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Desharnais scores winner late in third to give Hamilton 2-1 win over Marlies

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TORONTO - David Desharnais scored the winner late in the third period to give the Hamilton Bulldogs a 2-1 win over the Toronto Marlies in American Hockey League action Sunday.

Mike Glumac also scored for Hamilton (16-9-2), while Ben Ondrus replied for Toronto (12-12-0-1) in a chippy contest played before 4,327 fans at Ricoh Coliseum.

Cedrick Desjardins stood tall in the Hamilton net, stopping 35 of 36 shots to earn the win. Pogge made 14 saves for Toronto.

With the game tied 1-1 late in the third, Desharnais skated down the left wing and fired a long wrist shot that floated past Pogge's glove.

Toronto was playing its third game in as many nights, but still managed to outshoot Hamilton 10-5 in the first period. Yet the home team failed to capitalize on many chances and Hamilton struck first, with Glumac tipping a shot past Pogge.

Desjardins made the lead stand up with several spectacular saves. Minutes after the Glumac goal, he denied Robbie Earl on a rebound chance, and with just over a minute remaining in the period, he slid across the net to make a glove save on a one-timer by Mark Bell.

Toronto continued to dominate play in the second period, outshooting the visitors 20-3 but once again failing to beat Desjardins.

The game also developed a nasty edge in the middle period, as the teams combined for three fights and several scrums after stoppages in play.

The Marlies finally broke through early in the third period as Ben Ondrus's shot from the slot trickled through Desjardins' legs and over the goal line, but Desharnais responded roughly 10 minutes later.

NOTES: Hamilton next plays on Friday in Manchester. Toronto plays Lake Erie at home on Wednesday.

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