The Bulldogs showed off why they lead the Eastern Conference on Sunday afternoon, winning their fifth straight while defeating the Petes 5-2 in Hamilton.
47 seconds into the game, Jonathan Ang was charged with hooking. His teammates had nearly killed off Hamilton’s first power play of the afternoon, but the Black and Gold converted in the final second of the penalty. Ryan Moore fired the puck from the side of the net to open scoring at 2:46.
Peterborough would take the game’s next two penalties – Alex Black for boarding and Nikita Korostelev for slashing. Although the Petes kept the Bulldogs leashed through the first of the two extra-man opportunities, Matt Strome fed Brandon Saigeon in the circle at 8:50 to make it 2-0 Hamilton.
Connor McMichael followed up for the home team, establishing a 3-0 lead for the Eastern Conference-leading club at 11:19. The goal saw Hunter Jones come into the net as the Petes tried to swing the momentum in their favour.
Peterborough earned their first power play chance of the game as Bobby Dow took a high stick to the face in front of Jones. They weren’t able to take advantage of the four-minute opportunity, but a few seconds after the infraction ended, the Petes were able to get on the board. Nikita Korostelev finished off a pretty passing play from Matt Timms and Ang, scoring his 12th of the season to make it 3-1 for the ‘Dogs.
Hamilton, however, was eager to restore their three-goal lead. Just 31 seconds later, standout Arthur Kaliyev scored his rookie-leading 14th marker of the season.
The clubs would head to their rooms after 20 minutes of play with the Bulldogs leading the score clock 4-1 and the shot clock 13-8.
The Bulldogs would pick up where they left off, widening the scoring gap to 5-1, 3:05 into the middle stanza when Zachary Jackson capped off a nifty backhand pass from Liam Van Loon.
Peterborough would take another two consecutive penalties – Nick Robertson for high sticking, and Gleb Babintsev for tripping. The team would be without one of their top PKers, as Ang also picked up a ten minute misconduct.
The maroon and white successfully killed of the pair of penalties, even getting a few scoring chances of their own while down a man. Fulcher, though, put on a show of athleticism to maintain his team’s lead.
In the closing minute of the period, Semyon Der-Arguchintsev rang a shot off the post, one of several just-missed shots by the Petes in the game.
Hamilton continued to out-shoot their opponent, registering 19 shots to Peterborough’s 13 through 40 minutes of hockey.
The Petes came out for the third period, their best of the game, with jump. They fired a handful of shots on Fulcher in the first few minutes of the frame.
After cycling in Hamilton’s zone, Nick Robertson fed Korostelev, who snuck into the slot behind the Bulldogs’ defenders to put away his 13th of the season. His 2nd of the game shortened Hamilton’s lead to 5-2 with 14:29 left to play.
The Steeltown sons would take three consecutive minor penalties to close out the period, but their skilled penalty kill units remained perfect.
Jones was pulled from his net with 1:58 remaining in an effort to even the score, but to no avail.
Peterborough out-shot the Bulldogs 9-7 in the final 20 minutes, but Hamilton held the final shot clock advantage, 29-22.
Connor McMichael, Ryan Moore, and Nikita Korostelev were named the game’s first, second, and third stars.
The Petes will now head home for the holidays. They’ll return to action in Guelph against the Storm on Thursday, December 28 at 7:00pm, before playing their final home game of 2017 on Saturday, December 30 at 7:05pm against the Ottawa 67’s. Game tickets are available starting at $8 through the Collins Barrow PMC Box Office, online
or, by phone at (705) 743-3561.
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