In a game that seemed to have a little bit of everything, the Hamilton Bulldogs lost to the Niagara IceDogs 6-5 in a shoot-out Sunday afternoon at FirstOntario Centre.
Half way through the 1st period Arthur Kaliyev netted his 30th of the season to get the Bulldogs on the board and then the power play went to work as Matthew Strome (16) found the back of the net to make it 2-0. With just over two minutes left in the period the IceDogs got their first of the game to cut Hamilton’s lead to 2-1.
Just after the mid-way point of the 2nd period, Matthew Strome was awarded a penalty-shot after being hauled down on a break-away, and right before the shot left his stick, the lights at FirstOntario Centre went out. While Strome scored on the shot, the ruling on the ice was for Strome to re-shoot the penalty shot that was saved by Niagara goaltender Stephen Dhillon. The two teams went on to each score twice in the 2nd period with Brandon Saigeon (25) making good on the power-play followed by Arthur Kaliyev’s (31) second of the game as the Bulldogs led 4-3 after two periods.
After Niagara tied the game 4-4 near the half-way point of the 3rd, Hamilton looked like they might have scored the game winner as Matthew Strome (17) connected on the power-play with just 1:49 left on the clock, only to see a Zachary Roy clearing attempt go off a team-mate right onto an IceDogs stick and into the back of the net with only 20 seconds left to tie the game 5-5.
There was no scoring in overtime and all three Bulldogs (Kaliyev, Strome and Saigeon) were stopped in the shoot-out with Ben Jones scoring the game winner to give the visitors a 6-5 win.
IceDog goal scorers in regulation were Phillip Tomasino (18,19), Jacob Paquette (3), Ben Jones (20), and Andrew Bruder (4).
1) Ben Jones (NIA)
2) Matthew Strome (HAM)
3) Arthur Kaliyev (HAM)
The Bulldogs head south of the border with stops in Saginaw on Wednesday January 9th and then Flint on Friday January 11th before returning home on Saturday January 12th to host the Kingston Frontenacs at 7pm.
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