The Bulldogs trail their 1st round playoff series with the 67’s two-games-to-nothing after a 5-2 loss Sunday afternoon in Ottawa.
For the second game in a row, Hamilton played well in the 1st period, but special teams were the difference as Ottawa scored one goal short-handed and one on a power-play to take a 2-0 lead.
The Bulldogs got a big goal at 12:54 of the 2nd period as Matthew Strome (2) converted on the power-play, but the 67’s responded with two quick goals, 29-seconds a part, to take a 4-1 lead after two periods.
Ottawa shut things down in the 3rd period and despite a nice individual effort from Isaac Nurse (1) late in the period, the 67’s tacked on a power-play goal in the final minute to make the final 5-2.
The game turned nasty at times as Bulldogs forward Navrin Mutter was assessed a 5-minute match penalty for cross checking in the 1st period while Ottawa’s Kyle Maxsimovich was kicked out of the game in the 3rd period after receiving a 5-minute major and a game misconduct for charging after running over Hamilton goalie Zachary Roy.
Ottawa out-shot the Bulldogs 35-19,
The 67’s were 3-for-4 on the power-play while the Bulldogs went 1-for-8.
Ottawa goal scorers were Mitchell Hoelscher (1), Graeme Clarke (3, 4, 5) and Jack Quinn (1).
1) Graeme Clarke (OTT)
2) Mitchell Hoelscher (OTT)
3) Cody Clark (OTT)
The series now shifts back to Hamilton for Games 3 and 4 Tuesday March 26th and Wednesday March 27th at FirstOntario Centre at 7pm.
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