in goal for Toronto, with Christopher Gibson taking over mid-way through the second period. The two goaltenders teamed up to make 23 saves on 24 shots. Tokarski started in goal for Hamilton, with Robert Mayer taking over mid-way through the second period. The two goaltenders combined for 22 saves on 24 shots.
The Bulldogs went 1-for-3 on the powerplay. The Marlies went 0-for-4 on the powerplay.
Hamilton’s third and final pre-season game will be played on Thursday, Oct. 3rd at 7 p.m. when they will host the Utica Comets at J.L. Grightmire Market Street Arena in Dundas. The Bulldogs regular season and home opener is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m. against the St. John’s IceCaps at Copps Coliseum.
TOR – Sam Carrick (Brad Ross, Jesse Blacker) – 13:14
TOR – Wade MacLeod (Unassisted) – 17:30
HAM – Patrick Holland (PP) (Drew Schiestel) – 9:25