The Hamilton Bulldogs continued their steady play with a 4-0 shutout of the Baby Leafs. The Bulldogs have been without two of their key offensive contributors in Ben Maxwell and Matt D’Agostini but other players like Yannick Weber, Max Pacioretty, Mike Glumac and Yanick Lehoux have picked up the offensive slack.
The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Toronto Marlies 4-0 in front of 6,139 fans on Tuesday evening at Copps Coliseum. Marc Denis made 21 saves to earn his third shutout of the season while Dan Jancevski recorded three assists.
The Bulldogs opened the scoring at 9:42 of the first frame. Kyle Chipchura raced down the left side before snapping a shot over the glove of Toronto starting goaltender Justin Pogge. The ‘Dogs netted their second goal on the power play at 14:13. David Desharnais fed a pass through the slot onto the stick of Mathieu Carle, who had skated in from the point. Carle waited patiently before firing a shot underneath Pogge.
Hamilton added its third goal of the game at 13:53 of the second stanza. Max Pacioretty won a race with a Toronto defender to the loose puck to earn himself a breakaway. Pacioretty used a backhand-to-forehand before sending the puck over the left shoulder of Pogge and into the top of the net. Ryan Russell netted his eighth goal of the campaign at 15:53. Jancevski fed a pass from Hamilton’s zone to Russell, who was waiting at Toronto’s blue line. Russell skated in on a three-on-one with two other ‘Dogs before he elected to shoot the puck past the blocker of Pogge and into the net to give the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead.
1. HAM – Kyle Chipchura – 10 (Unassisted) – 9:42
2. HAM – Mathieu Carle – 4 (David Desharnais, Dan Jancevski) – 14:13 (PP)
3. HAM – Max Pacioretty – 5 (Dan Jancevski) – 13:53
4. HAM – Ryan Russell – 8 (Dan Jancevski) – 15:53
Hamilton: Marc Denis (21 shots, 21 saves)
Toronto: Justin Pogge (25 shots, 21 saves)
1. HAM – Dan Jancevski (3 assists, +3)
2. HAM – Marc Denis (21 shots, 21 saves)
3. HAM – Max Pacioretty (1 goal, +1, 7 shots)
Flamboro Downs Workhorse: Kyle Chipchura