Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Spencer Abbott Has a Goal and Assist as Marlies Down Bulldogs 4-1

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Spencer Abbott Has a Goal and Assist as Marlies Down Bulldogs 4-1

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Toronto Marlies down Hamilton Bulldogs 4-1

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HAMILTON - The Toronto Marlies built a comfortable lead through two periods, and played sound defence to see out a comfortable win on Friday.

Toronto scored three goals in the second period en route to a 4-1 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs in the American Hockey League.

"We did a good job of keeping our composure and managing the puck," said Marlies head coach Steve Spott. "We talked a lot through 40 minutes about managing the puck through the neutral zone and not turning it over. We did a good job of getting pucks behind Hamilton and then arriving first on them.

"I was proud of the way that we completed the game."

Spencer Abbott had a goal and two assists, and Kory Nagy, T.J. Brennan and Brad Ross also scored for the Marlies (13-9-1). Drew MacIntyre made 28 saves.

Louis Leblanc had the lone goal for the Bulldogs (12-11-3), while Robert Mayer stopped 20 shots in a losing effort.

Friday's result brought Toronto level with Hamilton for second in the AHL's North Division, and just a point back of the division-leading Rochester Americans with three games in hand.

The Marlies enjoyed offensive pressure from the opening whistle Friday, but the Bulldogs were able to effectively limit their scoring chances early in the first period.

That luck ran out at 11:08 of the period, when Andrew MacWilliam's point shot bounced off the end boards and straight to Abbott to the right of Mayer's net. Abbott easily slotted the puck into the empty net with the goaltender well out of position.

Hamilton pushed back immediately, and nearly found an equalizing goal when winger Patrick Holland drove the net and one-timed a centring pass toward MacIntyre. The goaltender was up to the challenge, and dropped low to kick aside the slap shot.

The Bulldogs began the second period with pace, and saw two quality scoring chances pass them by when Holland and Nick Tarnasky were both denied by MacIntyre from close range.

After weathering the early pressure, the Marlies struck to double their lead at 7:24 of the second period. …

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