Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Blunden Scores Twice as Bulldogs Beat Marlies for Second Straight Night

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Blunden Scores Twice as Bulldogs Beat Marlies for Second Straight Night

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Hamilton Bulldogs double Toronto Marlies 4-2

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HAMILTON - The Hamilton Bulldogs had enough fight left in them on Friday to take their second game in as many nights against the Toronto Marlies.

Hamilton fought back twice from a goal down, before riding a strong third period to 4-2 victory over Toronto in American Hockey League action.

"It shows character to fight back the way that we did," said Hamilton winger Sven Andrighetto. "You always want to play with the lead instead of chasing. But we showed what we can do tonight."

Mike Blunden scored twice for the Bulldogs (14-14-4) while Andrighetto and Martin St. Pierre added the others.

Dustin Tokarski made 20 saves in the win.

Carter Ashton and Sam Carrick scored for the Marlies (16-10-3), while Drew MacIntyre stopped 45 shots.

Bulldogs head coach Sylvain Lefebvre had praise for MacIntyre, who faced 89 Hamilton shots over the course of the teams' home-and-home series on Thursday and Friday.

"The last two games have been full of scoring chances," said Lefebvre. "It was an enigma, trying to solve MacIntrye. But we kept shooting pucks at the net and kept driving it."

The first quality scoring chance of the night fell to the Bulldogs three minutes into the opening period, when Gabriel Dumont held the puck in the left circle and tested MacIntyre with a low wrist shot before chasing his own rebound.

It would be the Marlies who struck first, however, after Bulldog captain St. Pierre was whistled for charging at 4:59.

Toronto's Spencer Abbott shifted the puck to Greg McKegg, who found Ashton in the low slot with a centring pass. Ashton drifted out to the top of the slot, turned and fired a rising wrist shot that beat Tokarski just inside the near post at 6:27.

Hamilton used successful cycling to produce a tying goal early in the second period.

Dumont fought off a defender behind the net and circled out front, shovelling a backhanded shot along the ice that MacIntyre kicked to his left. But Blunden spotted the rebound as it slid through the crease, and quickly reacted to slot it in at 3:45.

Special teams were a difference-maker for Toronto once again as the Marlies counter-attacked on the penalty kill to retake the lead at 9:20. …

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