Frasca's Pair Halts Bulldogs Momentum in 5-2 Loss
HAMILTON, ONTARIO. The Hamilton Bulldogs took to the road for the first time since December 11th, opening a five game road trip against the Kingston Frontenacs for the 2nd of 3 meetings between the rivals over a span of 14 days.
Without Arber Xhekaj & Gavin White coming into the game, the Bulldogs lost Mason McTavish in warmups with Ethan Sims drawing in and it appeared to start the team on the back foot as the Frontenacs opened the scoring with Zayde Wisdom feeding Martin Chromiak on a 2-on-1 at 8:21 giving Kingston the 1-0 lead. While shorthanded the Fronts doubled the advantage, again on a 2- on-1 with Jordan Frasca feeding Martin Chromiak at 11:52. A third 2-on-1 would make it a 3-0 game as Matthew Soto hit Paul Ludwinski for a shot over Marco Costantini's shoulder at 18:03, leaving the Bulldogs to look for a regroup at the intermission.
The Bulldogs found their rhythm in the second period, killing off a Ryan Winterton delay of game penalty and turning the momentum in their favour. A hard-hat shift from the line of Lawson Sherk, Mark Duarte & Patrick Thomas saw three chances at Leevi Merilainen's goal with Sherk cashing in for his 7th of the season at 5:18 battling off Kingston defenders in the crease. Logan Morrison followed quickly off a d-to-d exchange in the offensive zone from Colton Kammerer & Nathan Staios, Morrison circled high as an outlet, picking up the puck into the right circle, faking a defender down and ripping a shot into the Kingston goal just :28 seconds after Sherk's marker, picking up his 16th of the season and getting the Bulldogs to within one at 3-2. Marco Costantini stood solid in the Bulldogs goal taking away a pair of Shane Wright opportunities, and keeping it a one-goal game heading to the 3rd.
A goal to open the third period from the Frontenacs was called back for off-side keeping it a tight 3-2 game. The Bulldogs earned themselves penalty shots from Avery Hayes & Mark Duarte shorthanded but Merilainen turned both aside. With the Frontenacs on the power-play at 11:01, Jordan Frasca tipped a Martin Chromiak right point shot past Costantini, giving Kingston a 4-3 lead. The Bulldogs fought valiantly until the end, including a 4-minute double minor power-play but it was Frasca who would hit the empty net at 19:04 giving Kingston the 5-2 victory, The Hamilton Bulldogs return to action on Saturday, January 22nd visiting the Ottawa 67's at TD Place before heading to Barrie on Sunday January 23rd to face the Colts at Salon Arena.
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