The Toronto Marlies squeaked out a 5-4 win in overtime on Friday night despite being heavily outshot 39-24 and outplayed by the Bulldogs for most of the game.
The Marlies opened the scoring 6:17 into the first period, when Carter Ashton backhanded a Peter Delmas rebound top corner, after Leo Komarov put a shot on net. The Bulldogs were quick to respond though, with Michael Blunden scoring just 21 seconds later. After receiving a pass from Joonas Nattinen at the goal line, Blunden squeezed the puck between the legs of Ben Scrivens to tie the game at 1.
Jake Gardiner restored the Marlies lead in the second period on a point shot that beat Peter Delmas high glove side. The Bulldogs evened the score once again at 11:59 with Brendan Gallagher scoring his first professional goal on the powerplay. Steve Quailer put a shot on net and the rebound came out in front for Gallagher to bang in.
Hamilton would take the lead at 17:37 of the 2nd period, when Frederic St. Denis finished a beautiful pass from Brendan Gallagher into an open net after waiting out Ben Scrivens. Just 41 seconds later however, the Marlies answered on the powerplay after Greg McKegg fired a quick shot off the faceoff that beat Peter Delmas.
The Marlies regained the lead 5:34 into the third period on a nice backhand goal from Mike Zigomanis. Zigomanis took a feed from Nazem Kadri in the slot and roofed it past Peter Delmas. The resilient Bulldogs would once again answer once again after Gabriel Dumont jammed the puck past Scrivens in a scrum in the crease.
The Marlies would end up taking the win in overtime, a slapshot by Gysbers beating Peter Delmas high stick side. The Marlies now lead the season series 2-1, the Bulldogs have now lost 3 straight.