The Hamilton Bulldogs are back out in in front of the Ontario Hockey League Championship Series 2-1 after a 6-5 win over the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Monday night with over 7,300 fans in attendance at FirstOntario Centre.
It was a wild 1st period that saw the Greyhounds grab an early lead at 1:55 only to see the Bulldogs score three straight from Nicholas Caamano (7) at 4:21, a power-play goal from Arthur Kaliyev (3) at 10:08 and an even strength goal from Will Bitten (4) at 13:35. The Soo got one in the final minute to cut the Hamilton lead to 3-2 after twenty minutes.
It was the Brandon Saigeon (15, 16) show in the 2nd period as the Grimsby native scored twice, with a Sault Ste. Marie goal sandwiched in between, as the Black and Gold went into the 3rd period leading 5-3.
The Greyhounds poured it on in the 3rd, outshooting the Bulldogs 13-2 and out-scoring them 2-1, but a Marian Studenic (3) goal at 17:02 would stand up as the game winner.
The shots on goal were even at 33-33.
Greyhound goal scorers were Joe Carroll (1), Tim Gettinger (5, 6), Jack Kopacka (11) and Morgan Frost (10).
1) Brandon Saigeon (Ham)
2) Tim Gettinger (SSM)
3) Ryan Moore (HAM)
The Bulldogs host Game 4 in the series Wednesday night at FirstOntario Centre at 7 pm.
For more information on how to get Bulldogs playoff tickets for Round 4, call 905-529-8500 or go to www.hamiltonbulldogs.com