Ontario has just two teams in the American Hockey League, and both are within the top ranked teams as they sit one and two in the North Division. The Toronto Marlies and the Hamilton Bulldogs are just within an hour away from each other and tend to put on quite the match ups.
This past weekend the Marlies topped the Dogs once again this year with a 3-1 win to keep their first place spot. Hamilton has won just one match up against Toronto so far this season, which was earlier this month in a game that went into extra time.
Friday nights contest was the first game in six that Goaltender Robert Mayer was between the pipes for the Bulldogs. Mayer has started for all but one of the games against the Marlies, and has yet to win one. He made a total of 26 stops, but allowed three goals which would put another loss to Toronto on his record.
Drew MacIntyre sits in first in the league for wins but sits just outside the top 10 for goals against. Bulldog’s Dustin Tokarski sits in second for goals against and 5th for save percentage. Tokarski was in net when the Bulldogs pulled off an over time win to kick off the month of November over the Marlies on home ice.
The next Battle of Ontario will take place on December 7th in Toronto. Toronto is currently 12-7-1 while the Bulldogs are 10-9-0-3 with 23 points. Although they lead the North Division, the Marlies sit in third in the Western Conference while the Bulldogs are sitting in sixth.