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.
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
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)
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)