Late-game collapse takes bite out of Bulldogs

Marc Denis and the Hamilton Bulldogs were 51 seconds away from a shutout and a win in their American Hockey League game in Illinois on Friday night (March 20). But 108 seconds later they were 2-1 losers after the Quad City Flames scored in overtime to beat the Bulldogs 2-1.

Kris Chucko’s power play goal at 19:01, scored with goaltender LeLand Irving on the bench in favour of an additional skater, sent the game into overtime. And just 49 seconds into the extra period, Anders Eriksson, with an assist going to Chucko, scored the sudden-death game winner.

Sergei Kostitsyn had given Hamilton a lead that stood up from the 10:39 mark of the first period. The counter extended Kostitsyn’s point streak to nine games. Kyle Chipchura and Yannick Weber assisted on the goal.

Hamilton was outshot 37-29 and failed to score on six power play opportunities.

The Bulldogs continue their five-game road trip today (Saturday) at 8 p.m. against the Chicago Wolves. Fans can listen to the game on TALK 820 radio or listen or watch at by clicking on the AHL Live or TALK 820 icons on the Bulldogs website.