TORONTO, Ontario -- As the captain of the Hamilton Bulldogs, Martin St. Pierre relishes the opportunity to be the go-to guy.
St. Pierre scored twice, including the game winner, as the Bulldogs edged the host Toronto Marlies 2-1 on Saturday in American Hockey League action.
It was the Bulldogs' second win in five meetings with the Marlies this season but its first against Toronto in regulation time.
"We've had some troubles winning games in this building," St. Pierre said about the Ricoh Coliseum. "We've played well. It's good to get contributions from every body and get the two points in this building."
The win puts Hamilton in a three-way tie with Toronto and Lake Erie atop the North Division standings.
St. Pierre scored his fifth and sixth goals of the season to give Hamilton (11-10-3) a 2-0 lead. But Korbinian Holzer responded for the Marlies (12-9-1) at 17:44 of the second period to cut the Bulldogs' lead in half.
"Marty bounced back. I don't think he liked his game last night (in Lake Erie)," said Bulldogs' head coach, Sylvain Lefebvre. "He bounced back with two big goals tonight."
Toronto had an excellent chance to tie it with 3:22 remaining in the third with Nick Tarnasky off for high sticking. Kevin Marshall had the Marlies best chance with the man advantage, but his shot from the top of the face-off circle sailed over the crossbar.
"It could've (been costly) and that's what makes our team," said Lefebvre of the late penalty. "The other guys wanted to bail guys out and that's what makes a winning team. You're there for one another and you care for one another."
Drew MacIntyre made 21 saves for just his second loss on home ice this season. Robert Mayer made 22 saves in the win.
St. Pierre one-timed a Mike Blunden feed past a sprawling MacIntyre for his first goal of the game at 11:52 of the first period.
Then at 1:02 of the second, St. Pierre put home a no-look feed from Christian Thomas. The goal marked St. Pierre's team-leading 22nd point of the season.
"We knew we had to get a good dump-in and work their defence," St. Pierre said of the game-winner. "It was a great forecheck by Patrick Holland and a great pass by Thomas."
Holzer beat Mayer from a sharp angle for his second goal of the season with Hamilton's Tarnasky off serving a double minor for butt-ending Jamie Devane at 15:59 of the second period.
Toronto went 1 for 5 with the man advantage while Hamilton scored on 1 of 3 power play opportunities.
The two teams face-off once again Fri., Dec. 13 in Hamilton.