Bull­dogs fry Fish in shootout win

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They’re back in the win col­umn.

The Hamilton Bull­dogs snapped a three-game los­ing skid with a 4-3 shootout de­ci­sion over the host Mis­sis­sauga Steel­heads Fri­day.

Will Bit­ten beat Ja­cob Ing­ham to bring the skills con­test to a close.

With the win, Hamilton im­proved to 3-2 against Mis­sis­sauga this sea­son and ex­tended an in­ter­est­ing trend. Through five games, nei­ther team has won at home.

Slo­vakian im­port Marian Stu­denic put his own re­bound through Ing­ham’s legs to open the scor­ing for the Bull­dogs just six min­utes into the first. Then, six min­utes later, Matthew Strome dou­bled the lead, fin­ish­ing a per­fect pass across the slot from line­mate Matt Luff.

Be­fore the end of the frame, Spencer Wat­son scored his first of two back-to-back goals to put the Steel­heads on the board. That marker, as­sisted by Trent Fox, also ex­tended his scor­ing streak to five games.

Niki Petti picked the cor­ner above Ing­ham’s glove to put the Bull­dogs back on top half­way through the sec­ond.

But Fox, the former Bull­dog, wasn’t hav­ing it. With seven min­utes gone in the third, he beat Daw­son Carty — a goal that would ul­ti­mately send the game, his first against his old team, to over­time.

Along with Wat­son, he also scored in the shootout, while Bit­ten, Petti and Michael Cra­marossa found the back of the net for Hamilton.

Ing­ham, an OHL rookie, was solid in net for the Steel­heads with 26 saves. Carty had 30 in his 19th win.

The Steel­heads went into the Fri­day’s game in sec­ond place in the Eastern Con­fer­ence with just one loss — an­other shootout de­feat — in the past seven games. The fifth-place Bull­dogs, mean­while, were sink­ing in the stand­ings with a 1-6 record over their last seven out­ings.

The Bull­dogs are back at it Satur­day when this year’s Memo­rial Cup hosts, the Wind­sor Spit­fires, make their lone trip to Hamilton. De­spite be­ing plagued with in­juries this sea­son, the Spits started the week­end in fourth place in the West­ern Con­fer­ence, just a few points back of Lon­don, Sault Ste. Marie and the con­fer­ence lead­ers, Erie.

Game time is 7 p.m.

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