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Dec 6, 2006, 11:07 PM EST


TORONTO (CP) - The Toronto Marlies took too many penalties and paid the price, losing 5-3 to the Hamilton Bulldogs in front of only 1,977 people at Ricoh Coliseum in American Hockey League action Wednesday.

Kyle Chipchura, with two, Jonathan Ferland, Mikhail Grabokvski and Duncan Milroy scored for the Bulldogs (13-9-0-1), who have beaten the Marlies in three of five attempts this season.

John Mitchell, Brett Engelhardt and Erik Westrum replied for Toronto (9-12-2-2), which dropped its third straight.

The Marlies gave the Bulldogs 10 man advantages during the game, including six straight in the second period. Hamilton only converted on one power play, but constant penalty killing wore the Marlies down.

"That's a frustrating way to lose, when you're killing (penalties for) 13-14 minutes in one period," Engelhardt said after the game. "That's more than most teams do in a game. That's tough to swallow."

Added Marlies coach Greg Gilbert: "You can't take penalties now - that's all the game is. Our discipline has to be better than it is."

Toronto took a 1-0 lead when Mitchell scored his fifth of the year at 4:55 of the first period. The Marlies failed to score on a two-minute, 5-on-3 advantage late in the period, and Hamilton immediately took advantage when both penalized Bulldogs came out of the box and broke in alone on Toronto goalie Jean-Francois Racine.

Ferland scored on the play with just 14 seconds left in the first to pull Hamilton even.

The Bulldogs took their first lead of the night at 12:04 of the second period on Grabovski's power-play goal, but Toronto tied it up 42 seconds later on Engelhardt's eighth of the season.

Milroy jabbed a loose puck past Racine at 18:34 of the second, in a play hotly disputed by Marlies players, to give Hamilton a 3-2 lead.

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