They’ve struggled to score goals all season, but you wouldn’t have known it Friday night as the Hamilton Bulldogs offense was the story in a 7-4 win over the Erie Otters at FirstOntario Centre.
The Bulldogs came out firing and it only took 35-seconds to open the scoring as Arthur Kaliyev (5) made it 1-0. Hamilton kept the pressure on and went up 2-0 at 3:14 as Justin Lemcke’s (4) shot from the point found the back of the net. Erie finally got their offense going at 8:52 to cut the Hamilton lead to 2-1, but the Bulldogs responded just 11-seconds later as Matthew Strome (6) took a cross ice pass and made no mistake as the Black and Gold took a 3-1 lead to the dressing room.
Both teams tightened up defensively in the 2nd period and after chances at both ends of the rink, Erie cut the deficit to 3-2 with a goal at 15:03. The Bulldogs got a break late as Marian Studenic (5) let go a quick wrist-shot to make it 4-2 Hamilton after forty minutes.
The Bulldogs put this one away with three quick goals in the third period, including two power-play goals from Brandon Saigeon (8, 9) at 1:57 and 5:11 with the 7th goal scored by Connor Walters (1) at 6:53. Hamilton let up a little and Erie scored twice, but it was too little too late as this game ended 7-4 in Hamilton’s favour.
The Bulldogs had six players with multi-point performances led by defenseman Benjamin Gleason who had three assists and Matthew Strome who had a goal and two assists.
Hamilton out-shot Erie 31-29 as goalie Kaden Fulcher picked up his 7th win of the season.
Erie goal scorers were Kyle Maksimovich (10,11), Carson Edwardson (5) and Christian Girhiny (5).
1) Brandon Saigeon (HAM)
2) Matthew Strome (HAM)
3) Benjamin Gleason (HAM)
With the win, the Bulldogs season record improves to 9-5-1-3 while the Otters fall to 8-8-2-1.
Hamilton’s next game is Sunday afternoon when they travel to Mississauga to take on the Steelheads at the Hersey Centre at 2 pm.
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