The Hamilton Bulldogs kicked off their 2018 schedule Wednesday night with a 7-2 win over the visiting Peterborough Petes.
After giving up the opening goal in the last two games, the Bulldogs were determined to have a better start and Will Bitten (13) gave them an early 1-0 lead at 4:37. The Petes responded just 13-seconds later to the tie the game 1-1 only to see Hamilton strike twice to take a 3-1 lead after the opening period with goals from Matthew Strome (22) and Mackenzie Entwistle (5).
After a somewhat freewheeling 1st period, the two teams settled down and concentrated on defense in a scoreless 2nd period.
The Petes gave the Bulldogs a scare early in the 3rd period with a power-play goal at the 38-second mark to cut the lead to 3-2, but the Black and Gold scored four un-answered goals to run away with the 7-2 win. Strome (23), Isaac Nurse (8, 9) and Arthur Kaliyev (16) finished up the scoring.
Hamilton out-shot Peterborough 36-28.
The Peterborough goal scorers were Nikita Korostelev (16) and Zach Gallant (9).
1) Matthew Strome (HAM)
2) Will Bitten (HAM)
3) Arthur Kaliyev (HAM)
With the win, the Bulldogs season record improves to 24-8-3-3.
The homestand continues as the North Bay Battalion are in at FirstOntario Centre Friday night at 7:30 pm. For tickets go to http://bit.ly/2jOjLev.
For more information on Bulldogs flex packs and single game tickets call 905-529-8500 or go to www.hamiltonbulldogs.com