Four third period goals brought the Bulldogs back as they beat the London Knights 7-5 on Sunday afternoon.
Flurries have not been an issue in Southwestern Ontario this fall, but there were flurries of scoring throughout much of the game inside Budweiser Gardens.
Two goals in 18 seconds started the scoring in the first period.
They were followed by three goals in 55 seconds early in the second and then two more within less than two minutes later in the period.
After all those ice chips had settled, the score sat at 4-2 for the Knights, but a Hamilton threw a snowstorm at London the rest of the way and came back to hand the Knights just their third regulation loss this season and the first one since October 15th in Erie.
Cole Candella started the scoring on a power play with a low shot through traffic and it was 1-0 Bulldogs for a few blinks of an eye before Cliff Pu raced up the right wing and fed a pass through to the front of the net that Alex Formenton banged in for his third goal of the season. Formenton was moved into Max Jones’ place on a line with Pu and Janne Kuokkanen after Jones took the warm-up, but was replaced before the start of the game and listed as out day-to-day with a lower body injury.
The game started the second period tied for just over three minutes before a three-goal flurry that started on a second goal by Candella on another power play on another shot from the top of the left circle in the London end.
The Knights tied the game 20 seconds later as Josh Nelson set up Cole Tymkin for his second goal. Both of Tymkin’s goals have come against the Bulldogs.
London took their first lead 42 seconds after that as Kuokkanen battled a puck through to Pu and he wheeled in behind the Hamilton net and fed Olli Juolevi for the Helsinki native’s second goal of the season and it was 3-2.
Robby Thomas made it 4-2 for the Knights at 16:04 with his third goal in three games.
Before the end of the second, the Bulldogs got one of those back as Adam Laishram converted a 2-on-1 with a high shot and the teams went to their dressing rooms with London ahead 4-3.
In the third period, Hamilton tied the game on a goal by Matthew Strome and then took the lead as former Knight, Ben Gleason fired a puck through a pile of legs and sticks and had the Bulldogs up 5-4.
That lead lasted all of 53 seconds as J.J. Piccinich picked a top corner off the rush from the right side of the Hamilton end and even the score at 5-5.
A late Bulldogs’ power play produced the game winner as Will Bitten lifted a puck past Vella in front and then Bitten added an empty netter to finish the scoring.
Pu’s three assists on the day extended his point streak to 13 games, two behind Taylor Raddysh of the Erie Otters.
London will play a fourth consecutive game against a team from the Eastern Conference as they fittingly welcome the Kingston Frontenacs to Budweiser Gardens on Remembrance Day. Game time is 7:30.