Hamilton Bulldogs dominate 2nd period to take first round opener against Peterborough Petes

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Published April 22, 2022 at 12:23 pm

Hamilton Bulldogs dominate 2nd period to take first round opener against Peterborough Petes

The Hamilton Bulldogs began their pursuit of an Ontario Hockey League championship with a decisive 5-2 win on home ice Thursday (Apr. 21) against the Peterborough Petes in Game 1 of their first-round best-of-seven matchup.

After a scoreless opening period, Hamilton’s own Arber Xhekaj opened the scoring on a second-period powerplay. Mason McTavish, Brenden Anderson, and Logan Morrison also scored for the Bulldogs, who went into the second intermission up 4-1. Brian Zanetti scored the lone tally for the Petes in the second frame.

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Peterborough’s Donovan McCoy opened the scoring in the third, cutting Hamilton’s lead in the half. But a 5-on-3 helped ensure a Bulldogs victory after Logan Morrison tipped in a shot from the blueline from Nathan Staios.

Morrison finished the game with two goals, while Seattle Kraken draft pick Ryan Winterton had three helpers.

Marco Costantini stopped 20 of 22 shots for his first career playoff win.

The Hamilton Bulldogs return home Monday for a 7 p.m. puck drop at FirstOntario Centre in Game 2 against the Petes.

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