(WINDSOR, ON) – Residing toward the bottom of the Eastern Conference, the Hamilton Bulldogs made the trek into Windsor yesterday to try their luck against the 2nd place Spitfires. The resulting 6-2 win for Windsor wasn’t what the Dogs were looking for, but it pleased the 5,436 in attendance.
Hamilton opened the scoring with a goal from the stick of Niki Petti at the 5:46 mark. Cristiano DiGiacinto got that back for Windsor, on the power play, at 13:57, and Christian Fischer scored two minutes later to lead the Spitfires into the dressing room.
The 2nd period was much the same Jack Hidi tied the score for the Bulldogs before the halfway points. Bradley Latour put Windsor in front to stay, again on the power play, and Fischer netted his second of the afternoon, with 1:03 left on the clock.
There was no fight left in the Dogs as Hayden McCool and Logan Brown scored in the 3rd period to close out Hamilton’s second straight loss to the Spitfires, after a Saturday defeat in Steel Town by a score of 4-1.
The win leaves Windsor with 72 points, one behind Sarnia for the West Division lead. They will next meet the Barrie Colts at home this Thursday before travelling to Flint on February 27.
Hockey operations in Flint have been taken over by the OHL after the contravention of an agreement between the league and Firebirds owner Rolf Nilsen. According to TSN senior hockey reporter Frank Seravalli, Nilsen breached the pact over the last three months resulting in David Branch lowering the hammer and taking over the team last Thursday.