BULLDOGS DOUSE INFERNO
By Chris Dubiel
Coming off of a key sweep of the Wisconsin Rampage, the Chicago Bulldogs returned home to face a struggling Indianapolis squad. The undefeated Bulldogs welcomed the Inferno into the CanLan Ice Center for a three- game weekend series starting on Friday night.
Chicago 10, Indianapolis 2
Although missing key players in Dan Doyle and Michael Delaney due to injuries, Chicago’s depth helped them to cruise through a big victory on Friday night. The Bulldogs jumped out in front in the first with an early goal by Mitch Hildner. Later on in the period, Jim Bohne stripped the puck away from an Indianapolis skater and converted on a shorthanded breakaway. Chicago led 2-0 after one period of play.
The Bulldogs would break the game open in the second period, scoring five times. Bohne scored an even strength goal, assisted by Michael Maines and Robby Gervino 1:10 into the period. Luke Morin followed with a powerplay goal at 6:29, and then Joe Mavrin scored unassisted less than one minute later to make it 5-0. Ian Hurst finally got the Inferno on the board with a powerplay goal about midway through the second. Thomas Devoney made it 5-2 with a goal about 3 minutes later. The Bulldogs answered quickly with Hildner’s second goal of the game at 16:16. Soon after, a long, bouncing wrist shot off of Garrett McCaig’s stick found the back of the net to make it 7-2.
A cross-checking penalty by Tyler Slazas at 1:05 of the third period gave the Bulldogs a powerplay to start the final frame. Chicago would not need much time on the man advantage for Maines to strike as his goal came at 1:27. Andre w Kantsedal would further extend the lead just a few minutes after and Luke Morin put the icing on the cake with a powerplay goal to close the scoring for the Bulldogs. Chicago earned its 11th straight victory defeating Indianapolis 10-2.
The Bulldogs pelted 60 shots on goal opposed to allowing just 18. Joe Justyn stopped 16 of those shots to earn his third win of the season. Joe Mavrin notched one goal and four assists.
Chicago 9, Indianapolis 2
The Bulldogs picked up right where they left off when they met the Inferno again on Saturday evening. Chicago poured in six first period goals. Luke Morin scored 30 seconds in and then followed up with a second goal five minutes and one second later. Matt Soukup, Mitch Krafcheck, Colin McAuliffe and Michael Maines joined the party with goals in the opening period.
In the second period, Thomas Devoney scored less than one minute in to put Indianapolis on the board. Matt Soukup put Chicago back up by six about halfway through the game. Devoney added a second goal for the Inferno with just 18 seconds remaining in the middle period.
Soukup scored his hat trick goal on the powerplay at 8:44 of the third. Maines added his second of the game late and that would cap the scoring for the night.
Joe Lennox stopped 18 of 20 shots for win number six as the Bulldogs rolled to their 12th consecutive win beating Indianapolis 9-2.
Chicago 10, Indianapolis 0
The Bulldogs and Inferno met one more time Sunday as Chicago looked to complete a three-game weekend sweep of Indianapolis. Sunday’s contest was all-Bulldogs as eight of their 10 goals came during special teams play.
In the first period, Robby Gervino got things started for Chicago with a powerplay goal. Matt Gazzola added one of two of the game’s even strength goals later in the period and the Bulldogs led 2-0 going into the second period.
Gervino scored another powerplay goal 23 seconds in to the period and Matt Gazzola fired home his second of the game, this one coming on the powerplay. Michael Maines scored shorthanded on a breakaway created by Matt Soukup. Tyler Cosentino lazered a wrist shot from the left circle to make it 6-0 after another Chicago powerplay goal. Soukup had the primary assist on all four of the Bulldogs’ second period goals.
Pete Jorgensen and Jordan Swiderski added two goals apiece in the third. Jorgensen’s both came on the powerplay, while Swiderski scored at even strength and while shorthanded. Chicago dominated the scoreboard as well as the shot totals putting in 10 goals off of 75 shots. Joe Justyn earned his second shutout of the season, as well as his fourth win with a 19 save performance.
The Bulldogs improved to 13-0 with the 10-0 win over the Inferno. Chicago hosts division rival Wisconsin for two games this weekend.