A wild start to the season for the Bulldogs as they dropped a 7-5 decision in North Bay Friday night despite a 5-point performance from Brandon Saigeon.
The Bulldogs scored on their first shot of the game as Arthur Kaliyev (1) took a perfect pass from Brandon Saigeon at 3:59 to make it 1-0. However, the Battalion scored four unanswered goals to take a 4-1 lead by the mid-way point of the 2nd period. Saigeon (1) converted on the power-play at 12:36 as the period ended 4-2 for the home team.
Hamilton cut the lead to 4-3 at 10:13 of the 3rd as Brandon Saigeon (2) scored his second goal of the game only to see North Bay respond with two more to take a 6-3 lead with less than 4-minutes left in the 3rd. Hopes of a come-back weren’t over as Nicolas Mattinen (1) and Arthur Kaliyev (2) scored 45-seconds apart to once again cut the Battalion lead down to one at 6-5 with 1:21 left. The Battalion secured the win with an empty net goal at 19:44 to make the final 7-5.
The Bulldogs out-shot North Bay 33-32.
Hamilton’s power-play was 2/2 while the Battalion went 1/1.
North Bay goals were scored by Daniel Walker (1), Adam McMaster (1, 2), Cameron Peters (1), Matthew Struthers (1, 2) and Nick King (1).
1) Adam McMaster (NB)
2) Christian Propp (NB)
3) Brandon Saigeon (HAM)
The Bulldogs are back in action Saturday night as they travel to Barrie to face the Colts at 7:30 pm.
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