Bulldogs power their way to win over Marlies


bulldogsHamilton Bulldogs used two powerplay goals to carry them to a 4-3 win over the Marlies in an American Hockey League game played Sunday (Feb. 9) in Toronto. The win was Hamilton’s second in as many nights.

Forward Sven Andrighetto scored twice with Jarred Tinordi and Mike Blunden adding the others to give Hamilton its 22nd win of the season to go with 22 losses and four shootout defeats. The Marlies, with a record of 28-16-2-2, top the North Division with 60 points while Hamilton sits third with 48 points.

The Marlies got two goals from Greg McKegg and a single from Jerry D’Amigo.

Less than a minute into the game, D’Amigo collected a rebound in tight and beat Dustin Tokarski to give the Marlies a 1-0 lead. Less than five minutes later Tinordi’s third goal of the season tied the game.

Before the period ended Andrighetto’s 11th goal of the season put Hamilton ahead 2-1 on the power play.

Hamilton took a 3-1 lead on Blunden’s power play marker and his 10th goal of the season in the second period.

Just 56 seconds into the third period, Andrighetto beat goaltender Drew MacIntyre for a 4-1 margin. His team-leading 12th goal of the season was unassisted.

McKegg’s first goal came on a power play just before the midway mark of the final period. He scored again when the Marlies pulled MacIntyre in favour of an extra attacker with 47 seconds left in the game.

Hamilton went 2-for-6 on the power play, while Toronto went 1-for-7.

Earlier in the day, the Montreal Canadiens re-assigned defenceman Nathan Beaulieu to the Bulldogs. He picked up two assists.

Beaulieu has split this season between Hamilton and Montreal. In 32 games with Hamilton, the 6’2”, 194-pound defenceman has recorded 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) and 21 penalty minutes. In 16 games with Montreal, the Strathroy, Ontario native has two assists and eight penalty minutes.

In 99 career AHL regular season games with the Bulldogs, the 21-year-old has 45 points (11 goals, 34 assists) and 84 penalty minutes. In 22 career National Hockey League games with the Canadiens, he has recorded four assists and eight penalty minutes.

Beaulieu was selected by the Canadiens in the first round (17th overall) in the 2011 National Hockey League Entry Draft.

Scoring Summary

1st Period:
1. TOR – Jerry D’Amigo – 11 – (Josh Leivo, Kory Nagy) – 0:51
2. HAM – Jarred Tinordi – 3 – (Unassisted) – 5:02
3. HAM – Sven Andrighetto – 11 – (Martin St. Pierre, Nathan Beaulieu) – 12:44 (PP)

Penalties
TOR Ryan, 11:54 – Delay of game – Faceoff violation, 2 min (PP)
TOR Smithson, 11:54 – Tripping, 2 min (PP)
HAM Macenauer, 13:58 – Roughing, 2 min (PP)

2nd Period:
4. HAM – Mike Blunden – 10 – (Nathan Beaulieu, Martin St. Pierre) – 13:24 (PP)

Penalties
HAM Dumont, 3:04 – Holding, 2 min (PP)
HAM Schiestel, 4:26 – Major – Checking from behind, 5 min (PP)
HAM Schiestel, 4:26 – Game misconduct – Checking from behind, 10 min
TOR MacWilliam, 12:05 – Holding, 2 min (PP)
TOR Broll, 15:40 – Double minor – High-sticking, 4 min (2 PP)

3rd Period:
5. HAM – Sven Andrighetto – 12 – (Unassisted) – 0:56
6. TOR – Greg McKegg – 10 – (T.J. Brennan, Brandon Kozun) – 8:37 (PP)
7. TOR – Greg McKegg – 11 – (Jerred Smithson, Jerry D’Amigo) – 19:13

Penalties
HAM St. Pierre, 2:29 – Roughing, 2 min
TOR Ryan, 2:29 – Roughing, 2 min
HAM Nattinen, 4:11 – Unsportsmanlike conduct, 2 min (PP)
HAM Thomas, 8:29 – Hooking, 2 min (PP)
HAM Dumont, 9:39 – Fighting, 5 min
TOR Ross, 9:39 – Fighting, 5 min
HAM Pateryn, 11:26 – Holding the stick, 2 min (PP)
TOR Granberg, 14:41 – Holding, 2 min (PP)
HAM Tinordi, 19:56 – Delay of game, 2 min (PP)

Shots:
Hamilton: 13-8-7–28
Toronto: 9-5-8–22

Goaltending:
Hamilton: Dustin Tokarski (W – 22 shots, 19 saves)
Toronto: Drew MacIntyre (L – 28 shots, 24 saves)

Power Play:
Hamilton: 2-for-6
Toronto: 1-for-7

Attendance: 6,504