Bulldogs Fall Short In Memorial Cup Final

The greatest season in Hamilton OHL history came to an empathic conclusion Wednesday night, as they dropped a 6-3 decision to the St. John Sea Dogs.

After beating the WHL Champion Edmonton Oil Kings and the QMJHL champion Shawinigan Cataractes in the thrilling semifinal, the battle-tested Bulldogs came into the Final with momentum.

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But when the first period played out, it was the Sea Dogs who shook the confidence of the country’s number one ranked team with their run-and-gun style, scoring two goals in the opening six minutes. The Bulldogs responded less than two minutes later with the Mason McTavish goal, closing the gap to 2-1 after the first twenty minutes of play.

In the second period, the Sea Dogs responded with two goals in a span of 34 seconds. Jan Mysak answered one back for Hamilton before the middle frame concluded as the host team edging the Bulldogs 4-2 after 40 minutes of play.

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As the final frame took place, the Sea Dogs controlled the momentum. The Sea Dogs’ Josh Lawrence provided the insurance at 6:32. The Bulldogs’ McTavish scored his second marker of the game at 15:03, cutting the lead down to 5-3. But the Sea Dogs sealed the deal with an empty netter from Peter Reynolds with 1:07 remaining.

Despite the subpar showing at the Memorial Cup, the Hamilton Bulldogs had a stellar season and a remarkable postseason run that should be commended across the league.


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