By Chris Dubiel
It’s that time of the year where every point counts with teams fighting for playoff position as the season gets closer to the end. The Bulldogs got six big ones, sweeping the Tri City Icehawks in a three-game series at home.
On Friday night, the Bulldogs escaped a tightly contested battle, as Luke Morin’s two goals were the difference in a 3-2 victory. Tri City trailed by two late in the third period but scored with less than 30 seconds remaining to pull within one and then came inches away from tying the game. The Icehawks hit the post with eight seconds remaining but the Bulldogs prevailed behind Matt Young’s 32 saves.
Saturday evening was a wild affair as both teams traded chances and leads. Morin came up with another big night, scoring two goals and assisting three times. The second of his two goals tied the score at five and he assisted on Michael Maines’ game-winner. Joseph Close and Zachary Olin also scored twice and Matt Kostopoulos contributed three assists. Adam Marshall added a goal and an assist. James Maher earned the victory with 33 saves.
It was all Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon, as Chicago cruised to a 6-1 win during a testy affair. Adamson Thoma scored three power play goals and notched two helpers, Close scored two more goals and Kostopoulos had three points.
Late in the game, a line brawl broke out and goalies Matt Young and Nicholas Allen fought at center ice. Tri City finished the game with 133 penalty minutes and the Bulldogs had 98.
Chicago’s sweep puts the team at 49 points in the standings, in third place, two points behind Illiana. They have two games in hand on the Blackbirds. The Bulldogs’ will travel to Wooster for a three-game set with the Oilers.