Morrison's Five Points Lift Bulldogs to 6-4 Win
HAMILTON, ONTARIO. The Hamilton Bulldogs renewed acquaintances with the Oshawa Generals for the first time since opening night on Sunday evening as the two teams met at the Tribute Communities Centre with the Bulldogs closing out a 3-in-4 weekend.
The opening frame saw Oshawa & Hamilton combine for 27 total shots as Zachary Paputsakis returned to the Oshawa crease for the first time since October 22nd, while Marco Costantini stepped back between the pipes coming off a 36 save performance just a day ago. The Bulldogs opened the scoring as Jorian Donovan would be awarded his 2nd goal of the season off a point shot that appeared to go off a screening Ryan Humphrey into the net at 12:16 with Logan Morrison picking up his 18th assist of the season. Just under a minute later Ryan Stepien would equalize for the Generals at 13:08 but before the period was out Gavin White hit a streaking Logan Morrison through neutral ice, setting the puck on a tee to the right side of the net for Avery Hayes to tap in for his 9th of the year, giving the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead through 20 minutes.
The story of the second period was Marco Costantini & Zachary Paputsakis. With the teams trading chances back and forth Costantini would have his net under siege for the first 14 minutes of the second, holding the door shut. Paputsakis meanwhile came up big on multiple occasions stopping a pair of Bulldogs 2-on-1's along with a 3-on-2 that would see a spectacular glove save on a Morrison top of the right circle shot. Noah Nelson would come close to recording his first OHL with back to back chances but the puck just wouldn't cooperate with the rookie forward. With Costantini stopping 30 of 31 & Paputsakis stopping 24 of 26 through 40 the Bulldogs lead a goalies duel 2-1.
From goalies duel to third period shootout, the final frame was a wild one starting with the Generals tying the game at 2-2 with Ryan Stepien recording his second of the game at 5:23. The Bulldogs then opened things up on the power-play with Avery Hayes banking his 10th of the year and 2nd of the night off Paputsakis from Morrison & Mysak at 7:26, followed by Nathan Staios recoding his 4th of the year on the power-play again at 7:48, again from Morrison & Mysak. George Diaco added his 9th of the year to give the Bulldogs a 5-2 at 13:11 from White & Duarte collecting a rebound and sliding home a sweet backhand finish. The Generals didn't go quietly as Luke Torrance got one closer at 16:43 followed by Ryan Stepien with goaltender pulled at 18:14 to get the score to 5-4. The last laugh would belong to Logan Morrison, recording his 6th goal of the season and 5th point of the night into the empty net at 18:49 to close out a 6-4 Bulldogs win.
The Hamilton Bulldogs return to action on Thursday night, December 2nd visiting the Barrie Colts with a 7:30 puck drop.
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