Chicago Wolves hang tough, force fifth game with Bulldogs

Not just yet.

Despite allowing just 14 shots on their net, and peppering the Chicago netminder with 37, the Hamilton Bulldogs couldn’t wrap up their American Hockey League semifinal series with the Wolves on Friday night.

The visitors to Copps Coliseum had the only goal in their 1-0 shutout to keep their playoff hopes alive in the Western Conference final. Hamilton leads the best-of-seven series 3-1 and will try again tonight (Saturday) at 7 o’clock at Copps, to advance to the league championship,

The 14 shots by the Bulldogs was a franchise-low for the playoffs.

After a scoreless first period, Chicago notched the game’s only goal on the power play at 12:39 of the middle stanza. Niko Dimitrakos scored the goal, his third of the post-season, beating Carey Price.

The Bulldogs went 0-for-8 on the power play.

Chicago netminder Fred Brathwaite earned first star selection for his 37 save performance witnessed by 6,259 onlookers.

The 1-0 loss marked the first time the Bulldogs have been shutout in the post-season since dropping a 2-0 decision to the Rochester Americans in Game 1 in the second round of the 2004 Calder Cup playoffs.

The winner of this series will play either the Hershey Bears or the Manchester Monarchs in the Calder Cup final. Hershey leads the Eastern Conference final 3-1 with the fifth game scheduled tonight (Saturday) in Manchester..

Scoring Summary:

First period
No scoring.

Second period
1.CHI – Niko Dimitrakos-3 (Nathan Oystrick, Jason Krog) 12:39 (pp)

Third period
No scoring.