Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Mayer makes 26 saves in defeat; Blunden scores only goal

TORONTO, ONTARIO – Hamilton Bulldogs forward Mike Blunden scored 2:08 into the third period to break Toronto Marlies goaltender Drew MacIntyre’s shutout bid, but that was all the offense Hamilton (1-1-0-2) could muster as they fell 2-1 to Toronto (4-1-0-0) at Ricoh Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

Marlies defenceman and American Hockey League leading scorer T.J. Brennan opened the scoring with his eighth goal of the season on the power play 8:29 into the first period, with assists to defenceman John-Michael Liles and forward Spencer Abbott.


With Toronto on the power play again in the second period, forward Carter Ashton notched his first goal of the season at 5:30 of the middle frame, with Abbott and forward Trevor Smith drawing assists.

Early in the third period, Blunden found the puck wide open in the slot and ripped a wrist shot past MacIntyre to cut the deficit in half, but that was as close as Hamilton would get.

There were 14 power plays on the night, with Hamilton going 0-for-6 and Toronto going 2-for-8.

Robert Mayer got the start in goal for the Bulldogs, making 26 saves on 28 shots in defeat. MacIntyre made 17 saves on 18 shots in the win.
Scoring Summary:

1st Period:
1. TOR – T.J. Brennan – 8 – (John-Michael Liles, Spencer Abbott) – 8:29 (PP)

2nd Period:

2. TOR – Carter Ashton – 1 – (Spencer Abbott, Trevor Smith) – 5:30 (PP)

3rd Period:
3. HAM – Mike Blunden – 2 – (Unassisted) – 2:08
Hamilton: 0-0-1
Toronto: 1-1-0

Hamilton: 9-3-6–18
Toronto: 11-11-6–28

Hamilton: Robert Mayer (L – 28 shots, 26 saves)
Toronto: Drew MacIntyre (W – 17 shots, 18 saves)

Power Play:
Hamilton: 0-for-6
Toronto: 2-for-8

Attendance: 5,119

Three Stars:

1. TOR – Carter Ashton (Game-winning goal)

2. TOR – Spencer Abbott (Two assists)

3. TOR – Andrew MacWilliam (One shot on goal)

Hamilton’s next game is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22nd, when they will host the Rockford IceHogs (AHL Affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks) at Copps Coliseum at 7:30 p.m.

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