The Hamilton Bulldogs were unable to cash in on a two-goal lead and ended up dropping a 3-2 Ontario Hockey League game that was decided by a shoot-out.
Will Bitten, in the first period and Michael Cramarossa, on a powerplay early in the second frame, had staked the Bulldogs to a 2-0 lead over the visiting Kingston Frontenacs. But that advantage was wiped out by goals from Ted Nichol, on a powerplay with just over three minutes to go in the second period, and Jacob Paquettte’s marker with 32 seconds left before the second intermission
The low shooting affair – the two teams combined for a total of 15 shots on goal in three periods – produced no goals in the final period to send the game into overtime. When that session failed to produce a result, Jason Robertson and Linus Nyman gave the Frontenacs the shoot-out decision after Matthew Strome and Cramarossa shot blanks.
The loss for the Bulldogs was their third straight and it was the team’s sixth straight game decided by one goal. That streak has produced one win. The Bulldogs return to league play Saturday, Dec. 10 when the Saginaw Spirit visit at FirstOntario Centre at 7 p.m.
1, Hamilton, Bitten 6 (Petti, Jackson), 6:08.
2, Hamilton, Cramarossa 10 (Laishram, Lemcke), 2:52 (PP).
3, Kingston, Nichol 5 (Popov, Desrocher), 16:46 (PP).
4, Kingston, Paquette 1 (Nichol, Desrocher), 19:28.
Penalties-Caron Kgn (unsportsmanlike cnd.), 1:25; Brahaney Kgn (fighting), 4:10; Jackson Ham (fighting), 4:10; Field Kgn (check to the head), 5:36; Bitten Ham (interference), 15:41.
Penalties-Laishram Ham (tripping), 4:27.
OT Period- No Scoring.
Shootout – Kingston 2 (Robertson G, Nyman G). Hamilton 0 (Strome NG, Cramarossa NG).
Shots on Goal
Goalies-Kingston, Helvig 12-9-1-1 (11 shots-9 saves). Hamilton, Fulcher 11-9-2-1 (12 shots-10 saves).
Power Play Opportunities-Kingston 1 / 2; Hamilton 1 / 2.
Referees-Chris Carnegie (44), Matthew Traub (30).
Linesmen-Scott Lawson (98), Justin Tang (80).