The Mississauga Steelheads capitalized on their best 20 minutes of the season to propel themselves to their first victory of the season, knocking off the Bulldogs by a 6-2 final.
The night started off on a positive note for the Hamilton Bulldogs with the returns of both goaltender Zachary Roy and center Logan Morrison and would continue with an early 1st period power-play that would see tremendous zone time and puck control but nothing past Steelheads netminder Kai Edmonds. Payton Vescio would ring a goal post before the halfway point of the period but the opening frame was a goaltender’s duel with Roy coming up big on an Adam Varga chance before Edmonds would steal a goal away from Arthur Kaliyev. The shots were 13-11 in favour of the Bulldogs but no breakthrough would come.
The second period would see the Steelheads begin to turn momentum in their favour, Roy would come up with a needed stop on a Thomas Harley bid before Max Dodig would ring the post with the Bulldogs goaltender trying to get right to left. At the 5:50 mark of the second period Cole Schwindt would find James Hardie standing all by his lonesome at the right of the Bulldogs goal to make it 1-0 for the Steelheads and it was just the beginning, at 8:03 Richard Whittaker would clean up a James Hardie rebound before Keenan Washkurak would shelf a Whittaker feed at 10:04 giving Mississauga a 3-0 lead. Jan Jenik would have a breakaway opportunity to get the Dogs back in with 9:17 left in the third but a rolling puck would find the glove of Edmonds to erase the chance. Before the period was over a bouncing puck would settle at the right point on the stick of Thomas Harley who would send a seeing eye shot through traffic to give the Steelheads a 4-0 lead after 40, a period in which they outshot the Bulldogs 24-9.
The third period would open with a Liam Ham rocket from the right point to make it 5-0 just :33 into the frame but the Bulldogs would show fight Liam Van Loon would find Arthur Kaliyev for his 3rd of the season at 1:27 and later send Jan Jenik in alone for a brilliant one handed, backhand goal at 7:38 but that’s as close as the Bulldogs would get. Max Dodig would add his 1st in the OHL at 18:14 to end the night and give the Steelheads a 6-2 victory.
The Hamilton Bulldogs return to action tomorrow night when they host the Oshawa Generals for a 7pm puck drop, and finish a 3 in 3 weekend when they host the Kingston Frontenacs on Sunday at 2pm.
Source: Hamilton Bulldogs