The Hamilton Bulldogs defeated the Chicago Wolves 5-4 on Saturday evening. Sergei Kostitsyn recorded two goals and an assist in the win.
Chicago opened the scoring at 4:10 of the opening stanza while on the power play. Spencer Machacek fired a shot towards the net. The puck was grabbed by Andrew Kozek, who jammed the puck past Hamilton starting goaltender Cedrick Desjardins.
The Bulldogs tied the game 1-1 and 10:47. Tom Pyatt chipped the puck ahead to Mathieu Darche, who fed a pass to Brock Trotter. Trotter skated in on Chicago starting goaltender Drew MacIntyre before using a backhand-to-forehand move and depositing the puck in the back of the net. The ‘Dogs took a 2-1 lead at 16:09 of the first period. Kostitsyn grabbed a loose puck at the side of the net and proceeded to send a shot over the shoulder of MacIntyre. Mike Glumac and Marc-Andre Bergeron earned assists on the goal.
Kostitsyn added his second goal of the game at 2:22 of the second stanza. Ryan Russell fed a pass to Kostitsyn, who was positioned in front of the Chicago net. Kostitsyn fired a shot that was saved by MacIntyre but the goaltender could not contain the rebound allowing Kostitsyn to grab the puck and send it into the back of the net. Ben Maxwell gave the ‘Dogs a 4-1 lead at 3:50. MacIntyre made a diving save on a Kostitsyn shot that put the goaltender out of position. Maxwell grabbed the loose puck and shot it into the open net for the goal.
The Wolves cut the lead in half at 6:10 of the middle frame while on the power play. Kozek added his second goal of the game when he received the puck while positioned in front of Desjardins before firing a shot past the goaltender. Joey Crabb made the game 4-3 with a shorthanded tally at 15:53. Crabb broke in alone on Desjardins before snapping a shot that bounced off the cross bar and past Desjardins.
Hamilton regained its two-goal lead at 16:29 of the second period. Ryan Russell ripped a shot from the top of the faceoff circle that sailed through MacIntyre’s legs. J.T. Wyman and P.K. Subban earned assists on the goal.
Chicago scored at 15:05 of the final frame. Matt Anderson grabbed a loose puck at the side of the net before rifling a shot past the glove of Desjardins to make the game 5-4.
On Friday, Hamilton defeated the Peoria Rivermen 4-3 in overtime in Peoria. Mathieu Darche recorded two goals, including the overtime winner, to lead the Bulldogs to victory.
Peoria opened the scoring at 2:25 of the first frame. Jonas Junland received the puck at the right point before blasting a shot that sailed past Hamilton Bulldogs starting goaltender Curtis Sanford.
The Bulldogs tied the game at 3:00 of the opening stanza while on the power play. Marc-Andre Bergeron hammered a shot from the blue line that was saved by Peoria starting goaltender Ben Bishop. Darche grabbed the loose puck before firing a shot past Bishop and into the back of the net.
Hamilton took a 2-1 lead at 6:53 of the middle stanza. Sergei Kostitsyn fed a pass to Ryan Russell who fired a shot that was saved by Bishop. The goaltender could not contain the rebound, which allowed Ben Maxwell to grab the puck and fire it into the net.
The Rivermen tied the game 2-2 at 15:29 of the second frame. Ryan Reaves sent a pass to Chris Porter, who whacked at the puck, sending it over Sanford and into the top of the net.
The Bulldogs took a 3-2 lead at 13:14 of the final frame. Marc-Andre Bergeron blasted a shot on net that was stopped by Bishop. Tom Pyatt grabbed the loose rebound before firing it past Bishop to give the lead to the ‘Dogs.
Peoria tied the game 3-3 at 16:54 of the final period while on the power play. Yan Stastny grabbed the loose puck at the side of the Bulldogs’ net before banging the puck underneath Sanford.
With the game tied, the teams went into overtime. 16 seconds into the extra period, Yannick Weber ripped a shot towards the net. Mathieu Darche grabbed the puck before sending it past Bishop to win the game for the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs return home for back-to-back meetings with the Manitoba Moose on Monday, October 19th and Tuesday, October 20th at Copps Coliseum. Both games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Fans can listen to every ‘Dogs game on the flagship station of the Hamilton Bulldogs Hockey Network, TALK 820. Fans can also listen or watch at www.hamiltonbulldogs.com by clicking on the ‘AHL Live’ or ‘TALK 820’ icons on the Bulldogs website.