Bulldogs end busy road weekend on high note

Hamilton's Harper continues hot scoring streak

Stephen Harper has registered a point in each of the Bulldogs' games this season. hamiltonbulldogs.com

Stephen Harper extended his point-streak to 11 games as the Hamilton Bulldogs split a pair of weekend road games.

Blake Speers’ power-play goal at 16:51 of the second period proved to be the winner as the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 3-2 on Saturday night.

Harper, who had recorded a point in each game coming in, opened the scoring for Hamilton at 11:24 of the first period. After stealing the puck at the Greyhounds’ blue-line, Harper skated in all alone on Brandon Halverson and made no mistake in extending his point-streak to 10 games.

The ‘Hounds tied it at one less than a minute later as Boris Katchouk, who injured Bulldogs captain Justin Lemcke in the first meeting, netted his fifth of the season unassisted at 12:04.

Makar Tokarev gave the Soo a 2-1 lead when his one-timer from the faceoff circle beat Charlie Graham at 15:33 during a power play. Colton White and Gustav Bouramman picked up the assists on the play.

Harper brought the Bulldogs to within 3-2 after deflecting a Jake Bricknell shot past Halverson at 9:36 of the third period for his second of the game and eighth of the season.

That’s as close as the Bulldogs would get, despite outshooting the Greyhounds 35-27.

Sunday night produced a rebound as Hamilton scored four third period goals, coming back to defeat the Sudbury Wolves 6-3.

With Sudbury leading 3-2 late in the third period, Ben Gleason tied the game by blasting a slapshot past Matthew Menna at 15:19.

The game seemed destined to head to overtime but Niki Petti found some space in front of the Sudbury net and put the Bulldogs ahead 4-3 at 18:28. Adam Laishram and Michael Cramarossa picked up assists on the play.

Maurizio Colella scored empty-net goals at 18:57 and 19:32 to seal the victory for Hamilton. Harper picked up an assist on Colella’s second goal, extending his point-streak to 11 games.

Hamilton opened the scoring in the game when Cole Candella wristed a hard shot past Menna at 11:31 of the first period.

Sudbury tied it 1-1 on a power play when defenceman Conor Cummins floated a point-shot through traffic and beat a screened Connor Hicks at 16:33.

Just over two minutes later, the Wolves scored an identical goal to put them ahead 2-1. This time it was Kyle Capobianco cashing in for a power play marker of his own.

Mackenzie Entwistle tied it at two for Hamilton with his first OHL goal. With the Bulldogs killing a penalty, Petti found Entwistle in the slot and he buried one past Menna at 13:33 of the second.

Matt Schmalz gave Sudbury a 3-2 lead heading to the third as he chipped the puck over Hicks’ shoulder at 17:02.

Hamilton went 0-for-5 on the power play while Sudbury cashed in on two of its six opportunities.

The Bulldogs next see action at home on Wednesday when they take on the defending Memorial Cup Champion Oshawa Generals at 7 p.m.

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By: Jamie Mountain
Posted: Oct 26 2015 1:22 pm
Filed under: Hockey Sports