TORONTO– The Toronto Marlies squared off in two North Division games this past weekend and came away losers in both as their offence struggled to score goals.
Phil DeSimone, Brian Willsie and Garrett Stafford each had a goal and an assist as the Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the visiting Marlies 4-1 on Friday at Copps Coliseum.
Aaron Palushaj also scored for the Bulldogs, who beat Toronto for the fourth time this season.
Matt Frattin scored the lone goal for the Marlies, who lost for the first time in three outings.
Kelsey Wilson and Will Acton picked up the assists.
Nathan Lawson made 19 saves for the victory while Mark Owuya turned away 24 shots in defeat.
Hamilton went 2 for 7 on the power play as Toronto failed to score on three opportunties with the man advantage.
On Saturday the Marlies returned home after seven consecutive games on the road and fell to the visiting Rochester Americans 2-1.
Derek Whitmore and Zack Kassian scored for the Americans, who now sit five points behind Toronto for top spot in the North.
Mike Zigomanis scored for the Marlies, who lost to Rochester for the first time in five games this season.
Ryan Hamilton and Nicolas Deschamps each earned an assist.
David Leggio earned the game’s first star and the win by making 38 saves while Ben Scrivens stopped 25 shots in defeat.
Neither club could score with the power play as Rochester was 0 for 2 and Toronto 0 for 1.
The Marlies are off until Friday when they head to Syracuse to take on the Crunch.
On Monday night, Hamilton and Joe Colborne will represent Toronto at the AHL All Star game in Atlantic City, New Jersey along with head coach Dallas Eakins. All will suit up for the Western Conference.
- The Marlies finished their seven game road trip 3-4-0
- The Marlies are the only team in the North Division with a plus rating in goals for/goals against at +13
- The Marlies power play ranks 26th in the AHL at 14.7% while its penalty kill is 3rd at 85.5%