They are neck and neck in the standings and Hamilton and Mississauga needed extra time to decide a winner Saturday as the Bulldogs walked away with a 4-3 overtime win.
Despite being out-shot 16-4 in the 1st period, the Bulldogs grabbed a 2-0 lead after Kade Landry (4) wired one in from the blue line on the power-play followed up ten minutes later by Owen Burnell’s (1) first of the season.
Halfway through the 2nd period the Steelheads cut Hamilton’s lead in half but Isaac Nurse (9) responded with a short-handed goal to put the Bulldogs up 3-1 at the end of two.
The Steelheads kept the pressure on and scored twice in the 3rd period with the tying goal coming in the final minute with the goalie on the bench to send the game into overtime.
92-seconds into OT, Kade Landry (5) got a shot through from the point for the game winner and his second of the game to make the final 4-3 for the Black and Gold.
Hamilton out-shot Mississauga 40-33.
The Bulldogs have now recorded points in 10 of their last 13 games with a record of 8-3-1-1.
Steelheads goal scorers were Thomas Harley (10), William Portokalis (3) and Alan Lyszczarczyk (25).
With the win Hamilton’s season record improves to 23-21-3-1 while Mississauga’s falls to 22-19-5-1.
1) Kade Landry (HAM)
2) Zachary Roy (HAM)
3) Joe Ranger (MISS)
The Bulldogs head back on the road tomorrow night when they visit the Sting in Sarnia at 7 pm.
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