(Photo Via: Hamilton Spectator/Barry Gray)
HAMILTON – The Hamilton Bulldogs picked up their third straight win, beating North Bay 4-1 on Sunday afternoon at the FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton.
MacKenzie Entwistle continued off his first star performance from last night, opening the scoring just 0:56 seconds into the first period. The goal was Entwistle’s 10th of the season and second in as many games. This is the first time Entwistle has scored in consecutive games since October 1st, 2016 (last season) against Niagara, he had scored the night before in a road game against Guelph.
Just 3:40 later, Ryan Moore was called for tripping, sending the Battalion to the power play. Adam Thilander scored just 0:59 into the power play, tying the game at 1-1. Thilander, hailing from Skovde, Swe., has now scored in consecutive games as well. Thilander’s 8th of the year marked his first time scoring in consecutive games since last season, on October 20th, and 21st (2016), when he scored against Guelph and Ottawa.
The game would remain tied until 8:12 left in the second period when Marian Studenic scored his 17th goal of the season. The Holic, Svk., native ended a three game goalless drought, and scored just his second goal in the previous 14 games.
Hamilton would strike again before the period would come to a close. Justin Brazeau took a holding penalty to send the Bulldogs to the power play. With just 7 seconds left in the man advantage, Justin Lemcke scored his 7th of the season to give the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead with five minutes to play in the middle frame. Lemcke, of Whitby, Ont., hadn’t scored since January 12th against London. While the former 18th overall pick of the Belleville Bulls in the 2013 OHL Draft, is having a slower year in the offensive category, he is +21 this season, which is leaps and bounds better than last season when he was +2.
Hamilton would add another early in the third period. Arthur Kaliyev scored his 27th of the season to give his team a 4-1 lead, a hole that North Bay wouldn’t be able to climb out of. Kaliyev, a native of Staten Island, NY., is having an impressive rookie season for the Bulldogs. He now has 27 goals and 15 assists for 42 points in 60 games played. He remains in 3rd place in rookie scoring this season in the OHL, behind Andrei Svechnikov of Barrie and Cam Hillis of Guelph.
Kaden Fulcher picked up the win for the Hamilton Bulldogs. The Brigden, Ont., native picked up his second win in as many games. His last start was Friday night against Kingston in a 2-1 OT win in which he made 18 saves on 19 shots. Fulcher is now 29-15-5 on the season with a 2.81 GAA and a 0.902 SV%.
Christian Propp was the losing goalie in the matchup, making 26 saves on 30 shots. This is the Milton, Ont., native’s second straight loss after losing to Niagara last night. Propp is now 16-7-6 on the season, and 15-6-5 since joining the Battalion from the Barrie Colts.
Hamilton will now be off until Thursday when they travel to Niagara to take on the IceDogs at the Meridian Centre. Puck drop will be at 7:00pm.
North Bay won’t see action again until they play against Ottawa, at home at the North Bay Memorial Gardens, on Thursday night. That puck will also drop at 7:00pm.
First Star: #34 Arthur Kaliyev – 1 Goal, +1, 2 shots on goal – Hamilton
Second Star: #33 Kaden Fulcher – 28 Saves, 29 Shots faced, 1 Win – Hamilton
Third Star: #61 Riley Stillman – 2 Assists, +1, 2 shots on goal, 4 penalty minutes – Hamilton