TORONTO - A huge disparity in shots and two goals from Mike Glumac were the difference Saturday as the Hamilton Bulldogs beat the Toronto Marlies 2-1 in American Hockey League action.
Hamilton outshot Toronto 43-12 and set a franchise record for the fewest shots allowed in a game. The Marlies' shot total was also a team record.
After drawing a roughing penalty on Hamilton's Eric Neilson, Toronto centre Andre Deveaux made the Bulldogs pay on the ensuing man advantage, tipping in a Brendan Mikkelson point shot in front of goaltender Curtis Sanford.
Marlies goaltender Joey MacDonald was fantastic all game and was sharp early on, stopping pucks in traffic and turning away several dangerous Hamilton chances.
Hamilton's best opportunity in the first came on the power play when J.T. Wyman failed to capitalize after being left alone at the side of the net.
The Bulldogs got on the board early in the second on the man advantage as Glumac popped one in from the side of the goal off a pass from P.K. Subban.
Minutes later, Subban sent Glumac in alone on MacDonald and the Bulldogs winger made no mistake, pumping a wrist shot home.
The Bulldogs used aggressive forechecking to stifle the Marlies and surrendered just two shots on a four-minute Toronto power play. The shots were the Marlies' only two of the period.
Toronto finally showed signs of life midway through the third period, especially on a gritty shift by Stefano Giliati, Justin Hodgman and Ashton Rome but the Marlies couldn't find the equalizer. MacDonald then made a key save on a hard shot by Hamilton's Maxime Lacroix to keep the game within a goal.
A tripping penalty to the Mikkelson with just over two minutes to play snuffed out any chance of a Toronto rally.
Notes: Some members of the Marlies wore pink tape on their sticks in support of breast cancer research. ... Subban ranks third in the AHL for both rookies and blue-liners with 39 points. ... The Marlies also celebrated Chinese New Year during the first intermission of the game. ... Bulldogs defenceman Yannick Weber played his first game since completing a stint with the NHL's Montreal Canadiens.