The Hamilton Bulldogs put an end to a 3-game losing streak to the Niagara IceDogs Thursday night with a come from behind 5-4 overtime road win.
Both teams came out a little tentative, but the chances started to come as the starting goalies, Hamilton’s Kaden Fulcher and Niagara’s Colton Incze had to be good. The Bulldogs got a power-play and took advantage as Ryan Moore (15) snapped a 14-game goal-less streak at 12:54 to give the Black and Gold a 1-0 lead.
The IceDogs were out-shot in the 2nd period 13-11 but still managed to outscore the Bulldogs 3-1 with two of their goals coming on the power-play. Brandon Saigeon (34) scored on the backhand for Hamilton, but Niagara took a 3-2 lead to the dressing room after forty minutes.
Hamilton needed a 3rd period comeback and that’s what they got. Kade Landry (4) tied the game 3-3 only to see the IceDogs re-take the lead with their 3rd power-play goal of the game. Hamilton kept the pressure up and Mackenzie Entwistle (11) tip home a shot at 13:41 to send the game into overtime tied 4-4.
The Bulldogs got a break as the IceDogs were penalized for firing the puck out of play at the end of regulation time which meant a 4-on-3 power-play to start overtime. It didn’t take long as Arthur Kaliyev (28) blew one by the Niagara goalie at the 30-second mark for the OT game winner.
Hamilton out-shot Niagara 42-34.
IceDogs goal scorers were Ben Jones (21), Akil Thomas (20), Sam Miletic (32) and Kirill Maxsimov (31).
1) Sam Miletic (NIA)
2) Arthur Kaliyev (HAM)
3) Akil Thomas (NIA)
With the win, Hamilton’s season record improves to 39-16-3-3.
The Bulldogs are back on home ice at FirstOntario Centre to face the Ottawa 67’s Friday at 7:30 pm with the Oshawa General in town on Saturday at 7 pm.
For information on Bulldogs single game tickets and playoff tickets, call 905-529-8500 or go to www.hamiltonbulldogs.com