Overtime goal sends Hamilton to defeat

hamiltonbulldogsbackgroundThe Eastern Conference leading Kingston Frontenacs (32-14-2-2) got an overtime goal from Stephen Desrocher to defeat the host Hamilton Bulldogs (19-27-5-0), 4-3 at FirstOntario Centre.

While the Bulldogs were looking to get back into a playoff spot at the conclusion of their third, and final, game of the week Saturday night (Feb. 6), Kingston picked up its 32nd win of the season, handing Hamilton’s its 32nd loss of the current Ontario Hockey League campaign.

After falling behind 1-0 after the first period, Hamilton took. 3-1 lead into the final period.

Michael Dal Colle, with his 22nd goal of the season, had given the Frontenacs the early edge but two counters from Matt Luff, 12 and 13 on the year 31 seconds apart, and a singleton from Trent Fox appeared to put the hosts in the driver’s seat.

But goals by Spencer Watson and Dal Coole, his second on the night, sent the contest into overtime and Desrocher would settle the matter for Kingston.

Connor Hicks made 38 saves for the Bulldogs who were outshot 42-29.

The Bulldogs are back in action on Wednesday, Feb. 10 for their annual School Day game when they’ll take on the 26-18-3-3 Niagara IceDogs. Puck drop will be at 10:30 a.m. Tickets for the game are not available to the public.

Game summary

First period
1, Kingston, Dal Colle 22 (Watson, McKeown), 14:54.
Penalties-Crouse Kgn (misc-usc), 0:00; Luff Ham (misc-usc), 0:00; Kachyna Ham (tripping), 3:33; Cramarossa Ham (tripping), 6:05; Nichol Kgn (hooking), 11:30; McKeown Kgn (elbowing), 12:13; Kutkevicius Ham (tripping), 19:11.

Second period
2, Hamilton, Luff 12 0:13.
3, Hamilton, Luff 13 (Fox), 1:34.
4, Hamilton, Fox 23 (Cramarossa, Kachyna), 9:47.
Penalties-Foegele Kgn (roughing), 5:58; Laishram Ham (holding), 5:58.

Third period
5, Kingston, Watson 28 (Crouse, Dal Colle), 14:36.
6, Kingston, Dal Colle 23 (Desrocher, Watson), 15:56.
Penalties-Gordeev Ham (holding), 13:53.

OT Period
7, Kingston, Desrocher 10 (Dal Colle, McGlynn), 2:23.
Penalties-No Penalties

Shots on Goal
Kingston 13-13-15-1-42.
Hamilton 11-11-7-0-29.
Power Play Opportunities: Kingston 0 / 4; Hamilton 0 / 2.
Goalies-Kingston, Helvig 11-2-0-1 (29 shots-26 saves). Hamilton, Hicks 6-9-2-0 (42 shots-38 saves).

Attendance: 3,664
Referees-Darcy Burchell (38), Sean Pindar (3).
Linesmen-Ryan Holmstead (91), Adam Harris (49).

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