by SAMANTHA ZEITZ
The Hamilton Bulldogs opened their final road trip of the regular season Thursday night in North Bay with a 3-1 loss to the Battalion.
Battalion captain Justin Brazeauu scored an unassisted goal in both the 1st and 2nd periods to give the home team a 2-0 lead after forty minutes.
The Bulldogs came out hard in the 3rd period and Arthur Kaliyev fired a pass from behind the net to Tim Fleischer in the slot who cut the Battalion lead in half to 2-1 only to see North Bay respond ten seconds later to restore the two-goal lead at 3-1.
Hamilton out-shot North Bay 34-28.
The loss drops the Bulldogs to 8th place in the Eastern Conference standings.
North Bay goal scorers were Justin Brazeau and Patrick Brown.
The Bulldogs wrap up the regular season Saturday night in Sudbury when they take on the Wolves at 7 p.m.