In what could be a preview of a first round playoff series, the Hamilton Bulldogs dropped a 3-1 decision to the Frontenacs in Kingston Sunday afternoon.
The two teams came out flying, but a fast paced 1st period ended with no goals scored. Hamilton outshot Kingston 8-5 in the period.
The Frontenacs opened the scoring 12 seconds into the second frame. Matthew Strome (33) answered back for the Bulldogs on the power-play at 14:11. Strome took advantage of a pileup in front and tucked home a wrap-around. Niki Petti and Brandon Saigeon picked up the assists as the second period ended tied 1-1.
The Frontenacs would capitalize on a lengthy 5 on 3 power-play advantage at 3:38 of the 3rd period to take a 2-1 lead. In a controversial play, Kingston would take a 3-1 lead at 7:23 as it appeared Bulldogs goalie Dawson Carty was speared on the play. He remained on the ice for several minutes, but was able to stay in the game. There was no penalty called and the goal stood.
Ted Nichol (12), Linus Nyman (22) and Brett Neumann (10) were the three Frontenacs goal scorers.
The Bulldogs out-shot Kingston 22-21.
1st Star honours went to Jason Robertson, who had 3 assists in the game. Bulldogs forward Niki Petti was the 2nd star after picking up an assist. The 3rd Star went to Ted Nichol who notched the first Kingston goal
Hamilton’s season record falls to 29-24-4-2 while their road record is now 15-13-1-0 as the Frontenacs take a one point lead over the Bulldogs for sole possession of 4th place in the Eastern Conference standings.
Despite the loss, the Bulldogs are still 3-1-1-0 against Kingston this season with one more meeting between the two March 17th in Kingston.
The Bulldogs are back in action as they return home for their next game Friday March 3rd when they host the Peterborough Petes at FirstOntario Centre at 7:30 pm.