The Hamilton Bulldogs opened up their first-round playoff series with a 6-3 home-ice win over the Ottawa 67’s Thursday night.
Not a great start for the Bulldogs as the visitors from Ottawa had the early jump keeping Hamilton on their heels. The 67’s got their first power-play and took advantage at 13:16 as Sam Bitten (1) buried a rebound. The Bulldogs went on the power-play and tied the game 1-1 as Matthew Strome (1) finished off a nice 3-way passing play at 17:45.
It was a wild 2nd period as Hamilton out-scored Ottawa 3-2 with an end-to-end goal from Ben Gleason (1), Robert Thomas (1) fired home a rebound capped off with Brandon Saigeon (1) making no mistake on a perfect pass from Thomas as the Black and Gold finished forty minutes with a 4-3 lead. Both Ottawa goals were scored by Noel Hoefenmayer (1, 2).
The Bulldogs got an insurance goal at 8:16 of the 3rd period as Saigeon (2) scored on the power-play to make it 5-3 with Thomas (2) putting the exclamation point on his 4-point night with an empty netter at 19:33.
Hamilton out-shot Ottawa 25-23 as Bulldogs goalie Kaden Fulcher picked up his first OHL playoff win.
67’s goal scorers were Sam Bitten (1) and Noel Hoefenmayer (1, 2).
1) Robert Thomas (HAM)
2) Brandon Saigeon (HAM)
3) Noel Hoefenmayer (OTT)
Game 2 in the series goes Sunday night at FirstOntario Centre at 7:30.
For more information on how to get playoff tickets, call 905-529-8500 or go to www.hamiltonbulldogs.com