Howling finish falls short for Bulldogs, lose to Chicago in OT

For a moment it looked like the Hamilton Bulldogs were going to pull this one out of the fire.

When Andrei Kostitsyn scored with 23 second left in the game – Hamilton had pulled goaltender Jaroslav Halak for the extra skater – the Bulldogs found themselves trailing the visiting Chicago Wolves 3-2.

Then with just four seconds left on the clock, Jonathan Ferland picked up his second goal of the game to force an overtime session. Mathieu Biron had his third assist of the night on Ferland’s 12 goal this season.

But Hamilton’s hopes of a dramatic comeback were deflated when Stoney Creek native Mark Popovic deflected a shot at 3:50 of the extra session to give the Wolves the 4-3 win on Wednesday night.

Still, Hamilton picked up one point with the OT loss and that extended the team’s point streak to seven games and leaves their record at 28-18-2-2.

The two teams will go at it again on Friday night (Feb. 9) at Copps Coliseum. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

The Wolves other goals came from Steve Martins (2) and Nathan Oystrick. Halak stopped 29 of the 33 shots he faced while Fred Brathwaite stopped 28 of the 31 Hamilton shots.

Hamilton was 1-for-5 on the power play, while Chicago was 1-for-6.

The game was watched by 3,416 fans.