Tangradi’s deuce lifts ’Dogs over Marlies

Nathan Beaulieu (Photo: Brandon Taylor/Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club)

Nathan Beaulieu (Photo: Brandon Taylor/Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club)

Hamilton Bulldogs forward Eric Tangradi scored his first two goals of the season and goaltender Joey MacDonald stopped 19 of the 20 shots he faced as the ‘Dogs (2-0-2-0) topped the Toronto Marlies (3-3-0-0) 4-1 in the latest installment of the American Hockey League’s Battle of Ontario at Ricoh Coliseum on Friday (Oct. 24) evening.

Bulldogs’ defenceman Nathan Beaulieu – playing his first game of the season with Hamilton after being assigned by the Montreal Canadiens earlier this week – got the ‘Dogs on the board first at 10:12 of the opening frame, with assists from forwards Michael Bournival and Sven Andrighetto. Bournival was also sent back to the Bulldogs earlier this week.

Andrighetto made no mistake on a wide-open Marlies cage and put home his second goal of the season at 1:51 of the second period to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead. Assists went to defenceman Davis Drewiske and forward Charles Hudon.

With less than a minute to go in the middle frame, Tangradi buried a backhand shot on the power play for his first goal of 2014-15 to put his team ahead 3-0. Forward Drayson Bowman had the only assist on the play.

Toronto forward Greg McKegg broke MacDonald’s shutout bid at 7:26 of the third period to make it a 3-1 game.

Tangradi added an empty netter with 1:55 to play to seal the 4-1 victory for Hamilton. Bowman once again had the only assist.

MacDonald’s counterpart Antoine Bibeau stopped 22 of 25 shots faced for the Marlies in the loss.

Hamilton went 1-for-6 on the power play, while Toronto was 1-for-3.

The ‘Dogs return to home ice Saturday (Oct. 25) when they’ll host the San Antonio Rampage at FirstOntario Centre at 7 p.m.

Scoring summary

First period
HAM Beaulieu, (1) (Bournival, Andrighetto), 10:12
HAM Andrighetto, (2) (Drewiske, Hudon), 1:51

TOR Smith, 2:29 – Interference, 2 min (PP)
TOR Watling, 15:28 – Hooking, 2 min (PP)
HAM Dumont, 18:10 – Unsportsmanlike conduct, 2 min
TOR Devane, 18:10 – Unsportsmanlike conduct, 2 min

Second period
HAM Tangradi, (1) (Bowman), 19:12 (PP)

TOR Leivo, 4:12 – Hooking, 2 min (PP)
TOR Granberg, 11:45 – Interference, 2 min (PP)
TOR Devane, 18:32 – Slashing, 2 min (PP)

Third Period
TOR McKegg, (1) (Brown, Abbott), 7:26 (PP)
HAM Tangradi, (2) (Bowman), 18:05 (EN)

TOR Carrick, 1:29 – Goaltender interference, 2 min (PP)
HAM Pateryn, 7:09 – Boarding, 2 min (PP)
HAM Hudon, 8:04 – Slashing, 2 min (PP)
TOR Watling, 12:56 – Slashing, 2 min (PP)
HAM Pateryn, 13:15 – Cross-checking, 2 min (PP)

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