We're starting to see some common themes in Bulldogs games this year. Usually, they'll start it off with allowing a goal early, usually on the powerplay, and then its 60 minutes of chasing the other team around in your own zone. The Bulldogs are not a fun team to watch right now. They make mistakes on simple plays and really just don't seem to understand the system they're expected to play. That was on display tonight against the Toronto Marlies.
The Marlies opened the scoring at 10:10 of the first period with a short handed goal by Jerry D'Amigo. Greg Scott took the puck down low, and took 3 Bulldogs into the corner with him leaving D'Amigo wide open in front of the net for the easy goal. They would double their lead just 4 minutes later as Keith Aucoin batted a loose puck past Cedrick Desjardins on the power play.
In the second period, the Marlies came out of the gate hard, extending their lead to 3-0 when Greg McKegg beat Cedrick Desjardins five hole with a blast from the top of the faceoff circle. Kyle Hagel, sensing his team needed a spark, dropped the gloves with Mark Fraser, and as usual was fed his lunch. Remember those common themes I was talking about? He had to leave the game to get stitched up he was bleeding so badly.
The Bulldogs continued their parade to the penalty box, which allowed Joe Colborne (you know it's bad when Joe Colborne is scoring) to score on the tail end of a 5-on-3. Colborne finished a pretty passing play putting home a cross crease pass from Keith Aucoin from one knee. Steve Quailer and Michael Bournival were in the box for the Bulldogs. The Marlies went up 5-0 on another power play goal, this time from Ryan Hamilton. Michael Bournival was once again in the penalty box to watch.
Keith Aucoin added his second of the game in the dying minutes of an uneventful 3rd to give the Marlies a 6-0 lead, which they would hold on to (obviously). The Bulldogs have not scored a goal in 3 straight games, dating back to their 6-3 win against St. John's on December 21st.