Marlies squeak past Bulldogs in shootout
After a tough loss in Binghamton on Friday, the Toronto Marlies headed back to Ontario on Saturday night.
With the Maple Leafs playing the Canadiens, it was only fitting that the Marlies would end up in Hamilton to face the Bulldogs.
In the first period, the Marlies struck first. One day after being waived by the Maple Leafs, new Marlie addition Tim Connolly found twine for his first of the season making it 1-0 for the Marlies. With the loss of Keith Aucoin to the New York Islanders and the promotion of Nazem Kadri, Toronto will look for Connolly to step in and play a large role in the team’s leadership and production departments. Just over a minute later however, the Bulldogs tied it up. Michael Bournival received a pass from goaltender Cedrick Desjardins and beat Mark Owuya tying the game at one. The game would remain tied until the third period.
After a scoreless second period, the Bulldogs took the lead in the third. Eleven minutes into the frame, Joey Tenute found the back of the net for his 1st of the season giving Hamilton a 2-1 lead. With time running down in the third and the Marlies net empty, Ryan Hamilton found a way to beat Desjardins tying the game at two sending it to overtime.
Overtime solved nothing sending the game to a shootout. In the shootout, Joe Colborne, Spencer Abbott and Matt Frattin scored for the Marlies while only Gabriel Dumont and Nathan Beaulieu found the back of the net for the Bulldogs. Toronto would take the game 3-2.
• Saturday’s game was Tim Connolly’s first ever in the AHL.
• Mark Owuya stopped 18 shots for the win
• The game was a fairly quiet one especially with regards to penalties. A combined 8 minutes in penalties were handed out in this one.
• With the win the Marlies improve to 23 – 12 – 3
Toronto’s next game is Thursday night when they visit the Lake Erie Monsters. The Marlies return home on Saturday January 26th to host the Wilkes Barrie – Scranton Penguins (AHL Affiliate of the Pittsburgh Penguins).