Louis Leblanc made it rain teddy bears at 11:01 of the second period during Friday night’s (Dec. 13) Toy Toss at Copps Coliseum, but that was all the offense the ‘Dogs (12-11-0-3) could muster as they fell 4-1 to the Toronto Marlies (13-9-1-0).
The American Hockey League contest dropped the Bulldogs to third place, just one point back of division leading Rochester Americans. The Marlies with their 13-9-1-0 record are second and the Bulldogs with a 12-11-0-3sit in third, although they have the same 27 point total as Toronto, which has the extra win and three games in hand.
Toronto forward Spencer Abbott opened the scoring with the first period’s only goal at 11:08.
The visitors didn’t waste any time in the second frame when they scored three goals in a span of three minutes and 11 seconds. Kory Nagy notched the first and his first goal as a Marlie 7:24 into the period.
Less than two minutes later, Marlies defenceman T.J. Brennan scored on the power play and just 1:32 after that, forward Brad Ross gave the Marlies a 4-0 lead.
Leblanc scored his eighth goal of the season 26 second later to get Hamilton on the board and sent countless stuffed animals from Bulldogs fans down to the ice during the annual Stuffed Toy Toss
Despite outshooting the Marlies 12-4 in the final frame, Hamilton was unable score.
Robert Mayer made 20 saves on 24 shots in the Bulldogs net while Drew MacIntyre made 28 saves on 29 shots for the Marlies.
The Bulldogs went 0-for-4 on the power play, while the Marlies went 1-for-3.
Hamilton’s next game is scheduled for Saturday (Dec. 14), when they will be hosts to the St. John’s IceCaps (AHL Affiliate of the Winnipeg Jets) at Copps Coliseum at 7 p.m.
Earlier in the day, the Bulldogs extended the contracts of two players, Forward Maxime Macenauer, who had been playing on a 25-game professional tryout contract, was inked to a deal for the balance of the AHL season.
Defenceman Nathan McIver, also on a 25-game PTO ticket, signed a second 25-game deal.
In 23 games with Hamilton this season, Macenauer has six points (two goals, four assists) and 14 penalty minutes. The 24-year-old spent the 2012-13 season with the AHL St. John’s IceCaps. In 68 regular season games with St. John’s, the Laval, Quebec native had 22 points (11-11) and 57 penalty minutes.
The 6’0”, 200-pound forward was originally selected by the Anaheim Ducks in the third round (63rd overall) of the 2007 National Hockey League Entry Draft. The experienced forward of 192 career AHL regular season games and 29 career NHL regular season games was signed by the Bulldogs to a 25-game deal Oct. 4 after attending training camp on a try out.
McIver has appeared in 15 Bulldogs games this term and has one assist and 38 penalty minutes. The 28-year-old spent last season with the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers. In 62 regular season games with Bridgeport, the Summerside, Prince Edward Island native posted five points (one goal, four assists) and 287 penalty minutes.
The 6’2”, 195-pound defenceman was originally selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the eighth round (254th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. The veteran of 422 career AHL regular season games and 36 career NHL regular season games signed a 25-game professional try out contract on Oct. 4.
1. TOR – Spencer Abbott – 4 – (Andrew MacWilliam, Kory Nagy) – 11:08
HAM Tinordi, 0:28 – Checking to the head, (48.2) 2 min (PP)
TOR Brennan, 15:06 – Holding, 2 min (PP)
TOR Nagy, 18:21 – Goaltender interference, 2 min (PP)
2. TOR – Kory Nagy – 1 – (David Broll, Spencer Abbott) – 7:24
3. TOR – T.J. Brennan – 12 – (Stuart Percy, Spencer Abbott) – 9:03 (PP)
4. TOR – Brad Ross – 2 – (Tyler Biggs, Jerred Smithson) – 10:35
5. HAM – Louis Leblanc – 8 – (Martin St. Pierre, Mike Blunden) – 11:01
TOR Duco, 3:07 – Interference, 2 min
TOR Duco, 3:07 – Fighting, 5 min
HAM Owens, 3:07 – Instigating, 2 min
HAM Owens, 3:07 – Fighting, 5 min
HAM Owens, 3:07 – Misconduct – Instigating, (46.11) 10 min
HAM Dumont, 7:54 – Kneeing, 2 min (PP)
TOR Abbott, 4:26 – Kneeing, 2 min (PP)
HAM Blunden, 14:56 – Roughing, 2 min (PP)
TOR Biggs, 19:31 – Interference, 2 min (PP)