The Hamilton Bulldogs started off the weekend by getting out of Erie with a 4-3 win over the Otters Friday night.
The Bulldogs were determined to get off to a fast start and take the game to the Otters early and they did just that as Marian Studenic (15) wrapped home a rebound at the 28-second mark to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. The Otters took advantage of their first power-play at 12:04 to tie the game 1-1, but Hamilton ended the 1st period strong as Ryan Moore (14) celebrated his 300th career OHL game with a goal to give his team a 2-1 lead.
It was the Nicolas Mattinen (6, 7) show in the 2nd period as the big defenseman showed off his booming shot scoring his first two goals as a Bulldog giving the Black and Gold a 4-1 lead.
Erie made it interesting in the 3rd period with two goals, 1-minute apart to cut the Hamilton lead to 4-3, but the Bulldogs survived a mad push by the Otters in the dying seconds to hang on for the 4-3 win.
Hamilton out-shot Erie 28-22.
The Otter goal scorers were Ivan Lodnia (20), Aidan Timmermans (1) and Chad Yetman (4).
1) Nicolas Mattinen (HAM)
2) Matthew Strome (HAM)
3) Ivan Lodnia (ERIE)
The win improves the Bulldogs season record to 30-10-3-3.
It’s back to FirstOntario Centre as the Bulldogs host the Oshawa Generals Saturday at 4 pm. For tickets go to http://bit.ly/2jxxZn8.
For information on Bulldogs flex packs and single game tickets call 905-529-8500 or go to www.hamiltonbulldogs.com