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 Brantford Bulldogs

Bulldogs Stay Atop Division with 8-2 Win over Kingston

February 19, 2022 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL)
Brantford Bulldogs News Release


HAMILTON, ONTARIO. The Bulldogs faced off against the rival Kingston Frontenacs for the last time this season on FirstOntario Centre ice, coming off the high of their 6-3 win in Erie last night and looking to extend their lead at the top of the East Division.

The first period both teams looked to find their feet and the Bulldogs took control during the first powerplay of the game dominating zone time in the Frontenacs end and resulting in a 10-1 edge early in shots on goal. With 5 minutes left of the period Marco Costantni and Gavin White scraped the puck off the goal line in a goal mouth scramble to keep the game at 0-0. With just 10.4 seconds left of the period the Bulldogs opened the scoring with Arber Xhekaj creating the assumption of a shot among the Fronts defenders off the left point but turning the puck to Logan Morrison backdoor to tip it in for his 19th of the season with linemate Ryan Humphrey picking up the secondary assist.

Hitting the ice after breaking the ice with 10 seconds left of the first period the Bulldogs took control of the play from puck drop the Bulldogs and again stormed the Fronts zone Leevi Meriläinen was able to hold the door. While on the powerplay the Bulldogs capitalized to double the lead with Avery Hayes scoring his 29th of the season with Costanini creating the play, a quick up to the Kingston blueline to Morrison who saw Hayes open at the hashmarks to give the Bulldogs the 2-0 lead. At the 5-minute mark while on the penalty kill Hayes stole the puck off an errant back pass and was away on a 2-on-1, potting the shortie to get his 30th goal of the season and 2nd of the game with the support of Patrick Thomas to advance the spread to 3-0. After 40 minutes of play the Bulldogs lead the Frontenacs 3-0 with 29 shots to 19.

George Diaco opened the third period with his 16th of the season with a wicked shot over Meriläinen to give the Bulldogs the 4-0 lead off a Ryan Winterton feed at 1:05. After the goal Mark Duarte faced a high hit from Braden Haché sending Duarte down the tunnel and Lawson Sherk standing up for his teammate. While the headshot went unpenalized, Sherk was handed an instigator in Duarte's defense. The Fronts scored on ensuing power-play with Lucas Peric recording his 10th of the season at 2:05 from the left point. To answer back George Diaco tore down the right wing and went top shelf for his 2nd of the game & 17th of the season at 4:35 with assists to Thomas and Jorian Donovan.

Quickly following, Ryan Winterton recorded his 10th goal of the season to send the Bulldogs a 6-1 lead, with Morrison and Jan Mysak combining for a tic-tac-goal finish at 5:11. While on the powerplay Kingston was able to send it passed Costantini at 9:35 to make the game 6-2, Lucas Peric's 2nd of the game and 11th of the season. The Bulldogs answered back again at 13:19 through Nathan Staios, taking a feed from Winterton off the left point and flying low, banking the puck off a Kingston defender and in for his 9th of the season. With 51 seconds left Giordano Biondi recorded his first goal & point as a Hamilton Bulldog, finishing off the passing play of Gavin White & Braeden O'Keefe putting the Bulldogs up 8-2 and sealing the victory. Marco Costantini stopped 24 of 26 in the victory while Logan Morrison recorded 4 points, Winterton 3 and Hayes, Diaco & Thomas a pair each. The Bulldogs move to 3 points ahead of Kingston and to within 3 points of the Mississauga Steelheads for 1st in the Eastern Conference.

The Hamilton Bulldogs are back home for a Family Day matinee to face off against the Erie Otters at 2:00pm at the FirstOntario Centre.

For more information on Hamilton Bulldogs 2021-22 season tickets, flex packs or single game tickets call 905-529-8500 or visit hamiltonbulldogs.com.


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