The Ottawa 67’s took home-ice advantage away from the Hamilton Bulldogs with a 5-4 thriller Sunday night to tie up the 1st round series 1-1.
The Bulldogs came out flying in the 1st period and it resulted in an early goal as Will Bitten (1) hammered home a rebound at 1:03 for a 1-0 Hamilton lead. The 67’s were back on their heels and didn’t get their first shot on goal until the 6:10 mark with Hamilton leading on the shot clock 8-0.
Ottawa was much better in the 2nd period and got the only goal at 9:28 as the period ended 1-1.
That set up one of the wildest 3rd periods seen in some time as the 67’s out-scored the Bulldogs 4-3. The two team traded goals in the first 5-minutes with Justin Lemcke (1) tying the game at 2-2 at 4:48. Ottawa then jumped out to a 4-2 lead only to see the Black and Gold battle back to tie the game 4-4 on goals by Riley Stillman (1) and Brandon Saigeon (3) on the power-play at 16:56. The 67’s then got a late power-play of their own with Sam Bitten (2) stepping up as hero for Ottawa with the game winning goal at 17:59.
The Bulldogs out-shot the 67’s 35-30.
Ottawa goal scorers were Shaw Boomhower (1, 2), Sasha Chmelevski (1), Travis Barron (1) and Sam Bitten (2).
1) Noel Hoefenmayer (OTT)
2) Riley Stillman (HAM)
3) Shaw Boomhower (OTT)
The series now shifts to Ottawa for Games 3 and 4 Tuesday and Wednesday nights with Game 5 back in Hamilton Friday March 30th at FirstOntario Centre at 7 pm.
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