by SAMANTHA ZEITZ
The Hamilton Bulldogs ended a 4-game losing streak Friday night in Kitchener with a thrilling 6-4 win over the Rangers.
Offense was at a premium through most of the 1st period, but then the power-plays went to work. First the Rangers got on the board at 16:38 then it was the Bulldogs turn. With a 5-on-3 advantage Logan Morrison tied the game 1-1 and then 25-seconds later Arthur Kaliyev (on the power-play gave Hamilton a 2-1 lead.
Hamilton’s power-play went 3-for-3 early in the 2nd as Kaliyev scored his second of the game to give the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead with Matthew Strome, who already had three assists, making it 4-1 at 6:02. Kitchener eased the Hamilton momentum with a goal at 14:31 to cut the Bulldogs lead to 4-2 after 40-minutes.
The Rangers got back in the game in the 3rd period with back-to-back short-handed goals on the same Bulldogs power-play to tie the game 4-4. However, with Kitchener applying the pressure, Jan Jenik made no mistake on a breakaway at 14:27 to restore the Bulldogs lead at 5-4 with Arthur Kaliyev finishing off his hat-trick with an empty-net goal at 19:57 to make the final 6-4.
Hamilton out-shot Kitchener 34-32.
Arthur Kaliyev finished the game with 5-points (3G-2A), Matthew Strome had 4-points (1G-3A) while Logan Morrison had 3-points (1G-2A).
Hamilton was 3-for-6 on the powerplay while Kitchener was 1-for-2.
Kitchener goal scorers were Jonathan Yantsis, Greg Meireles, and Rickard Hugg.
The Bulldogs return to FirstOntario Centre Saturday when they host the league leading Ottawa 67’s at 4pm.