Two goals by Bulldogs forward Martin St. Pierre – one to force overtime, the other the game-winner – carried Hamilton to a 2-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies on Friday night (Nov. 1) at Copps Coliseum. For St. Pierre, the goals, both on the powerplay, were his first of the season.
The American Hockey League win dislodged the Marlies from first place in the North Division, and the Bulldogs took over the top position. Hamilton’s record improved to 5-2-0-2 while Toronto went to 5-3-1-0.
Magnus Nygren had two assists for the victors.
Toronto’s lone goal was scored by forward Josh Leivo early in the first period.
Dustin Tokarski made 24 saves on 25 shots for the win. Drew MacIntyre made 35 saves in the Marlies net.
The win was the Bulldogs third in OT.
Earlier in the week, the parent Montreal Canadiens returned forward Patrick Holland to the Bulldogs and recalled defenceman Greg Pateryn.
1. TOR – Josh Leivo (1) – (Spencer Abbott, Greg McKegg) – 5:01
2. HAM – Martin St. Pierre (1) – (Patrick Holland, Magnus Nygren) – 11:56 (PP)
3. HAM – Martin St. Pierre (2) – (Magnus Nygren, Nathan Beaulieu) – 2:56 (PP)