The Hamilton Bulldogs wrapped up 2018 with a New Year’s Eve 4-3 shoot-out win in Erie that also snapped a 5-game losing streak.
The Bulldogs came out a little flat and for the sixth straight game they gave up the first goal of the game as the Otters took a 1-0 lead at 8:19. However Arthur Kaliyev (25, 26) took over, first scoring on a wrap-a-round at 13:09 and then with a one-timer on the power-play at 16:05 as Hamilton took a 2-1 lead to the dressing room.
The Otters again had a strong start to a period and tied the game 2-2 at 9:23 of the 2nd only to see the Bulldogs re-take the lead as Matthew Strome (14) finished off a passing play with Brandon Saigeon to make it 3-2 Hamilton.
Erie scored the only goal of the 3rd period at 13:49 to tie the game 3-3 to send the game into overtime.
The Bulldogs out-shot Erie 4-3 in the extra period, but a shoot-out was needed to decide a winner. The Bulldogs Matthew Strome and Brandon Saigeon both scored in the skills competition while only one Otter found the back of the net as the Bulldogs headed back to Canada with a 4-3 win.
Erie out-shot Hamilton 55-34 as Bulldogs goalie Zachary Roy stopped 52 shots to get the win.
Otters goal scorers were Maxim Golod (9, 10) and Joseph Mack (5).
1) Zachary Roy (HAM)
2) Maxim Golod (ERIE)
3) Matthew Strome (HAM
The Bulldogs return home to take on the Kingston Frontenacs on Wednesday January 2nd at FirstOntario Centre at 7 pm.
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