The Toronto Marlies were burned by a bad break near the end of regulation but the Marlies caught the break of the night as Marlies defenceman Simon Gysbers scored with just 55 seconds left in overtime as the Toronto Marlies defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 5-4 on Friday October 26th.
With time winding down in regulation, the Marlies thought they had scored the winner on a Paul Ranger shot but the goal was called back by a Joe Colborne penalty with just 5 seconds to play.
“with the late penalty, are guys were not affected” Marlies coach Dallas Eakins commented, as the Marlies responded by going out in the overtime period and killing off the penalty, then with less than a minute to play the Marlies won the game with a Gysbers slapshot that got by Peter Delmas.
“It feels nice to get the win and it feels really good to have scored the winner for sure” Gysbers said after the game.
The game was back and forth all night but was also a building block for the Marlies.
“winning that game after having to kill that penalty in overtime is a huge building block for our season.” Eakins added “I thought it was one of those rollercoaster games, up and down,””
Marlies goaltender Ben Scrivens faced 39 shots on the night and stopped a number of tough shots in the overtime.
The Marlies are now 2-1 on the season against their close rival the Bulldogs as these two teams will play again in a home and home series in mid November.