Looking to avenge a 6-4 loss in Sudbury Friday night, the Hamilton Bulldogs returned home to FirstOntario Centre and gutted out a 4-2 Ontario Hockey League win over the Wolves Saturday night.
The two teams exchanged goals in the first period with Sudbury scoring on the power-play early with the Bulldogs responding with a Matthew Strome (7) goal under two minutes later.
The Wolves jumped to a 2-1 lead mid-way through the second, but the Bulldogs got a power-play goal from Will Bitten (2) and what turned out to be the game winner off the stick of Michael Cramarossa (6) to take a 3-2 lead to the dressing room after 40 minutes.
Kaden Fulcher then came to the Bulldogs rescue in the third period when the Bulldogs goaltender weathered a barrage from the Wolves as the visitors fired 21 shots at the Hamilton net but failed to beat netminder.
The Bulldogs got some insurance as Mackenzie Entwistle (7) scored short-handed at 10:34 to finish the scoring.
Final shots on goal favoured Sudbury 37-29 again showing why Fulcher was named the first star.
With the win the Bulldogs remain perfect on home ice at 3-0 improving their regular season record to 7-3.
It’s another three-in-three weekend ahead for the Bulldogs, starting in Kitchener Friday, Oct. 21 before returning for two at home at FirstOntario Centre Saturday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. against the North Bay Battalion with the London Knights in for the Pink in the Rink game on Sunday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m.
1, Sudbury, Sokolov 5 (Capobianco, Yakimowicz), 2:55 (PP).
2, Hamilton, Strome 7 (Entwistle, Saban), 4:24.
Fox Ham (hooking), 1:56; Strome Ham (high sticking), 12:01.
3, Sudbury, Pezzetta 3 (Wilkie, Pilon), 11:24.
4, Hamilton, Bitten 2 (Entwistle, Strome), 17:33 (PP).
5, Hamilton, Cramarossa 6 (Walters), 18:57.
Penalties-Roberts Ham (tripping), 1:57; Pilon Sby (holding), 8:59; Nurse Ham (hooking), 12:05; Wilkie Sby (tripping), 14:27; Bowman Sby (slashing), 16:52; Cramarossa Ham (check to the head), 19:38.
6, Hamilton, Entwistle 7 (Luff), 10:34 (SH).
Penalties-Lyszczarczyk Sby (roughing), 5:09; Strome Ham (roughing), 5:09; Fox Ham (hooking), 10:13; Yakimowicz Sby (roughing), 11:24; Lemcke Ham (roughing), 11:24; Bitten Ham (kneeing), 14:24.
Shots on Goal
Power Play Opportunities-Sudbury 1 / 7; Hamilton 1 / 3.
Goalies-Sudbury, Bowman 3-2-0-0 (29 shots-25 saves). Hamilton, Fulcher 7-1-0-0 (37 shots-35 saves).
Referees-Ryan Hutchison (20), Brett Montsion (11).
Linesmen-Ryan Holmstead (91), Scott Walker (60).