Hamilton moved from fourth to first in the North Division Saturday with their win over the Toronto Marlies. Saturday’s win would be the first win for Hamilton in regulation time over their rival. Their first win over the Marlies came earlier in the season in an over time thriller on home ice.
Opening the scoring would be Martin St. Pierre from Hamilton who would connect with Mike Blunden and Nathan Beauliue. The goal would give the Bulldogs the one point edge in the first and it was his fifth of the season. Hamilton would end the first up 1-0 and out shooting the Marlies 9-8.
St. Pierre wasn’t done yet… just over a minute into the second period he would find the back of the net for his sixth goal of the season. Christian Thomas and Patrick Holland would collect the assists. Toronto would continue to be scoreless until just about two minutes left in the period when defenseman Korbinian Holzer would put one past Goaltender Robert Mayer to get the Marlies on the board. Holzer’s goal would come on the power play and would be the only goal for the Marlies throughout the contest.
A scoreless third period, but not without a fight. Not only did the Bulldogs have a stellar penalty kill late in the third but they managed to hold off the extra attacker in order to maintain the one point lead and earn themselves a 2-1 win.
Robert Mayer made a total of 22 saves through out the night off 23 shots to earn himself another win. Mayer suited up for all but one of the match ups against the Marlies so far this year, with this being his first win over the rival.
Hamilton’s next game will take place Sunday afternoon at 3 on home ice when they host Lake Erie. They are currently 2-3 against the Monsters this season. Most recently they topped them 4-1 to end the month of November before dropping 4-1 on the road just a few days ago.