Well, it was an entertaining game. Although the Rampage lost 3 to 4.
I guess the Bulldogs were just not too eager (lol) because Ellis got a penalty for delay of game 2 minute into the 1. period.
Rampage scored close to end of the 1. a goal by Crabb (photo to follow). Hamilton goal by Leblanc made them even in the 2.period. Then, during a penalty for Pateryn Gilroy scored a power play goal for the Rampage and sent the crowds of over 6100 roaring its approval.
Despite more penalties during all periods, the Bulldogs were unable to score.
The 2. period ended with 1:1 even.
Lee did score a shorthanded goal fro Rampage three minutes before the Paterkyn goal.
But the Rampage were not able to even the score.
Each team served ONLY 3 penalties, but only the Rampage made one power play, AND a shorthanded goal.
I spied Greg Zanon sporting an A.
I felt that both goalies Robert Mayer for Hamilton, and Michael Houser for the Rampage were quite evenly matched. Mayer 29 saves of 32, and Houser 22 of 26.
However, twice Houser was out of place letting Hamilton score the 2 goals early in the third. Not sure, if the fact that Houser (Rampage) ended up 'butterflied in his own net' which some eager beaver skaters pushed over him (lol), but he seemed less able to stop the 2
goals by Hamilton by Blunden, Tarnasky. That fact also seemed to cause a bit of desperation playing by the Rampage but to no avail.
Houser did try manfully to stop that one which Pateryn scored in the 4th, within seconds of the end of game, giving the Bulldogs the win.
And more hockey on Tuesday, Lake Erie vs Rampage.