The Hamilton Bulldogs snapped a four-game losing streak with a 5-4 shoot-out win over the Battalion in North Bay Sunday afternoon.
Will Bitten (20) picked up a loose puck in the blue paint and buried the opening goal of the game at the 1:44 mark. Jack Hanley and Michael Cramarossa earned the assists. North Bay would answer back with two goals at 10:03 and 19:35 to take a 2-1 lead to the dressing room after the opening twenty minutes.
Ben Gleason (5) sidestepped an attacking Battalion forward and wired a hard wrister through traffic and into the back of the net to even the game up at 2 at 2:12 of the second period. The goal was unassisted. Gleason (6) would strike again just 1:56 later, this time with a big slapper from the top of the faceoff circle to give Hamilton a 3-2 lead. Justin Lemcke and Niki Petti picked up the helpers. North Bay would strike again late in the period to tie the game 3-3 with just 6.5 seconds left in the period.
The Bulldogs took their third lead of the game as Zach Jackson (3) pounced on a big rebound at 5:33 of the 3rd period to make it 4-3. Connor Walters picked up the only assist on the play. The Battalion would fight their way back yet again with a goal at 10:58 to tie things up 4-4 sending the game into overtime.
Hamilton had a couple of great chances to end the game in extra time, but failed to beat North Bay goaltender Brent Moran. For the second straight game the Bulldogs would have to go to a shoot-out.
The Bulldogs out-shot the Battalion after sixty-five minutes of play 33-32.
Michael Cramarossa was the only one to score in the shoot-out as Hamilton goalie Kaden Fulcher stopped all three Battalion shooters to secure the 5-4 win.
The Battalion goal scorers in regulation time were Brett Hahkala (1), Brad Chenier (7), Max Kislinger (6), and Steve Harland (25).
Ben Gleason’s two goals earned him the honour of being named the game’s 1st star. The Battalion’s Steve Harland potted a goal and two assists and was named the 2nd star. Hamilton’s Michael Cramarossa, with an assist in regulation and the game winning goal in the shoot-out was 3rd star.
Hamilton’s season record improves to 30-25-4-3 while they are now 16-13-1 on the road.
The two points moves the Bulldogs back into 4th place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Hamilton is back in action Friday March 10th when they travel to St. Catharines to face the Niagara IceDogs at 7 pm. They’re back at FirstOntario Centre Saturday March 11th to play the Peterborough Petes at 7 pm.