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Mike Blunden leads Bulldogs past Marlies 5-2; Hamilton wins third straight

Saturday, 03.01.2014 / 5:45 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Mike Blunden leads Bulldogs past Marlies 5-2; Hamilton wins third straight

TORONTO - Mike Blunden scored twice, including the winner, as the Hamilton Bulldogs downed the Toronto Marlies 5-2 on Saturday afternoon in American Hockey League action.

Gabriel Dumont, Sven Andrighetto and Justin Courtnall scored for the Bulldogs (25-25-5). who stretched their win streak to three games.

Jerry D'Amigo and Stuart Percy had the goals for the Marlies (32-18-4).

The loss snaps Toronto's season-high four game win streak. Hamilton is now 6-5-0 against Toronto this season.

The 12th and final meeting between the two Ontario teams goes March 16.

Drew MacIntyre made 28 saves for his 14th loss of the season while Robert Mayer made stopped 29 shots in the win.

Blunden gave Hamilton a three-goal cushion at 4:11 as his shot from the face-off dot hit the post and bounced in off of MacIntyre.

The two rivals combined for four second period goals.

Blunden restored Hamilton's lead at 5:57 of the second tipping a Greg Pateryn shot past MacIntyre for his 12th of the season.

Andrighetto gave the Bulldogs its first two-goal lead of the afternoon one timing a Maxime Macenauer feed past MacInytre for his 14th of the season.

D'Amigo pulled the Marlies to within one re-directing a Petter Granberg point shot at 13:10 to make it 3-2. D'Amigo has 10 goals in last 11 games and is one shy of career high 17.

Hamilton enjoyed a 5-on-3 power play for nearly two minutes late in the second.

Brad Staubitz picked up an extra two minutes for slashing prior to his fight with Nathan McIver. Then Jerred Smithson was assessed a match penalty for checking to the head for his hit on Pateryn.

Pateryn was shaken up on the play, but remained in the game. The Bulldogs were unable to connect on the two-man advantage.

Courtnall made it 4-2 with three seconds remaining beating MacIntyre stick-side from the slot for his fifth of the season.

Dumont opened the scoring at 6:34 of the first one timing a Blunden feed five-hole on MacIntyre for his 14th of the season.

Percy tied it 1-1 at 16:56 of the opening frame as his point shot re-directed off of Dumont and past Mayer for his second of the season.

Carter Ashton (hand), who was assigned to the Marlies by the Maple Leafs on Friday, was playing in his first game since Jan. 30. Marlies centre Sam Carrick (upper body) dressed in his first game since Feb. 5.

Notes: Goaltender Christopher Gibson was assigned to Orlando of the ECHL while forward Kory Nagy was released from his professional tryout contract and returned to Orlando.

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