BULLDOGS CRUISE PAST MOTOR CITY
By Chris Dubiel
Coming off of their first loss of the season to the Ft. Wayne Federals, the Bulldogs had a formidable opponent coming into their rink in the Motor City Chiefs. Motor City had only one loss coming in to Saturday night’s game. Chicago would have to bring a disciplined and consistent effort to grab two wins from the Chiefs.
Chicago 5, Motor City 1
Saturday’s contest started off with a very long feeling-out process going on between the two teams. While the Bulldogs and Chiefs combined for 34 first period shots, scoring chances were few and far between. So all was quiet in the first until Motor City’s leading scorer, Robert Speer lit the lamp at the 15:50 mark. The Chiefs got the key first goal on the road and looked to take some confidence as well as the lead into the intermission, however Chicago had other plans. With just three seconds remaining in the period, Luke Morin stuffed in a rebound off a long shot from Mitch Krafcheck to tie the score at 1-1.
The Bulldogs took advantage of an odd-man rush early in the second period when Jordan Swiderski set up Michael Maines for the go-ahead goal. Chicago led by one after two periods of play.
About five and a half minutes into the third, Robby Gervino scored putting a loose puck into the back of the net to make it 3-1. Late in the period, Adamson Thoma joined the party with goal coming from hard work in the deep slot. Morin added his second of the game on the power play just 54 seconds after Thoma scored. Hard work below the hash marks proved to pay dividends for the Bulldogs as they went on to beat the Chiefs 5-1. Lee Satran made 34 saves on 35 shots and earned the win in goal. Chicago went 1-for-6 on the power play, while killing off all four Motor City power plays.
Chicago 4, Motor City 1
Sunday’s first period between the Bulldogs and Chiefs played similarly to the opening frame the night before as the teams had trouble creating prime scoring chances. This time Chicago and Motor City went into the first intermission in a scoreless tie.
And just like the prior evening, the Chiefs would score first, this time at the 6:31 mark of the second period with Anthony Dimarco converting on the power play. The familiar story line would continue as the Bulldogs answered right back with a power play goal of their own as Jim Bohne found the twine while parked in front of the crease. Adam Marshall gave Chicago the lead about four minutes later when his wrister from the point found the back of the net. The Bulldogs led 2-1 after two.
Tight play continued throughout the third period but Kyle McKibbin took an interference penalty that would prove costly. McKibbin was only in the box for four seconds before Joe Mavrin buried a power play goal to give the Bulldogs a two-goal lead. Motor City would pressure Chicago with a strong push to get back into the game, but gave up another goal to Luke Morin as he raced for a loose puck and put it into an empty net with 22 seconds remaining. With another disciplined effort, the Bulldogs took their second straight win against the Chiefs by a score of 4-1. Joe Lennox got the win stopping 38 of 39 Motor City shots. The Bulldogs power play went 2-for-5. Motor City went 1-for-3. The Bulldogs now sit atop the GLJHL at 19-1 and will enjoy a weekend off until they take on their rivals, the Wisconsin Rampage on November 11.