The Hamilton Bulldogs are one win away from a trip to the 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup after a 6-4 win over the hometown Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds Friday night in Game 5 of the Ontario Hockey Championship Series.
The Bulldogs came out and played one of their best 1st periods of the playoffs and got an early lead as Mackenzie Entwistle let go a shot from the slot at 1:39 to make it 1-0.
The Greyhounds started the 2nd period strong and tied the game 1-1 at the 57-second mark, but Hamilton took over, scoring three unanswered goals. First Robert Thomas took a perfect pass from Arthur Kaliyev at the edge of the crease at 2:14 to re-take the lead 2-1, Ryan Moore made it 3-1 after scoring on a breakaway at 8:10 and then Thomas struck again at 16:13 to make it 4-1 after forty minutes.
Hamilton wasn’t giving the Soo anything to start the 3rd period and then Brandon Saigeon scored at 7:06 to make it 5-1 Black and Gold. In most cases that would have been enough, but the Greyhounds caught fire and within a 5-minutes span scored three unanswered goals to cut the Bulldogs lead to 5-4. After some big saves from Kaden Fulcher, Hamilton got an empty-net goal from Nicholas Caamano at 18:35 to make the final score 6-4.
With the win, the Bulldogs take a 3-2 series lead and can claim the J. Ross Robertson Cup as OHL Champions on home ice Sunday afternoon.
The shots on goal were even at 34-34.
Sault Ste. Marie goal scorers were Keeghan Howdeshell, Tim Gettinger, Boris Katchouk and Jack Kopacka.
The J. Ross Robertson Cup will be at FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock as the Bulldogs host Game 6.
Source: Hamilton Bulldogs