HAMILTON, Ont. - Hamilton Bulldogs cruised to a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Marlies in a scrappy affair in American Hockey League action Sunday night.
The game was the eighth of 12 meetings between the Bulldogs (39-14-8) and Marlies (24-28-10) this season, and the animosity between the teams was evident with four second-period fights involving eight different players.
The constant fighting even got in the way of some offence. Toronto's Kyle Calder thought he scored midway through the second period, but the play was blown dead just before the puck crossed the line because a fight had started back near centre ice.
While the scraps were hotly contested, it was Hamilton that had the upper hand on the score sheet.
After Tim Brent gave Toronto a 1-0 lead through the first period, Ben Maxwell tied the game early in the second when he one-timed a rebound over goalie Joey MacDonald on the power play.
Mike Glumac and P.K. Subban scored goals less than two minutes apart midway through the second period to give the Bulldogs a comfortable lead, while David Desharnais scored Hamilton's fourth goal a minute into the third period by crashing the net with the puck.
Ryan White rounded out the scoring with a short-handed empty-netter after MacDonald was pulled with over five minutes remaining in a desperate attempt to generate scoring chances.
Notes: Hamilton was without defenceman Mathieu Carle, who has been injured since Jan. 13, and forward Tom Pyatt, who was called up by the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday morning. ... Toronto's Keith Aulie did not dress as he is out for the season with a shoulder injury. ... Five Hamilton players had a two-point night: Desharnais, Subban, Mike Glumac, Brock Trotter and Andre Benoit. ... The Marlies are 3-5 against the Bulldogs this season. ... The Bulldogs lead the Western Conference with 86 points, while the Marlies are sixth in North Division with 58 points.