HAMILTON - Newly appointed captain Kyle Chipchura scored twice as the Hamilton Bulldogs defeated their North Division rival Toronto Marlies 5-2 on Saturday night in American Hockey League action.
Chipchura opened the scoring at 8:45 of the first period when he took a pass from Greg Stewart and blasted a shot off the post and past Toronto goaltender Justin Pogge.
Matt D'Agostini added the Bulldogs' second marker while on the power play at 12:13. D'Agostini tapped a rebound past a sprawled Pogge to increase the Bulldogs' lead to two.
The Marlies cut the lead in half in the at 6:09 of the second period while on a two-man power-play advantage. Tim Stapleton hammered a shot from the point that was tipped by Andre Deveaux and trickled through the legs of Hamilton goaltender Marc Denis.
The Bulldogs responded when Stewart scored at 8:25 of the middle frame. Pogge made the initial save on a Ben Maxwell shot but was unable to stop Stewart, who grabbed the rebound and banged the puck past Pogge to restore Hamilton's two-goal lead.
The Marlies made the game 3-2 when Kris Newbury beat Denis at 11:21 of the second period. Alex Foster fed a pass to Newbury who snapped a shot over the glove of Denis.
Hamilton added two goals in the final frame to seal the win. Max Pacioretty stickhandled past a Toronto defender before backhanding a shot on net that Pogge saved. Mike Glumac raced to the net and poked the puck through Pogge's five-hole at 7:24.
Chipchura notched his second goal of the game at 15:06 of the third. Mathieu Aubin earned his first point of the season when he sent a pass to Chipchura who proceeded to snap a shot that beat Pogge on the short side.
Denis finished with 22 saves on 24 shots. Pogge stopped 23 of the 28 shots he faced.