An historic win for the Hamilton Bulldogs as they won their first game at the 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup with a thrilling 2-1 victory over the WHL Champion Swift Current Broncos Monday night.
The Bulldogs completely dominated the 1st period and cashed in early on a power-play as Mackenzie Entwistle (1) jumped all over a rebound at 5:49 to give the Black and Gold a 1-0 lead. Despite outshooting the Broncos 22-4, Hamilton went to the dressing room with just that slim lead.
Another good period for the Bulldogs in the 2nd, but it was the Broncos that would tie up the game 1-1 with a power-play goal of their own at 9:26.
Hamilton was all over Swift Current in the 3rd, but came up empty time and time against Broncos goalie Stuart Skinner. That was until Marian Studenic (1) took a pass down low and put a quick wrister in for the winning goal at 17:59 before Skinner could get across.
Hamilton out-shot Swift Current 56-22.
Broncos goal scorer was Colby Sissons (1).
1) Stuart Skinner (SC)
2) Mackenzie Entwistle (HAM)
3) Kaden Fulcher (HAM)
With the win the Bulldogs improve to 1-1 while the Broncos drop to 0-2. Hamilton is assured of no less than an appearance in the tie breaker game and still have a chance at 1st place overall that would give them a bye into Sunday’s final.
The Bulldogs take on the Acadie-Bathurst Titans Tuesday night at 10 pm Central, 8 pm Eastern.