The Hamilton Bulldogs were looking to sweep a home and home series with the Mississauga Steelheads but dropped a 4-3 decision Saturday night at FirstOntario Centre.
It was a fast paced first period with Luke Kutkevicious (3) opening up the scoring for the Bulldogs at 12:38, after he jumped on a loose puck and buried the rebound. Jack Hanley and Connor Walters picked up the assists. However, the Steelheads would respond in a hurry as they scored twice to take a 2-1 lead to the dressing room after the first period.
There was no scoring in the second period as the Bulldogs looked for a third period comeback.
Adam Laishram (4) scored early in the 3rd, after fooling Mississauga goalie Matthew Mancina with a head fake and a nifty backhand-forehand move to pull the Bulldogs back even at 2-2. Trent Fox and Justin Lemcke were credited with the assists. The Steelheads took the lead back at 3-2 with another power-play goal at 4:12, but Laishram (5) would add his 2nd of the night, also on the power-play, to tie the game at 3, with Justin Lemcke and Michael Cramarossa picking up the assists. The Steelheads power-play struck yet again as Owen Tippett (25) finished off a beautiful tic-tac-toe passing play to give the Steelheads a 4-3 lead they wouldn’t give up.
The Bulldogs outshot the Steelheads 37-22.
Hamilton is back in action Sunday night when they take on the Generals in Oshawa before taking some time off for the Christmas break.
The next home game is December 28th when they host the Erie Otters at FirstOntario Centre at 7 pm.
For more information on Hamilton Bulldogs Holiday Flex Packs call 905-529-8500 or visit hamiltonbulldogs.com