Marlies blank Bulldogs, 6-0

(CP) — The Toronto Marlies used a strong power-play unit to shut out the Hamilton Bulldogs 6-0 in American Hockey League action Wednesday.

Keith Aucoin, Joe Colborne and Ryan Hamilton had power-play goals and Jerry D’Amigo scored shorthanded for the Marlies, while Aucoin and Greg McKegg also scored at even strength.

Toronto went 3-for-6 with the man advantage and denied all four of Hamilton’s power-play chances.

Marlies netminder Ben Scrivens (13-7-1) faced only 14 shots for the shutout victory, and was at his sharpest during a 5-on-3 advantage for the Bulldogs midway through the second period.

Colborne, who scored for the second time in four games after going 18 contests without a goal, added two assists while Aucoin also had a helper for a three-point game. Toronto defenseman Mike Kostka chipped in with two assists.

The Marlies won for the 11th time in 14 contests (11-1-1-1) to improve to 20-9-1-2 in front of 7,851 fans at Ricoh Coliseum. Toronto padded its lead in the Western Conference and moved to within two points of the first-place Syracuse Crunch in the AHL’s overall standings.

The Bulldogs, shut out for the third consecutive game, fell to 11-18-1-2. They have gone 180 minutes, 30 seconds without scoring a goal.