League-leading Hamilton Bulldogs first OHL team to clinch playoff spot

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Published March 10, 2022 at 1:53 pm

League-leading Hamilton Bulldogs first OHL team to clinch playoff spot
Riding a nine-game winning streak, the Hamilton Bulldogs are the first Ontario Hockey League club to clinch a playoff spot thanks to a Sudbury Wolves loss. (hamiltonbulldogs.com photo)

Riding a nine-game winning streak, the Hamilton Bulldogs are the first Ontario Hockey League club to clinch a playoff spot.

The loss Wednesday night by the ninth-place Sudbury Wolves assured that the Eastern Conference-leading Bulldogs would take part in their fifth straight OHL playoffs with 19 games remaining on their regular-season schedule.

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The Bulldogs have won 16 of their last 17 games.

Hamilton has a two-point conference lead and five games in hand over the second-place Mississauga Steelheads. They’re also in a good position to clinch home ice throughout the postseason, holding a two-point edge over the West-leading Flint Firebirds and four games in hand.

The Bulldogs are 23-4-1-2 at FirstOntario Centre this season.

Next up for Bulldogs is a trip to Barrie and Mississauga Thursday and Friday before returning home to play in the Outdoor Showcase at Hamilton’s Tim Hortons Field on Mar. 14 at 7 p.m. against the Oshawa Generals.

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