Hamilton Bulldogs kick off OHL season with 4-3 win in Sarnia

The Hamilton Bulldogs beat Sarnia 4-3 in their 2019-20 OHL season opener.
The Hamilton Bulldogs beat Sarnia 4-3 in their 2019-20 OHL season opener. Hamilton Bulldogs

The Hamilton Bulldogs opened their 2019-20 Ontario Hockey League season with a 4-3 victory over the Sting Friday night, their first-ever win in Sarnia.

Sam Bitten opened the scoring for the Sting with 1:14 left in the first period when he redirected a shot past Hamilton goalie Zachary Roy.

Arthur Kaliyev picked up where he left off last season by scoring Hamilton’s first goal of the year when he one-timed a shot past Sting goalie Ethan Langevin 2:58 into the second period.

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Moments after the ensuing faceoff, Sarnia’s Jamieson Rees was given a match penalty and was ejected from the game after a headshot against Hamilton’s Logan Morrison along the boards.

Rees, a Hamilton native, was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in the second round (44th overall) in this summer’s NHL draft.

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The Bulldogs grabbed their first lead of the game when rookie Lawson Sherk netted his first OHL goal after converting a tic-tac-toe passing playing with Kaliyev and Jake Gravelle.

With 1:58 to go in the second frame, Brayden Guy tied the game at 2 when he slipped the puck past Roy.

Hamilton regained the lead when Tag Bertuzzi potted his first goal as a Bulldog by flicking the puck, one-handed, behind Langevin 5:11 into the third.

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Just over seven minutes later, Ryan Winterton scored his first OHL goal on the power-play that doubled the Dogs’ lead to 4-2.

Joseph Mack made it a one-goal game again when he beat Roy on a cross-crease one-timer with 5:12 left in the third period.

Hamilton hosts the Erie Otters in their home opener Saturday night at 7 p.m. at FirstOntario Centre.

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