The Hamilton Bulldogs picked up where they left off before the Christmas break as they extended their win streak to six in a row Thursday night with an 8-4 win over the short-staffed Mississauga Steelheads.
The Bulldogs didn’t show any rust early as Mackenzie Entwistle (3) scored on the power-play at 2:14 to take a 1-0 lead. Mississauga gained a little momentum and tied the game at 6:01 only to see Hamilton re-take the lead at 11:48 as Brandon Sageon (17) made it 2-1 followed by newcomer Riley Stillman (2) who scored at 13:03, just hours after being acquired from the Oshawa Generals, to increase the lead to 3-1. The Steelheads got one back late at 18:16 to make it a 3-2 game at the end of 1.
Mississauga tied the game 3-3 at the 51-second mark of the 2nd period, but Hamilton got goals from Matthew Strome (18) at 9:07 and on the power-play, Brandon Saigeon’s (19) second of the game at 14:40 to take a 5-3 lead after forty minutes.
The Black and Gold made sure this one didn’t get away by out-scoring the opposition 3-1 in the 3rd period on goals by Mackenzie Entwistle (4), Connor McMichael (4) and Brandon Saigeon (20) who completed his hat-trick with an empty-netter to make the final 8-4.
Hamilton is now 5-0 against Mississauga this season.
Final shots on goal were 42-30 in the Bulldogs favour.
Mississauga goal scorers were Cole Schwindt (7), Trent Fox (11) and Owen Tippett (8, 9).
1) Brandon Saigeon (HAM)
2) Riley Stillman (HAM)
3) Matthew Strome (HAM)
With the win, Hamilton’s season record improves to 22-7-3-3.
The Bulldogs host the Kingston Frontenacs at FirstOntario Centre on Saturday afternoon at 4 pm. For tickets go to http://bit.ly/2l0Ifor.
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