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Hamilton Bulldogs win 3-2 in overtime over Toronto Marlies

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HAMILTON, Ont. - Yannick Weber scored 1:47 into overtime for Hamilton as the Bulldogs beat the Toronto Marlies 3-2 in American Hockey League play Tuesday night to tie a franchise record with their ninth straight win.

David Desharnais and Ryan White had the other goals for Hamilton (43-14-8), which also won nine straight in the 2002-03 season. Brock Trotter added two assists.

Toronto (25-30-11), which got goals from Alex Foster and Brendan Mikkelson, has just one win in its last five. Newly signed Drew Paris picked up two assists for The Marlies.

Toronto was without five defencemen - Keith Aulie, Juraj Mikus, Jonas Frogren, Toddy Perry and Joey Ryan - and forward Richard Greenop because of injury, while team captain Ben Ondrus was a healthy scratch. The Marliers were also without wingers Viktor Stalberg and Jay Rosehill, who were on called up to the Toronto Maple Leafs for their game against the Boston Bruins.

Hamilton was also short-staffed, with Mathieu Carle, Max Pacioretty, Eric Neilson and Greg Stewart all nursing injuries, while forwards Ben Maxwell and Tom Pyatt were called up for the Montreal Canadiens' game against Tampa Bay.

"It's tough mentally, because you want to be out there with the team - especially when you're doing so well this year," said Pacioretty. "It motivates you to get back on the ice as soon as possible."

On the winning goal, Weber snapped a shot off a big rebound from the faceoff circle through the legs of Marlies goalie James Reimer.

Toronto opened the scoring on a 5-on-3 power play when Mikkelson beat Bulldogs goalie Curtis Sanford cleanly with a low slapshot from the point five minutes into the first. The goal snapped Hamilton's streak of 36 straight penalty kills.

Hamilton tied the score with a power-play goal of their own as Desharnais patiently skated across the crease before flipping the puck over sprawled Reimer at 15:55.

The Marlies took the lead again with less than a minute left in the second after Foster danced around a check by Bulldogs defenceman Chad Anderson before beating Sanford.

The Bulldogs answered midway through the third, after White tipped a slapshot from Andrew Benoit past Reimer on the power play.

Notes: The Marlies are 3-6 against the Bulldogs this season. The teams meet three more times this season, with the next game coming March 20 in Toronto. ... The Bulldogs lead the Western Conference with 94 points, while the Marlies are sixth in North Division with 60 points, 10 points back of a playoff spot. ... Hamilton called up forward Maxime Lacroix from the ECHL's Cincinnati Cyclones, while Toronto signed Paris to a professional tryout contract.

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