Despite coaching change, Hamilton Bulldogs plastered in Peterborough

Days after firing head coach Vince Laise, the Hamilton Bulldogs were blown away 8-0 in Peterborough Thursday night.

Bulldogs President and General Manager Steve Staios was not behind the bench during the game, opting instead to have associate coach Dave Matsos take that position.

But the new look coaching staff didn’t translate into success on the ice as Hamilton lost its fifth game in a row, and dropped five of seven meetings in their season series against the Petes.

Peterborough opened the scoring 2:55 into the game when J.R. Avon scored his fourth goal of the season by beating Dogs’ goalie Marco Costantini.

Hamilton’s Isaac Nurse was awarded a penalty shot minutes later, but Petes netminder Hunter Jones stopped the attempt by the Bulldogs’ captain.

Less than five minutes later, Toronto Maple Leafs draft pick Nick Robertson rifled his 51st goal of the OHL season past Costantini to make it a 2-0 lead for Peterborough.

Akil Thomas made it 3-0 for the Petes with 7:45 to go in the first period when he capitalized on a Hamilton turnover and buried his 21st goal of the campaign.

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