IceDogs Are Top Dogs in Hamilton 5-3
Kirill Maksimov had a goal and two assists in an all important IceDogs 5-3 road win in Hamilton. With the victory, the 'Dogs jump past Oshawa again for fourth in the Eastern Conference and home ice advantage in round one of the playoffs.
Ben Jones notched his 25th, 2:24 into the contest with help from Maksimov and Johnny Corneil. From there, the visitors would manage only one more shot in the first...enter Stephen Dhillon. Dhillon stopped 12 of 13, making several spectacular saves, with Hamilton's only goal registered on the power-play.
The IceDogs turned the tables in the middle period, outshooting Hamilton 16-7 and they would be rewarded at 10:21 with Andrew Bruder's 4th of the year. The rookie forward buried a rebound on a hard working shift with assists from Liam Ham and Oliver Castleman. Once again, a Bulldogs man advantage goal evened the score at two. With under two to go, a strange bounce off a Justin MacPherson point shot found its way to Maksimov and he did the rest for his 33rd of the year.
In the final twenty, a power-play carry over from late in the second would get Akil Thomas his 21st of the season. His snap shot at 1:19 from Maksimov and Sam Miletic would go down as the eventual game winner. Under a minute later, Hamilton would creep closer but Miletic into the empty net would salt the game away at 18:55 with Kyle Langdon netting the only assist. For the game, Dhillon would stop 31 Hamilton shots while the 'Dogs would register 29 shots of their own.
The two points also means Niagara will take the canine cup for 2017-2018 over the Bulldogs.
610 CKTB 3 Stars of the Game...
2-Matthew Strome (Hamilton)
Sunday afternoon it's an opportunity for the IceDogs to stretch their lead over Oshawa in a home date with Windsor. The 'Dogs and Spits will do battle on 610 CKTB beginning with the pre-game at 1:30.