By: Hamilton Bulldogs
12/27/2013 9:59 PM -
HAMILTON, ONTARIO – Two second-period goals from forward Mike Blunden led the way for the Hamilton Bulldogs (14-14-0-4) as they defeated the Toronto Marlies (16-10-2-1) 4-2 on Friday night at Copps Coliseum to sweep a home-and-home series with their North Division rivals.
Toronto forward Carter Ashton opened the scoring on the power play at 6:27 of the first period when he spun and fired a shot from the slot and beat Hamilton goaltender Dustin Tokarski clean. Forwards Greg McKegg and Spencer Abbott drew assists on the play.
Hamilton forward Mike Blunden tied the game 1-1 3:45 into the second period after forward Gabriel Dumont worked the puck down low, then drove to the net, where Blunden capitalized on the rebound for his seventh goal of the season. Forward Nick Tarnasky earned a second assist on the play.
Nine seconds after Ashton took a penalty for high sticking, Marlies forward Sam Carrick broke in shorthanded and sent the puck top shelf on Tokarski at 9:20 of the second period to put Toronto ahead 2-1.
At 14:06 of the second period, Blunden notched his second goal of the night and eighth of the season to tie the game 2-2 after forward Maxime Macenauer’s spin-o-rama shot drew a rebound that Blunden buried past Toronto goaltender Drew MacIntyre. Defenceman Greg Pateryn collected a second assist on the sequence.
Just 1:38 into the third period, Bulldogs forward Sven Andrighetto took a two-on-one pass from forward Patrick Holland and roofed the puck past MacIntyre to put Hamilton ahead 3-2. The goal was Andrighetto’s eighth of the year as well, tying him with Blunden, Tarnasky and forward Louis Leblanc for the ‘Dogs team lead.
With 45 seconds remaining, forward Martin St. Pierre potted his seventh goal of the season to make it a 4-2 game on the power play, with assists from Andrighetto and Pateryn.
Tokarski made 20 saves on 22 shots in the Bulldogs net in the win. MacIntyre made 45 saves on 49 shots for the Marlies in the loss.
The Bulldogs went 1-for-3 on the power play, while the Marlies went 1-for-2.
Dan Lawrie Insurance Premium Player of the Game: Gabriel Dumont
Hamilton’s next game is scheduled for Saturday, December 28th, when the ‘Dogs will travel to Utica, New York to take on the Utica Comets (AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks) at Utica Memorial Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. The Bulldogs return to Copps Coliseum on Saturday, January 11th when they will host the Rochester Americans (AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres) at 7:00 p.m.
Hamilton Bulldogs flex tickets and group tickets are on sale now. Starting as low as $99 for a 10-ticket Holiday Flex Pack until the end of December, we have great packages available for you to enjoy more Hockey Unleashed! For more information, call 1-866-DOGS-TIX or visit hamiltonbulldogs.com. Holiday Flex Packs are available for purchase at Mapleview Centre (900 Maple Avenue, Burlington), at the Bulldogs office (101 York Boulevard, Hamilton) at games or by calling 1-866-DOGS-TIX. Single-game tickets are available at the Copps Coliseum FirstOntario Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.ca, or by calling 1-866-DOGS-TIX or 905-529-8500.
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