Bulldogs get off to Fast start for win

CHICAGO – The Hamilton Bulldogs upset the Midwest Division-leading Chicago Wolves, 3-2, in a tight game at Allstate Arena on Saturday (March 24).

T.J. Fast scored his first goal of the American Hockey League season with just seven seconds to play in the first period to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. Fast took a 4-on-4 pass from Andreas Engqvist and rifled a slapshot from the point. The puck deflected off a Wolves defenceman and past goaltender Eddie Lack.

Robert Mayer replaced Bulldogs starting netminder Nathan Lawson in net at the beginning of the second period, making 10 saves in his first 20 minutes and stopping several scoring chances to keep the ‘Dogs ahead. After 40 minutes, the Wolves led the ‘Dogs 25-18 in shots.

The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead at 2:34 in the third period. Robert Slaney chased a loose puck into the Wolves zone and caught Lack on a cross-crease slide to score his second of the season. Jesse Todd earned his first point as a professional in his second pro game with an assist on the play. Then, just 1:50 later, Tim Miller put Chicago on the board with his 17th of the season to cut Hamilton’s lead to 2-1. Mike Duco scored another goal for the Wolves just three minutes later to tie the game.

Brian Willsie would take advantage of a power play opportunity to send a top-shelf rocket past Lack, giving the Bulldogs a final 3-2 lead with 10:32 left in the third period.

The Wolves failed to score on their six power plays this game while the ‘Dogs scored on one of their two man-advantages. Chicago edged Hamilton 33-30 in shots.

Attendance was 14,089.

The Bulldogs travel to Peoria to take on the Rivermen Sunday (March 25) at 6 p.m. EDT at Carver Arena. All Hamilton Bulldogs games can be heard live on AM 820 CHAM or on hamiltonbulldogs.com or seen live on ahllive.com, beginning with the Pioneer Pre-Game Show 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.