Jenik scores two as Bulldogs down Steelheads 6-4

Jan Jenik recorded two goals in a 6-4 victory against Mississauga on Friday night tying Alex DeBrincat, Connor McDavid & John Tavares for 3rd longest point streak in the OHL this century at 26. The win would be secured in the third, in part by hometown defenseman Michael Renwick who would record the game winning goal in front of friends & family.

The Hamilton Bulldogs got an energetic start to the first period at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre with Navrin Mutter setting a physical tone early in laying hits on both Thomas Harley & Ole Bjorgvik-Holm. Hamilton would feed off the energy and even believing they had scored when Jan Jenik tipped a point drive past Kai Edmonds but the goal would be quickly waived off for a high stick keeping the game scoreless. The deadlock would be broken at 16:15 of the opening period, as Cole Schwindt would find a streaking Ty Collins to record his 6th of the season giving the Steelheads a 1-0 they would take to the locker room through 20 minutes.

The second period found the offense the first frame may have lacked as the teams combined for five goals in the ensuing 20 minutes. Bradey Johnson would open the scoring just 0:55 into the period, after winning the draw, Michael Renwick hit Jake Gravelle for a one-timer which was stopped but Johnson, sliding on knee, was able to flip in his 3rd of the season to tie the game 1-1. The Steelheads would respond with a pair over a 5:18 span, starting with Keean Washkurak finding a loose puck in the left circle for his 10th of the season at 3:11 before the 20th ranked power-play in the OHL would strike. James Hardie would collect his 10th off a rush on the right-wing side and putting the puck just under Marco Costantini’s arm to give the Steelheads a 3-1 lead. The Bulldogs would battle back though, first at 9:57 Arthur Kaliyev drove the left-wing side and had his shot stopped by Edmonds, but Jan Jenik’s rebound wasn’t as he collected his 21st of the year and pushed his scoring streak to an incredible 26 games. Then at 17:15 Navrin Mutter would find Avery Hayes in stride across the Mississauga blueline who would beat Edmonds 5-hole for his 9th of the season tying the game 3-3 which is where the second period would end.

The third period would witness more of the same offensive madness, with another four combined markers before the final horn would sound. Jan Jenik recorded his 2nd of the night, 26th of the season on a brilliant shorthanded rush to give the Bulldogs the 4-3 lead at 8:57 before Thomas Harley would respond on a point drive for his 12th of the year just 0:39 later. At 14:41, Harley would play the puck through the middle of his own zone, not finding a friendly stick and allowing Michael Renwick to walk into a shot and hammer home his 1st of the season, which would stand as the game winner. Avery Hayes would add his 2nd of the night & 10th of the season into the empty net at 19:35 to secure the Bulldogs victory.

The Hamilton Bulldogs return to action on Saturday, December 7th, as the team hosts the back end of the home and home with the Mississauga Steelheads at the FirstOntario Centre with puck drop at 4:00pm.

Source: Reed Duthie

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