HAMILTON - Peter Delmas made 26 saves in his season debut as the Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Toronto Marlies 2-1 on Sunday in the American Hockey League.
All the game's scoring happened in the first period, with Andreas Engqvist's goal standing up as the winner.
Alexander Avtsin also scored for Hamilton (17-16-5), while Marcel Mueller replied for Toronto (21-15-5). Ben Scrivens stopped 27 shots in taking the loss for the Marlies.
?Delmas made some great key saves with two minutes left,? said Hamilton head coach Clem Jodoin. ?When you recall somebody, why not give them the chance? He had some good numbers so I put him in and he did the job.?
Delmas was recalled from the East Coast Hockey League?s Wheeling Nailers while Hamilton?s starter, Nathan Lawson, recovers from a concussion. In Wheeling, Delmas has a 9-4-0 record with a 2.43 GAA.
Toronto coach Dallas Eakins also credited the call-up for his key saves down the stretch, but thought his own goalie may have had a bit of an off night.
?I think on most nights, I?m not sure if Scrivens would have both of those, but he???d definitely have one of those two (goals),??? Eakins said after the loss. Eakins said the club will reassess who will play for next game. In the last five games, the Marlies have started four different goalies.
The win is the Bulldogs' third straight victory against the Marlies.
Hamilton leads the season series 3-1 just a week ahead of the two teams' outdoor game Jan. 21 at Ivor Wynne Stadium.
Avtsin opened the scoring 59 seconds into the game on a 2-on-1, snapping a shot over a sprawled out Simon Gysbers and past Scrivens.
Toronto tied it up six minutes later on the power play. Mueller got credit for the goal that came after point shot was redirected twice.
The Bulldogs regained the lead with less then a minute in the first.
Garrett Stafford picked up the errant clearing attempt and fed a no-look pass to Engqvist in the high slot and he beat Scrivens blocker side with 57 seconds left in the period.
???(Stafford) makes good plays so I was trying to find an open spot. He gave it to me perfectly,??? Engqvist said of the goal.
The scored stalled at 2-1 in the second, with the largest rise from the crowd coming off a Ryan Hamilton hit. The Toronto forward dumped Aaron Palushaj into the Marlies bench late in the period.
Hamilton captain Alex Henry took an interference penalty with 2:11 left in the third, taking out Toronto captain Hamilton into the post as he drove the net. Delmas stood tall in net, fending off a Marlies squad that pulled their goalie for the entire power play in an effort to tie the game up late.
???We had some hope,??? Toronto winger Greg Scott said of the late power-play. ???They got the better of us tonight.???
Scott said the team needed to play a more simplified game, ???get those greasy goals,??? Scott added.
The Marlies have the week off ahead of the outdoor game, and plan to practice on the outdoor ice Thursday and Friday, weather permitting.
The Bulldogs travel to Milwaukee to face off against the Admirals before they return to the outdoor ice for Saturday???s classic.