After a trip to Lake Erie, the Hamilton Bulldogs were back in Ontario and
just about an hour away from home on Sunday afternoon to take on the Baby Leafs. Unlike the Leafs, the Marlies are leading their division, with a record of 4-1, after their 2-1 win over the Bulldogs.
T.J. Brennan of the Marlies put in his eighth goal of the season to start off the scoring at 8:29 in the first. Spencer Abbott and
John-Michael Liles would both take the assists. It would be the first of two helpers for Abbott as he would connect with Carter Ashton for the Marlies’ second goal of the afternoon in the second period.
Brennan is currently leading the league in goals at eight, with a total of 12 points to put him in second overall in
total points. Abbott’s two helpers bring him to six points overall landing him in 35th overall.
Hamilton wouldn’t get on the board until early in the third when Mike Blunden would rip one right past
former Bulldogs goaltender Drew MacIntyre to cut the lead to one. This would be the closest that the
Dogs would get to the Marlies as they fell to a 2-1 loss, for their third
Robert Mayer made a total of 26 saves for the Bulldogs, putting his save percentage at .928, which lands him at 23rd in the league. As for his goals against average he sits at 32nd with a 2.43
GAA. Mayer was named the Dan Lawrie Insurance Premium Player of the game.
The Bulldogs totalled 18 minutes of penalties, while Toronto was a man down for 12 minutes throughout the contest. Both goals from the Marlies came on the powerplay
as they went 2/8 with the man advantage; Hamilton was 0/6.
The Hamilton Bulldogs and Rockford IceHogs have yet to meet up this season
but will do so at Copps on Tuesday night, a 7:30 puck drop. The Bulldogs are currently riding a three game losing streak after two shootout losses and their loss Sunday against the Marlies. As for the IceHogs,
they’ve won their past two games, most recently topping Grand Rapids 5-4 in a shootout. Rockford currently leads the Midwest Divison with a 4-2 record, while the Dogs are now sitting in fourth in the North with a 1-1-0-2 record.