The Hamilton Bulldogs finished the weekend beating the Mississauga Steelheads 5-3 Sunday afternoon at FirstOntario Centre.
The visiting Steelheads got off to a strong start, but couldn’t put any pucks past Bulldogs starting goalie Kaden Fulcher. Hamilton’s power-play then went to work. First, Justin Lemcke (5) buried a rebound at 13:27 for a 1-0 lead. That was followed up at 18:39 as Brandon Saigeon (12) took a perfect pass and made no mistake to make it 2-0 after one.
Mississauga survived an early Hamilton power-play to start the 2nd period and that seemed to give them a boost. The visitors got on the board at 5:50 to cut the Bulldogs lead to 2-1 after forty minutes.
Things got interesting in the 3rd period. Matthew Strome (14) made it 3-1 Black and Gold at 7:20 followed by a Marian Studenic (11) goal at 11:10 that put the Bulldogs ahead 4-1. However, the Steelheads cut the lead to 4-2 at 12:18 and then on a power-play and the goalie on the bench, Mississauga made it a 4-3 hockey game at 18:23. It looked like Hamilton would put this one away, but Marian Studenic missed the empty net on a breakaway, only to see Brandon Saigeon (13) find the empty net at 19:57 to make the final 5-3.
The Bulldogs out-shot the Steelheads 32-24.
Steelheads goal scorers were Michael McLeod (5), Merrick Rippon (1) and Nicholas Hague (16).
1) Matthew Strome (HAM)
2) Ryan Moore (HAM)
3) Marian Studenic (HAM)
With the win, the Bulldogs record improves to 16-6-3-3 and they will hold on to 1st place in the East Division and 1st overall in the Eastern Conference.
Hamilton is back on home ice Wednesday night as they host the Guelph Storm at FirstOntario Centre at 7 pm.
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