Toronto Marlies Defeats Hamilton Bulldogs in Front of Record Crowd

The Toronto Marlies defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs, AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens, by a score of 3-2 this afternoon at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. A sold out crowd of 18,800 marked the largest crowd ever for an indoor AHL game in Canada.

Joe Colborne’s second goal of the season opened the scoring for Toronto at 4:48 of the first period. The Marlies extended their lead on a powerplay at 14:08 when Keith Aucoin recorded his seventh tally of the year. Mike Kostka gave Toronto a 3-0 lead on another powerplay at 19:04 of the middle frame. The Bulldogs would record two late goals in the final period but fell short in their attempt to tie the game.

Toronto takes to the ice again on Friday night in Michigan where they will play the Grand Rapids Griffins, AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. Puck drop is set for 7 p.m. The Marlies next home game is January 2 at 7 p.m. against the Hamilton Bulldogs. Tickets for that game are still available and can be purchased by calling the team’s ticket line at 416-597-PUCK (7825).

Toronto Goal Scorers: Joe Colborne, Keith Aucoin, Mike Kostka (GWG)

Hamilton Goal Scorers: Frederic St-Denis, Nathan Beaulieu

Game Notes

– Today’s game at Air Canada Centre marked the 9th largest crowd in AHL history

– Toronto outshot Hamilton 33-21

– Ben Scrivens earned the victory while Cederick Desjardins took the loss

– The Marlies went 2-for-7 on the powerplay and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill

– Toronto ranks 2nd in the AHL in average attendance (7,025)

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