The Hamilton Bulldogs earned a big point Thursday in a 4-3 shoot-out loss to the Oshawa Generals at FirstOntario Centre.
It was supposed to be a school day game, but icy conditions cancelled school buses, so the Bulldogs opened the doors, free of charge, for the 2,689 fans who came out.
Oshawa got on the board first with a short-handed goal at 2:38 of the 1st period, but the Bulldogs offence got rolling as Matthew Strome (23, 24) scored twice, first on a one-timer and then off the post and off the Generals goalie, to give the home team a 2-1 lead.
The visitors tied the game 2-2 at 6:57 of the 2nd period with the Bulldogs taking the lead once again as Logan Morrison (7) wristed one home on the power-play, high glove side, as the Black and Gold went to the dressing room with a 3-2 lead.
The Bulldogs ran into penalty trouble in the 3rd period and on a 5-on-3 advantage, Oshawa tied the game 3-3 at 15:47 to send the game to overtime.
There was no scoring in OT forcing a shoot-out. Both Generals shooters scored in the skills competition but only Arthur Kaliyev could get one past Oshawa goalie Aidan Hughes as Matthew Strome and Jan Jenik failed to connect.
Hamilton out-shot Oshawa 29-23.
Generals goal scorers were Kyle MacLean (14), Allan McShane (24) and Serron Noel (27).
The game also saw two former Bulldogs return to Hamilton as Brandon Saigeon picked up an assist and scored in the shoot-out while Nicolas Mattinen recorded two helpers.
1) Nicolas Mattinen (OSH)
2) Matthew Strome (HAM)
3) Kade Landry (HAM)
The Bulldogs are on the road in Kitchener on Friday before returning to FirstOntario Centre on Saturday to host the Ottawa 67’s at 4 pm.
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