Ryan O’Byrne’s first goal of the current American Hockey League season gave the Hamilton Bulldogs a 3-2 win over the Chicago Wolves on Friday night (Jan.23) at Copps Coliseum.
O’Byrne’s marker, at 15.06 of the final period, lifted the Bulldogs into a 3-1 lead his goal would stand as the winning one after the Wolves scored two minutes later.
Hamilton led throughout the contest after taking a 2-0 lead in the first period. The Bulldogs opened the scoring with a power play counter at 7:32. David Desharnais found the puck on his stick after Yannick Weber’s shot missed the net and bounced off the backboards. Desharnais lost control of the puck but linemate Mike Glumac banged the disc past Chicago goaltender Robert Gherson. The goal was Glumac’s team leading 19th of the season.
Steve Gainey added the ‘Dogs second goal with a shorthanded marker at 8:38. Yanick Lehoux raced in on a breakaway but was unable to get a shot. Gherson’s attempted poke-check missed and Gainey fired the loose puck into the net.
Chicago cut the lead to one while on the power play at 18:46 of the middle frame. Jeff Hamilton intercepted a Bulldogs’ clearing attempt and beat goaltender Cedrick Desjardins.
Kyle Chipchura, recently returned to the Bulldogs from the parent Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League, set up O’Byrne’s game-winning goal.
Steve Martins added a late goal for the Wolves at 17:24. Martins skated in on Desjardins before snapping a shot over the glove of the goaltender to pull the Wolves to within one but they were unable to score with the extra man and the Bulldogs held on for the win.
Hamilton was outshot in the contest, 27-20