The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Toronto Marlies by a score of 4-3 this afternoon at Ricoh Coliseum.
Jerry D’Amigo opened the scoring just 51 seconds into the game on his 11th goal of the season. Jarred Tinordi and Sven Andrighetto would tally for Hamilton before the end of the first period to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead. Mike Blunden extended the Hamilton lead to 3-1 on a powerplay goal at 13:24 of the middle frame. Andrighetto notched his second goal of afternoon at 56 seconds of the third period to give the Bulldogs a three goal lead. Despite two goals from Greg McKegg in the final frame, the Marlies were unable to complete the comeback.
Toronto returns to the ice on Saturday, February 15 for an exhibition game against Färjestad BK of the Swedish Hockey League. Puck drop is set for 3 p.m. at Ricoh Coliseum. Tickets are still available and can be purchased by calling the team’s ticket line at 416-597-PUCK (7825) or by visiting marlies.ca.
Toronto Goal Scorers: Jerry D’Amigo, Greg McKegg (2)
Hamilton Goal Scorers: Jarred Tinordi, Sven Andrighetto (2; GWG), Mike Blunden
I watched some of that game and for the most part, the Marlies looked lethargic ...until it was too late. Leivo didn't do a lot, but he is tall, rangy and has a decent enough stride, and I get the sense that he sees a lot of ice and can elevate his game beyond many players at the AHL level . Too a lesser extent, I saw the same stuff in Percy . I guess I enjoy heady players, and both have decent size . D'Amigo is a great little scooter and I wouldn't doubt he makes a living in the NHL someday as a PK/energy guy . I think McKeg has some tools, but is he a tad slow for the NHL ?? I loved Andrew MacWilliams in September camp, but man, did he get blistered when a Hamilton guy blew by him and scored the 4th (winning) goal . I didn't notice Petter Granburg ...does anyone know if he played that game ? He is a stay at home defenceman, so could just have overlooked him. Decent team, but I say they have 3-4 prospects for the Leafs...no more . Maybe someone out there is better acquainted with the Marlies and can shed a better light on them.