Michael McLeod scores twice in 5-2 loss
The Hamilton Bulldogs came into the Hershey Centre with full force as they are undefeated against the Mississauga Steelheads so far this season. At 8:01 Steelheads forward Keean Waskurak received a two-minute high-sticking minor, however the Steelheads PK unit was able to keep the Bulldogs off the board. At 10:02 Bulldogs forward Ryan Moore received a two-minute minor for tripping, the Steelheads were unable to capitalize on the power play however Will Bitten of the Hamilton Bulldogs was able to sneak one past Jacob Ingham for a short handed goal giving the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead, the goal was unassisted. 16:29 into the first frame Bulldogs forward Zachary Jackson was sent to the box for a two-minute checking from behind minor, Steelheads were unable to get one past Kaden Fulcher with the man advantage. In the final seconds of the first frame Nicholas Caamano just squeezed one by Jacob Ingham expanding the visitors lead to 2-0, the goal was unassisted. Shots on goal were 16-8 in favour of the Hamilton Bulldogs.
Emanuel Vella replaced Jacob Ingham in the start of the second period. The Bulldogs welcomed Vella into the game with a flurry of shots, he was able to make some saves however Connor McMichael was able to get one past him extending the lead to 3-0, assists to Ben Garagan and Zachary Jackson. At 7:20 Nicolas Hague received a two-minute hooking minor which lead to the Bulldogs expanding their lead to 4-0. Brandon Saigeon recorded the goal with Mathew Strome and Ryan Moore picking up the assists. At 14:19 both teams showed emotion which led to a bunch of penalties. Steelheads Shaw Boomhower (holding), Nicholas Canade (roughing) and Bulldogs Matthew Strome (roughing) along with Ryan Moore (roughing). At 15:12 Bulldogs Connor McMichael received a hooking penalty which put both teams on 4 on 4. Steelheads Michael McLeod was able to get one past Kaden Fulcher giving the Steelheads a little bit of life, assist to Owen Tippett. The parade to the box continued as Bulldogs Nicholas Caamano sat for two-minutes for hooking, the Steelheads weren’t able to get one on the power play. Shots on goal were 25-27 in favour of the Hamilton Bulldogs.
1:16 into the final frame Brandon Saigeon sucked the life out of the Herhsey Centre as he expanded the Bulldogs lead to 5-1, assists to Marian Studenic and Nicholas Caamano. 4:06 into the third Riley McCourt received a hooking minor, Steelheads couldn’t get one past Kaden Fulcher. At 12:30 Nicholas Caamano was sent to the box for high-sticking, Bulldogs penatlty unit continued to dominate as the Steelheads weren’t able to get on the board. At 15:29 Zachary Jackson checked Shaw Boomhower which sent him to the box for a two-minute penalty for checking from behind causing a chain reaction, Ben Gargan and Stephen Gibson also received two-minute roughing minors. At 16:10 Reilly Webb got two minutes for interference giving the Steelheads a two-man advantage. Michael McLeod was able to capitalize cutting the Bulldogs lead to 5-2, assists to Ryan McLeod and Nicolas Hague. 19:05 Nicolas Hague stopped a breakaway opportunity for the Bulldogs but received a hooking minor in return. Final shots on goal 47-39 in favor of the Mississauga Steelheads.
The Steelheads will travel to Windsor on December 14th and London on December 16th before returning home Sunday December 17th at 2:00 PM for the teddy bear toss game.