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Hamilton Bulldogs beats Toronto Marlies 3-1 in AHL action

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HAMILTON, Ont. - Max Pacioretty's three-point night helped the Hamilton Bulldogs to a 3-1 win over the Toronto Marlies in American Hockey League play on Wednesday night.

Ryan White and Ben Maxwell had the other goals for Hamilton (37-14-8), while Greg Scott replied for the Marlies (24-27-10).

Pacioretty scored the first goal 42 seconds into the second period after deking James Reimer with a pretty backhand.

It was Pacioretty's second goal in eight games with the Bulldogs. He has 14 points in 52 games with Hamilton's parent club, the Montreal Canadiens, this season.

The Marlies tied it up halfway through the second when Viktor Stalberg's pass found Scott in the slot. Scott fired a wrist shot that beat Bulldogs netminder Curtis Sanford over the shoulder.

But the Bulldogs scored the eventual game-winner with just under three minutes left in the second period. Paciroetty found White with a cross-crease pass for a tap-in past Reimer.

The Marlies wasted numerous chances on the night, including a 5-on-3 power play late in the second period.

Midway through the third period, Toronto had a golden chance to tie the game with Sanford down and out. But Scott's shot over Sanford was batted out of the air by Bulldogs forward David Desharnais just before it crossed the goal-line.

With seven minutes left in the third period, Ryan Hamilton was awarded a penalty shot after being hauled down by Andrew Conboy on a short-handed breakaway. But he was unable to beat Sanford, who stuck out his right pad to block Hamilton's deke.

Maxwell added an empty netter - with from assist to Pacioretty - to finish off Toronto with under a minute to go in the third.

With the victory, Hamilton improved to 4-3 against Toronto this season. The teams meet five more times this year, with the next game coming on Sunday in Hamilton.

Notes: The Bulldogs were missing defenceman Yannick Weber, who played for Switzerland in their 2-0 loss to the Americans at the Olympics earlier in the day. ... Despite a direct conflict with Canada's do-or-die Olympic match against Russia, a crowd of 3,298 showed up. ... Hamilton is now on a three-game winning streak. ... The Marlies' had their three-game winning streak snapped. ... The Bulldogs remain atop the Western Conference, while Toronto is sixth in North Division.

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