The Hamilton Bulldogs celebrated the 2017-2018 Championship season by raising East Division, Eastern Conference and Ontario Hockey Championship banners to the rafters at FirstOntario Centre Sunday afternoon. However, the Ottawa 67’s put a bit of a damper on the home opener by winning 4-3 in overtime.
Goalies Nick Donofrio of the Bulldogs and the 67’s Cedric Andree were both sharp in the 1st period with Ottawa scoring late to take a 1-0 lead.
The Bulldogs got on the board as Brandon Saigeon (3) scored short-handed just :59 seconds into the 2nd period to tie the game 1-1. Arthur Kaliyev (6) continued his hot start to the season at 9:28 to give the Black and Gold a 2-1 lead. Ottawa replied with two quick goals at 13:39 and 14:57 to take a 3-2 lead to the dressing room.
Hamilton tied things up at 3-3 in the 3rd as Nicolas Mattinen (3) tipped one home on the power-play at 6:59 to send the game to over-time.
The 67’s didn’t take long to record the win as Tye Flehaber scored his second goal of the game just :09 seconds into the extra frame.
Ottawa out-shot Hamilton 32-30.
67 goal scorers were Jack Quinn (1), Lucas Peric (1) and Tye Felhaber (3, 4)
1) Tye Felhaber (OTT)
2) Nicolas Mattinen (HAM)
3) Lucas Peric (OTT)
The Bulldogs are back on home ice at FirstOntario Centre twice next weekend as they host the Oshawa Generals on Friday October 5th at 7 pm and the Peterborough Petes on Saturday October 6th at 4 pm.
For more information on 2018-19 Hamilton Bulldogs seasons tickets, flex packs and single game tickets go to www.hamiltonbulldogs.com or call 905-529-8500.