Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Louis Leblanc's Two Goals Lead Hamilton Bulldogs to 6-4 Win over Toronto Marlies

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Louis Leblanc's Two Goals Lead Hamilton Bulldogs to 6-4 Win over Toronto Marlies

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Leblanc scores 2 as Bulldogs beat Marlies

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TORONTO - This time the Hamilton Bulldogs didn't let a multi-goal lead slip away against their provincial rivals.

Louis Leblanc scored twice as the Bulldogs beat the Marlies 6-4 in American Hockey League action on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs had seen a three-goal lead evaporate in the third but Gabriel Dumont fed Leblanc from the corner and he beat Marlies goalie Jussi Rynnas from close range at 14:41.

Last Saturday Hamilton had watched their two-goal advantage slip away in a 4-2 loss to Toronto.

"It feels huge, you know, (you) can't get satisfied. It's been a tough year for our team, for myself, injury wise, producing wise," said Leblanc who had just scored once in 2013 prior to Wednesday night. "It feels good to get obviously points, but the win's huge."

Nathan Beaulieu, Greg Pateryn, Tyler Murovich and Dumont, into an empty net, also scored for the Bulldogs (15-23-6), while Cedrick Desjardins made 42 saves.

Jamie Devane, Jesse Blacker, Ryan Hamilton and Jerry D'Amigo each replied for the Marlies (24-15-4), while Rynnas stopped 20 shots.

"It was a headshaking night on a number of fronts," said Marlies' head coach Dallas Eakins. "You get down by three goals then you tied it up. Everything's heading in your direction then suddenly another weird bounce out of the corner."

Beaulieu got things started at 5:49 off a faceoff in the Toronto zone when his one-time blast from the left point eluded Rynnas, who was screened on the play.

The Bulldogs doubled their advantage largely thanks to the Marlies drawing three simultaneous minor penalties. Just five seconds into their five-on-three advantage Pateryn fired home his first goal of the season from the point.

It's rarely seen but Devane, Kenny Ryan and Corey Syvret were all sent to the box for minor hooking, interference and high-sticking penalties respectively on the same sequence. …

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