The Hamilton Bulldogs fed off the power of the Teddy Bear Saturday on their way to a convincing 7-1 win over the Saginaw Spirit at FirstOntario Centre.
The Bulldogs came out with one of their best 1st periods of the season keeping the visiting Saginaw Spirit hemmed in their own zone and that pressure resulted in a Will Bitten (8) power-play goal at 4:15. That also meant the appearance of thousands of teddy bears raining down from the stands for the annual Teddy Bear Toss in support of the Salvation Army and Bell Media’s Toy Mountain. It was back to hockey as the Bulldogs offense continued to roll with goals from Nick Caamano (14) at 10:26 and Arthur Kaliyev (11) at 12:09 to make it 3-0 Hamilton after the opening twenty minutes.
The Bulldogs made it 4-0 as Marian Studenic (12) connected on the power-play at 4:53 of the 2nd period. Saginaw cut the lead to 4-1 at 5:11, but the Black and Gold pumped in two more as Matthew Strome (15) made it 5-1 at 17:59 followed by Arthur Kaliyev’s (12) second of the game at 18:43 as the Bulldogs took a 6-1 lead into the 3rd period.
Just one goal in the 3rd, but it was a big one for Hamilton rookie Connor McMichael (1) who scored his ever OHL goal at 10:18 to make the final score 7-1.
The Bulldogs out-shot the Spirit 42-23.
Saginaw’s goal scorer was Aiden Prueter (3).
1) Arthur Kaliyev (HAM)
2) Marian Studenic (HAM)
3) Will Bitten (HAM)
With the win, Hamilton’s season record improves to 17-7-3-3.
The Bulldogs are on the road Sunday afternoon to face the Steelheads at the Hersey Centre at 2 pm. Next week, Hamilton makes the trip north to North Bay and Sudbury before returning to FirstOntario Centre for the last home game before the Christmas break on Sunday December 17th vs the Peterborough Petes. For tickets, go to http://bit.ly/2iJJl3u.
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