The Hamilton Bulldogs made a valiant effort to force overtime, scoring twice in the final 2:06 of regulation time, but it wasn’t enough as the Marlies returned to Toronto with a 3-2 American Hockey League win on Sunday (Oct. 27) at Copps Coliseum.
Both teams have 10 points in the Western Conference’s North Division but Toronto sits first by virtue of its 5-3-0-0 to Hamilton’s performance of 4-2-0-2. Toronto remains the only team to defeat Hamilton in regulation time this season.
Scoring for the Marlies were Jerred Smithson (just 24 seconds into the game), Greg McKegg and Jerry D’Amigo (empty net).
Replying for Hamilton were Nick Tarnasky (with his team-leading fifth), and Greg Pateryn. Both players also had one assist each.
Robert Mayer got the start in goal for the Bulldogs, making 23 saves on 25 shots while Drew MacIntyre made 20 saves on 22 shots for the Marlies.
The two teams play again on Friday (Nov. 1) at Copps with a 7:30 p.m. faceoff.
And with no games until Friday, the Montreal Canadiens will borrow two Bulldogs: Forwards Patrick Holland and Louis Leblanc.
The 21-year-old Holland has appeared in four games with Hamilton this season, recording two points (one goal, one assist) and no penalty minutes. He has also played three games with Montreal this season, recording no points and no penalty minutes.
Leblanc, 22, has appeared in seven games with Hamilton this season, recording six points (four goals, two assists) and six penalty minutes.
1. TOR – Jerred Smithson (1) – (Stuart Percy, David Broll) – 0:24
2. TOR – Greg McKegg (3) – (Spencer Abbott, Josh Leivo) – 8:51 (PP)
3. HAM – Nick Tarnasky (5) – (Joel Chouinard, Greg Pateryn) – 17:54 (PP)
4. TOR – Jerry D’Amigo (1) – (Unassisted) – 18:48 (EN)
5. HAM – Greg Pateryn (3) – (Martin St. Pierre, Sven Andrighetto) – 19:42