Bulldogs rally falls short in Chicago

bulldogsChicago – The Hamilton Bulldogs four-game road trip got off on a losing note Thursday night when the Chicago Wolves held on for a 4-3 American Hockey League win at Allstate Arena.

The Wolves built a 3-0 lead with goals in the first three periods. The visiting Bulldogs broke the goose egg in the third period but the Wolves re-established the three-goal margin 45 seconds after the Hamilton goal.

The Bulldogs mounted a comeback with goals at the 13 and 19 minute marks but couldn’t get the equalizer.

Chicago’s win was sparked by Darren Archibald’s two goals and Milton native Darren Haydar’s goal and assist.

The Wolves opened the scoring at 19:44 of the first frame on a goal by Archibald. After picking up the puck behind the net from Chris Tanev, Archibald banked the puck into the net off goaltender Cedrick Desjardins.

Archibald struck again, this time on a powerplay at 9:24 of the middle stanza.

With just 1:25 elapsed on the clock in the third period, Haydar gave the Wolves their third goal. Bill Sweatt went flying down the left side, circled the net and put the puck on Desjardins. The rebound came out to Haydar at the right side of the net and he lifted the puck over the goalie.

The Bulldogs got on the board at 6:14 of the period when Joonas Nattinen scored. Nathan Beaulieu skated from the right point to the left circle and wired a shot which was tipped by Nattinen and past goaltender Matt Climie. With an assist on the play, Mike Commodore registered his first point as a ‘Dog.

Peter Andersson replied for the Wolves 45 seconds later. Stationed at the left point, Andersson took a shot which was deflected three times in front of the net and finally went in after hitting the crossbar.

Hamilton cut the lead to two at 13:31 of the third period on a power-play tally by Michael Bournival. Frederic St-Denis’s point shot was tipped by Bournival past Matt Climie. The Bulldogs made it 4-3 at 19:00 on Beaulieu’s first professional goal. Mike Blunden raced down the left wing put the puck on Climie. The rebound came out to a Beaulieu who knocked it into the open net.

The Bulldogs’ next game is against the IceHogs in Rockford on Saturday (Dec.15) at 8:05 p.m. All ‘Dogs games during the month of December will be broadcast on Hamilton’s Funny 820 (AM 820). Fans can also listen to and watch all ‘Dogs games on www.hamiltonbulldogs.com.

Scoring summary

1st Period:
1. CHI – Darren Archibald (3) – (Chris Tanev, Brad Hunt) – 19:44

2nd Period:
2. CHI – Darren Archibald (4) – (Andrew Gordon, Jordan Schroeder) – 9:24 (PP)

3rd period:
3. CHI – Darren Haydar (2) – (Bill Sweatt, Chris Tanev) 1:25
4. HAM – Joonas Nattinen (4) – (Nathan Beaulieu, Mike Commodore) – 6:14
5. CHI – Peter Andersson (1) – (Mark Matheson, Darren Haydar) – 6:59
6. HAM – Michael Bournival (2) – (Frederic St-Denis, Stefan Chaput) – 13:31 (PP)
7. HAM – Nathan Beaulieu (1) – (Mike Blunden, Brendan Gallagher) – 19:00

Chicago: 10-10-5—25
Hamilton: 15-13-9—37

Power Play:
Chicago: 1-for-4
Hamilton: 1-for-7

Attendance: 3,422