TORONTO, ON – The Hamilton Bulldogs fell flat in a 6-1 loss to the Toronto Marlies in a divisional and provincial battle.
The Marlies opened the scoring at 3:23 in the first period when Juraj Mikus put a cross-slot pass from Philippe Dupuis over Bulldogs starting netminder Nathan Lawson’s shoulder. Dupuis scored his sixth of the season midway through the period to give Toronto a 2-0 lead. Then, two seconds into Garrett Stafford’s 14:47 cross-checking penalty, Simon Gysbers made it 3-0 Marlies.
Robert Mayer would take over the Hamilton net in the second period. But just 48 seconds into the period, Nicolas Deschamps added to the Marlies’ lead on a 2-on-1 rush with Gysbers, scoring his eighth of the season. The Marlies took a 5-0 lead on a power play goal by Deschamps, his second of the game.
Greg Scott made it 6-0 Marlies before the Bulldogs scored their first of the game. Stafford sent a seeing-eye point shot past Toronto netminder Mark Owuya to break his shutout bid with 14:33 left to play. The final shots were tallied at 33-28 for the Marlies.
The Bulldogs will look for revenge against the Toronto Marlies in a rematch at Copps Coliseum on Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
* courtesy Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Club