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Saturday, February 10, 2007

Wolves score 3 to tie in 3rd; Hamilton game winner in OT

Five Wolves registered goals on the Hamilton Bulldogs Friday, coming from a three goal deficit to tie the game. But the Hamilton Bulldogs pulled the game out with an overtime win.

The Copps Colliseum game was a penalty laden festival of scoring. Cory Larose got the Wolves on the scoreboard first with a pass from behind the net to Brett Sterling who sliced the puck high into the net. The second place North division Bulldogs answered 38 seconds later when Jean-Phillippe Cote passed Wolves blue liner Brian Sipotz and fired a wrister to score on Wolves goalie Michael Garnett. Late in the period, the Bulldogs were given a five on three power play. Matt D’Agostini had a rebound goal on Garnett. Then, just 39 seconds later, in the next period, D’Agostini had another goal on Garnett, this time through his five hole.

D’Agostini missed the franchise record for two fastest goals by just four seconds.

A second frame fight between Jordan LaVallee and Bulldog Dan Jancevski marked the energy of the game. The mid-frame goal by Andrei Kostitsyn put the Hamilton team up 4-1. Late in the period the Wolves scored a short handed goal by Derek MacKenzie, which cut the lead to just two goals.

MacKenzie currently leads the American Hockey League with five short handed goals. Four skaters share second with four goals each, including Kevin Doell.

An early power play goal in the third period seemed to end the Wolves chances. Kostitsyn earned his second goal of the night on a passing play that out foxed Garnett. Andy Delmore began the Wolves surge with his first Wolves goal, a power play notch at 5.32. Colin Stuart put the Wolves within one at 7.33. Then Alex Bourret tied the game five-all with a goal from a backdoor pass at 17.16.

Stuart received a minor penalty in the overtime, but the Wolves held the Bulldogs off through the power play only to lose the game with 14 seconds on the clock. Duncan Milroy made a wrap around attempt on Garnett, which Cory Locke picked up and fired high into the corner.

The Bulldogs were three for seven on the power play, while the Wolves were one for ten. Garnett stopped 23 shots, including seven in the extra period, for the loss. Bulldog goalie Yann Danis earned the win, stopping 25 Chicago shots on goal.

The Wolves conclude the Canadian tour with a game Saturday in Toronto versus the Marlies before returning to Chicago for one game against the Syracuse Crunch. The Wolves then start a three game Texas road trip next weekend.

1 comment:

SPalmerston said...

The Chicago Wolves were an interesting team to watch. They are perhaps the most talented AHL team I have seen since the Hamilton Bulldogs 2002-2003 team that lost in the Calder Cup finals. This team can pass and skate better than anyone else I have seen this season.

They are also one of the dirtiest teams I have ever seen. I cannot believe some of the stuff they managed to get away with during both of their games here in Hamilton. They are quick to throw interference, they are comfortable finishing checks late and they are great at goading the other team into penalties. They play in much the same style the Rochester Americans do. Their fans must love watching them play, but as a fan of the opposition, I have to say I hated having the Wolves in town for two games straight. They have to be considered front runners to make this year's Calder Cup final