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THE HAMILTON BULLDOGS ARE OHL EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS

Casey Bruton

The Hamilton Bulldogs are Eastern Conference Champions after a 2-1 win over the Kingston Frontenacs Thursday night. The Bulldogs claimed the Bobby Orr Trophy by winning the series 4-1 and now move on to the OHL Championship Series.

The game started with the Bulldogs pressing early, but unable to get one past Kingston goalie Jeremy Helvig. The Frontenacs didn’t get a shot on goal until the 9:50 mark of the 1st period, but it got by Kaden Fulcher for a 1-0 lead.

The Bulldogs dominated the 2nd period out-shooting Kingston 17-6 and Justin Lemcke (2) got a shot through from the point at 8:22 to tie the game 1-1.

It was a tight checking 3rd period that had a feeling of overtime, until 12:56 when Connor Walters (1) faked a shot from the point, walked in and let a wrist-shot go from the top of the face-off circle that Jeremy Helvig never saw until it whistled over his right shoulder and ended up in the top corner of the net for a 2-1 lead. The Bulldogs shut Kingston down the rest of the way until the final siren went and the celebration began.

Hamilton out-shot the Frontenacs 38-18.

The Frontenacs goal was scored by Jason Robertson (10).

3 STARS:

1)  Connor Walters (HAM)

2)  Justin Lemcke (HAM)

3)  Kaden Fulcher (HAM)

SERIES AT A GLANCE:
Game 1 – KGN 2 @ HAM 6
Game 2 – KGN 1 @ HAM 7
Game 3 – HAM 3 @ KGN 1
Game 4 – HAM 2 @ KGN 5
Game 5 – KGN 1 @ HAM 2

The Bulldogs advance to the OHL Championship Series and will face the winner of the Western Conference Final between the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and the Kitchener Rangers.

For more information on how to get Bulldogs playoff tickets for the OHL Championship Series, call 905-529-8500 or go to www.hamiltonbulldogs.com

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