The Bulldogs recorded the team’s 100th win since moving to Hamilton with a 6-4 victory in Oshawa Sunday night.
The Bulldogs came to play with the offense firing on all cylinders early on with former Oshawa General Riley Stillman (5) getting the Black and Gold on the board at the 50-second mark. Arthur Kaliyev (30, 31) then took over scoring twice in under 3-minutes to give Hamilton a 3-0 lead. Kaliyev is now one of only 25 players in OHL history to score 30 or more goals as a 16-year old. Oshawa got on the board to cut the lead to 3-1, but Robert Thomas (24) blasted one home to give the Bulldogs a 4-1 lead at the end of the 1st period.
The Generals had a better 2nd period scoring twice, once on the power-play, to make it 4-3 for Hamilton heading into the 3rd period.
The Bulldogs took a 5-3 lead at 8:10 of the 3rd thanks to a Ryan Moore (18) goal, but Oshawa responded just 5-seconds later to make it a 5-4 hockey game with more than 11-minutes left to play. The Generals poured it on, but Kaden Fulcher, who came in to replace Nick Donofrio late in the 2nd period, stood tall to preserve the win and Will Bitten (20) scored into the empty net to make the final 6-4.
Hamilton out-shot Oshawa 31-26.
Generals goal scorers were Nick Wong (17), Kenny Huether (29), Jack Studnicka (21) and Hayden McCool (14).
1) Ryan Moore (HAM)
2) Jack Studnicka (OSH)
3) Arthur Kaiyev (HAM)
With the win, the Bulldogs improve their season record to 42-18-3-3 and move to within one point of clinching 1st place overall atop of the Eastern Conference standings.
Hamilton is back in action Thursday night on the road as they face the Niagara IceDogs before wrapping up the regular season in Peterborough Saturday March 17th.
The next home game is Game 1 of the playoffs on Thursday March 22nd with the opponent still to be determined.
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