While the power play, especially in a stint that lasted more than six minutes in the first, left something to be desired, the Barons didn't commit costly penalties to give Hamilton chances on the power play.
The Barons were penalized just twice, a pair of second-period minors, in a 3-0 win over the Bulldogs on Tuesday.
“It's amazing what happens when you bring out the weighted sticks and make them run through the drills with them,” Barons coach Todd Nelson said. “It sort of drives the point home.”
The penalty total was the Barons' least since Feb. 18, when they were penalized just once in a 3-2 win over Milwaukee.
1. Antti Tyrvainen, Barons
Tyrvainen scored his first short-handed goal of the season — the team's eighth — to ignite the Barons 43rd win.
2. David LeNeveu, Barons
LeNeveu has been used primarily to give Yann Danis a rest during three-games-in-three night stretches lately, but took advantage of the midweek start to post his second shutout of the season.
3. Hunter Tremblay, Barons
Tremblay all but sealed the game 8:36 into the third, taking a feed from Mark Arcobello to put the Barons ahead 2-0.
New defensemen shine
With parent club Edmonton recently raiding their defense, the Barons had to rely on a pair of newcomers — Mike Marcou and Martin Marincin — to step in during a critical stretch.
It was the second American Hockey League game for each — Marcou played in Milwaukee over the weekend and Marincin played one game with the Barons last year.
Nelson was pleased with both.
“Marty flew in today and hasn't skated in a week,” Nelson said. “He did a great job for us back there. He's still a kid and I'm sure he's going to start filling out. He's going to be a good player for this organization.”
Marcou had a couple scoring chances.
“Tonight as the game went on, you could see him getting more and more confident,” Nelson said.