The Hamilton Bulldogs started off the weekend by getting out of Erie with a 4-3 win over the Otters Friday night.

The Bulldogs were determined to get off to a fast start and take the game to the Otters early and they did just that as Marian Studenic (15) wrapped home a rebound at the 28-second mark to give the visitors a 1-0 lead. The Otters took advantage of their first power-play at 12:04 to tie the game 1-1, but Hamilton ended the 1st period strong as Ryan Moore (14) celebrated his 300th career OHL game with a goal to give his team a 2-1 lead.

It was the Nicolas Mattinen (6, 7) show in the 2nd period as the big defenseman showed off his booming shot scoring his first two goals as a Bulldog giving the Black and Gold a 4-1 lead.

Erie made it interesting in the 3rd period with two goals, 1-minute apart to cut the Hamilton lead to 4-3, but the Bulldogs survived a mad push by the Otters in the dying seconds to hang on for the 4-3 win.

Hamilton out-shot Erie 28-22.

The Otter goal scorers were Ivan Lodnia (20), Aidan Timmermans (1) and Chad Yetman (4).

3 Stars:

1)  Nicolas Mattinen (HAM)

2)  Matthew Strome (HAM)

3)  Ivan Lodnia (ERIE)

The win improves the Bulldogs season record to 30-10-3-3.

It’s back to FirstOntario Centre as the Bulldogs host the Oshawa Generals Saturday at 4 pm. For tickets go to

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