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Championship bid comes up short for Greyhounds

Story by Brad Coccimiglio (Sootoday.com)  |  Photo by Aaron Bell (OHL Images)

Leads going into the third period seemed to be automatic for the Soo Greyhounds.

It wasn’t on Sunday.

The Hamilton Bulldogs erased a 2-0 Greyhounds lead in a 5-4 victory to win the J. Ross Robertson Cup at the FirstOntario Centre in Hamilton on Sunday evening.

Prior to Sunday, the Greyhounds had won all 49 games (regular season and playoffs) in which they led through 40 minutes.

The win means Hamilton will represent the Ontario Hockey League at the 2018 MasterCard Memorial Cup in Regina, which begins next weekend after beating the Greyhounds in six games in the league final.

Greyhounds Coach Drew Bannister called the game “our best game of the series.”

“We probably deserved a better fate,” Bannister said. “They scored the two goals in the third on individual plays that went in the back of our net.

The Greyhounds jumped out a lead in the opening period thanks to a goal by rookie forward Cole MacKay. Boris Katchouk increased the lead early in the second period before the Bulldogs battled back with a pair of goals. Barrett Hayton would give the Greyhounds the lead heading into the third period thanks to a power play goal late in the middle frame.

After Riley Stillman tied the game for the Bulldogs, Robert Thomas scored the go-ahead goal just over three minutes later. Nicholas Caamano would score into an empty net with 1:58 to go, a goal that eventually turned into the game-winner.

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