Morrison Extends Point Streak to 18 in 3-2 OT Loss
December 16, 2022 – Ontario Hockey League (OHL) – Hamilton Bulldogs press release
KINGSTON, ONTARIO. The Hamilton Bulldogs’ pre-holiday road trip rolled on Friday night as the bus pulled up outside Leon’s Center in Kingston for the third meeting of the season between the Frontenacs and the Bulldogs, the second in the last six days.
After a good couple of first shifts for the Bulldogs, Kingston got on the power play and quickly struck at 2:26, with Paul Ludwinski earning his 4th of the year from Jacob Battaglia and Quinton Burns to put the home side 1-0 up. From there, Tristan Malboeuf ensured Hamilton had a chance to get back in the game when the Bulldogs’ goalie, the rookie, denied both Matthew Soto and Josh Currie on escape chances. The Frontenacs led 10-7 on the shot clock and 1-0 on the scoreboard over 20 minutes, while the Bulldogs picked up pace towards the end of the third.
It was a middle-frame Hamilton attack that saw Ivan Zhigalov become history as the Bulldogs fired a season-high 23 shots at the Kingston goaltender in the second half and the Colorado Avalanche draft pick turned aside everything opposing him. A scary second-half moment for the Bulldogs after Lawson Sherk was hit from behind in the first half, Hamilton center took a knee to knee from a Kingston defender after making a move past from the right boards , resulting in a 2-. Minute minor and a brief absence for Sherk, but luckily for the Bulldogs a quick return to the game. Despite furious chances from the likes of Cole Brown, Avery Hayes and Noah Van Vliet, who thought he had an empty goal from the right circle until Zhigalov flew over the crease to thwart the attempt, it stayed at 1 for 40 minutes: 0 result of Kingston .
The dam broke just 38 seconds into the third half when Logan Morrison worked the puck back to Avery Hayes and filled in the left point who fired a shot into a crowd in front of Zhigalov who deflected Patrick Thomas who scored his 5th goal of the Season. With his assist, Logan Morrison led his scoring streak to an 18-game OHL lead. At 4:23 of the third period, Paul Ludwinski was knocked down by Patrick Thomas after a charge, who was given a rather dubious 5-minute major due to a check from behind and a game misconduct.
The Bulldogs managed to kill the 5-minute major without putting in a shot on Malboeuf’s goal. As the Bulldogs returned to the power play, Braeden Hache looped a clearance attempt over the glass to give the Bulldogs an extended 5-on-3 where they struck. At 10:37 a.m., Ryan Humphrey moved the puck from under the goal line back to the top of the right circle for Logan Morrison, who sent a laser beam across the ice to Avery Hayes to score his 24th OHL goal of the season, leading the Bulldogs 2-1 in the lead. After a late successful penalty shootout for the Bulldogs, the Frontenacs pulled their goalie and although a Fronts player Tristan Malboeuf knocked off the gauntlet by releasing the puck from below, Matthew Soto’s back door knocker was allowed to stand after a tackle to end the game at 19 :56 am and send it to overtime.
In the opening shift of the extra frame, when Paul Ludwinski drove the Hamilton goal, Gavin White was hit with a highly controversial penalty save that put Kingston on a 4-on-3 in which Ludwinski scored by taking a puck from rallied a block for his 2nd of the game 5th of the season to give Kingston a 3-2 win.
The Hamilton Bulldogs wrap up the pre-holiday road trip on Saturday, December 17 with a visit to the Ottawa 67’s at TD Place for a 2:00 p.m. matinee.
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