Dustin Boyd extended his goal-scoring streak to six games with a hat trick but it was not enough as the Hamilton Bulldogs lost 5-3 to the Chicago Wolves at Copps Coliseum on Tuesday night.
Chicago tallied two third period goals to earn the American Hockey League game in front of 5,101 fans.
The Wolves struck first and early at 1:16 of the opening period. Riley Holzapfel’s shot on net was stopped by goaltender Curtis Sanford, who appeared to injure himself. That allowed Spencer Machacek to send the rebound past Sanford, who was unable to move across the crease.
Following the goal, Robert Mayer replaced Sanford in net.
Hamilton tied the game at 9:39 of the period with a power-play goal. David Desharnais received the puck from Ben Maxwell before sending a pass to Boyd. Boyd rifled a shot over the shoulder of goaltender Peter Mannino.
Chicago took a 2-1 lead three minutes later. Boris Valabik’s shot towards the net was deflected by Angelo Esposito and over the shoulder of Mayer.
Boyd added his second goal of the game at 14:17 of the first period while on the power play. Kyle Klubertanz slid the puck to Brendon Nash, who dished a pass to Boyd in front of the net. Boyd tapped the puck past Mannino.
The Wolves regained the lead at 3:21 of the middle frame. Darren Haydar gave the puck to Michael Davies, who drove towards the Hamilton net. Davies fired a shot that bounced around in front of the net before slipping past Mayer.
Boyd scored his hat-trick goal at 9:13 of the second stanza. Maxwell received the puck from Nash while stationed at the right side boards. Maxwell’s shot towards the net was tipped by Boyd and past Mannino.
Chicago took a 4-3 lead at 9:29 of the final frame with a power play goal. Jason Krog dished the puck to the right point, where Paul Postma was positioned. Postma blasted a shot that travelled through traffic and past Mayer.
Mike Siklenka completed the scoring at 12:10. Nigel Dawes sent the puck to Haydar, who fed a pass to Siklenka. Siklenka released a shot from the left point that sailed through traffic and into the net.
The Wolves outshot the Bulldogs, 28-26.
The Bulldogs will play their final game of 2010 when they welcome the Lake Erie Monsters to Copps Coliseum for a 7 p.m. game on Thursday (Dec. 30). All regular season Hamilton Bulldogs broadcasts on AM 820 CHAM will begin with a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.