by STEW KERNAN
The Hamilton Bulldogs began a Michigan road trip with a 3-1 loss Wednesday night in Saginaw.
In a fast paced 1st period, the home town Spirit were shooting from everywhere, but Bulldogs goalie and Michigan native Nick Donofrio, in his first start since December 15th, was sharp giving up just one goal on the sixteen shots he faced in the opening 20 minutes. The Bulldogs tied the game 1-1 as Logan Morrison finished off a nice play down low.
Both sides had chances in the 2nd, but Saginaw got the only goal on a power-play to take a 2-1 lead.
The Bulldogs put the pressure on the Spirit in the 3rd but couldn’t find the equalizer as Saginaw got an empty netter with 5-seconds left to secure the 3-1 win.
The Spirit out-shot the Bulldogs 38-27 and are now 11-0-1 in their last 12 games.
Saginaw goal scorers were Jake Goldowski, Bode Wilde and Justin Murray.
The Bulldogs finish their tour of Michigan on Friday in Flint before returning home to host the Kingston Frontenacs Saturday January 12th at 7pm at FirstOntario Centre.
Source: Hamilton Bulldogs