The Hamilton Bulldogs came up with perhaps their biggest win of the season on Friday night, beating the Toronto Marlies for the second time in as many nights.
Sven Andrighetto broke at 2-2 tie early in the third period at 1:38 to put the Bulldogs ahead for the first time on the time.
“I had a great feed from Holland across and I saw it and I had some room… I just sped up and we created a two on one, and it was just a great pass by Holland,” Andrighetto said of his game-winning goal.
The Marlies led twice on the night but the Bulldogs found a way to fight back and tie the game each time.
“It shows character from the team that we never give up and we battle back and of course it is always better when you play with the lead instead of chasing a goal or two,” Andrighetto said.
Mike Blunden scored the first two goals of the game for the Bulldogs and coach Sylvain Lefebvre said that Blunden has been in the position of a go to guy before and that is why he goes to him.
“Mike Blunden has been a horse for us all year long so far to see him get two goals tonight is great because he has been working really hard and obviously the goals don’t come as easy, he’s the forward I have used the most since the beginning of the year so to see him score goals is great,” Lefebvre said.
The Bulldogs put 49 shots on Marlies goalie Drew MacIntyre on Friday night. When the team was not scoring goals, getting the puck on the net has been the focus for the Bulldogs of late and it has paid off the last two nights.
“When you struggle to score goals, if we are not putting the puck on the net, we are not going to score goals, so it was a focus,” Lefebvre said.
The Bulldogs out shot the Marlies 89-41 in the last two games
Also scoring for the Bulldogs was Bulldog captain Martin St. Pierre, who ended any chance of a Marlie comeback with a late goal in the third.
The Bulldogs record now improves to 14-14-0-4 and sit in second place in the North Division.