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Sven Andrighetto scores twice as Hamilton Bulldogs beat Toronto Marlies 4-3

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TORONTO - It was too little too late for the Toronto Marlies.

The Marlies tried to erase a three-goal deficit, but ran out of time as the visiting Hamilton Bulldogs skated away with a 4-3 win on Sunday in American Hockey League play.

"In this league, you usually get what you deserve, and we didn't deserve two points," said Marlies coach, Steve Spott. "It would've been nice to see us bang one home and maybe get into overtime, but the hockey gods usually shine the right way and we didn't deserve that point tonight."

Jerry D'Amigo opened the scoring 51 seconds into the first period for the Marlies, but it was all Hamilton after that scoring twice in the opening frame and outshooting Toronto 13-9.

Jared Tinordi and Sven Andrighetto scored first period goals, erasing the early 1-0 deficit. Mike Blunden gave Hamilton (22-22-4) a 3-1 lead in the second before Andrighetto scored his second of the night 56 seconds into the third.

Greg McKegg scored two third period goals for Toronto (28-16-4), but that's as close as the Marlies would get.

Hamilton's Dustin Tokarski made 19 saves for his 16th win of the season while Drew MacIntyre made 24 saves in the loss.

McKegg admitted the slow first period was the difference.

"That cost us in the end I think, we started to push, started to get our legs late in the third and it was too little too late," he said. "We talked about it before the game that they had some travel last night and they played late last night. We just didn't take advantage and it cost us."

Tinordi tied it 1-1 at 5:02 of the first, beating MacIntyre with a snap shot from the face-off circle. Tinordi now has two goals in two games after scoring just once in his first 41 games.

Hamilton enjoyed a two-minute 5-on-3 power play after Jerred Smithson and Kenny Ryan were assessed minor penalties at 11:54 of the first.

The Bulldogs quickly capitalized. Andrighetto put home his first of the afternoon off a Nathan Beaulieu point shot for his 11th of the season at 12:44 giving the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead.

Blunden made it 3-1 at 13:44 of the second, on a power play, with his 10th of the season.

Andrighetto gave Hamilton a three-goal lead in the first minute of the third walking around Marlies defenceman Andrew MacWilliams and beating MacIntyre stick-side for his 12th of the season.

McKegg pulled Toronto to within two on a power play, putting a loose puck up and over the shoulder of Tokarski at 8:37.

Then with 46 seconds remaining, and the Toronto net empty, McKegg picked up his second of the game putting home the rebound off a T.J. Brennan point shot.

Toronto played without forward Spencer Abbott, who is sidelined with a lower-body injury. The 25-year-old is expected to suit up Wednesday in the AHL All-Star game, however Spott wasn't able to confirm if he will be ready to go in time.

"That's something we're wrestling with now," he said. "I sure hope so, but at the end of the day we'll do what's best for Spencer and the organization."

Notes: Nathan Beaulieu, who was assigned to Hamilton by Montreal Sunday morning, had two assists in the win. ... The Toronto Maple Leafs assigned Smithson to the Marlies on Sunday morning.

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