The Hamilton Bulldogs advanced to the OHL’s Eastern Conference Final thanks to a 4-2 win over the Niagara IceDogs Thursday night and a 4-1 semi-final series victory.
In every game of the series, the team that scored first won the game, so it was a good sign when Robert Thomas (6) snapped one through the 5-hole giving the Bulldogs 1-0 lead at 12:59 of the 1st period.
There was no scoring in the 2nd period, the first time in the series that a period went by without a goal.
With the team’s playing 4 on 4, Hamilton went up 2-0 when Matthew Strome (4) one-timed a shot past Stephen Dhillon at 10:20 of the 3rd period. On the same 4 on 4, Nicholas Caamano (4) scored the game winning and series clinching goal at 11:24 to make it 3-0. Niagara scored twice to make it interesting, but Mackenzie Entwistle (2) sealed the deal with an empty-netter at 19:37 to make the final score 4-2.
Hamilton out-shot Niagara 34-32.
IceDogs goal scorers were Johnny Corneil (1) and Ben Jones (5).
1) Matthew Strome (HAM)
2) Robert Thomas (HAM)
3) Kaden Fulcher (HAM)
The Bulldogs will play the winner of the Kingston-Barrie series in the Eastern Conference Final. The Frontenacs lead 3-games-to-2 after a 7-1 win in Game 5 Thursday night.
For more information on how to get Bulldogs playoff tickets for Round 3, call 905-529-8500 or go to www.hamiltonbulldogs.com