By Dale Lamontagne, Hamilton Bulldogs Correspondent, Bulldogs Hockey Report
HAMILTON, ON — The Hamilton Bulldogs entered Saturday’s contest on a two-game losing streak and were hoping to snap the skid, but that was not the case. The Bulldogs dropped their third consecutive game to the Utica Comets by a score of 3-2 at the FirstOntario Centre.
The first period had a nice pace to it with barely any stoppages and just pure hard hitting hockey. However, the first period saw the Utica Comets strike first.
Only nine or so minutes into the first period Sven Baertschi made a nice pass to Cal O’Reilly who scored the first goal of the game for the Comets.
The rest of the period saw some exciting hockey, but Hamilton did not score a goal to send the game tied into the first intermission.
But the good news for the Bulldogs is, they would get a quick equalizer just seconds into the second period.
Just 18-seconds into the second frame, Bulldogs forward TJ Hensick scored on a 2-on-1 feed thanks to a pass from Eric Tangradi. This was Hensick’s 16th goal of the season.
The Bulldogs jumped to a 2-1 lead after Sven Andrighetto made a nice pass from behind the net to Charles Hudon who slapped the puck in past Comets netminder Joacim Eriksson from the slot.
The second period saw the Comets respond and tied the game. Will Acton shot the puck over Condon’s shoulder after receiving a pass from Baertschi on a quick offensive rush.
The game remain tied 2-2 after forty minutes of play.
The third and final period of the game saw the Comets take the lead with Alex Friesen scoring his seventh marker of the season. Friesen shot the puck at Mike Condon, but it squeezed through Condon’s five-hole just passing the red line.
The final few minutes in the third were intense as the Bulldogs needed to score a goal to force overtime, but they were unsuccessful doing so. Comets took game by a score of 3-2.