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Bulldogs split with Rampage

 

By Chris Dubiel

                It was a great start to 2013 for the Chicago Bulldogs, as they would cruise to a 9-3 rout of first-place Wisconsin on Friday. It was the first game in weeks for both teams, and the Bulldogs were mired in a five-game losing streak.

                With a tough opponent in town, the Bulldogs were determined to start the new year on the right foot. Being shorthanded would not stop them, as Joey Close scored to give the Bulldogs the early lead. Chicago would not just kill the remainder of the penalty after Close’s goal, but follow up with yet another shortie by Vince Bartkowiak 36 seconds later. The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead into the intermission.

                It was more of the same in the second period as the Bulldogs scored three more times. Luke Morin scored a pair, including a short-hander and Close added another at even strength. Pucks continued to fill the net in the third, as Ryan West, Nick Gorczyca, Nathan Viberg and Close padded a big lead. Close’s hat trick put him at the 30-goal plateau.

                James Maher carried a shutout into the second period with some key saves early in the game. He ended up turning away 17 of 20 Rampage shots as the Bulldogs defeated Wisconsin 9-3.

                After a day off following the win, the tables turned for the Bulldogs on Sunday. Wisconsin would strike first with a goal by Ryan Davlantes less than three minutes into the game. Close scored his 31st goal of the season on the power play about three minutes later, but that would be all the Bulldogs would muster that afternoon.

                Later in the first period, Matt Blaszkiewicz scored shorthanded to break the tie and the Rampage would never look back. James Walsh and John Zupko would add to the lead in the second period and were in control of most of the game as they skated to a 4-1 win. Kyle Weiner was strong in net for the Rampage, stopping 18 of 19 Bulldog shots, including a handful of point-blank chances.

                The Bulldogs are back at it again for a three-game home series against the Fort Wayne Federals starting on Friday at 8 p.m.By Chris Dubiel

                It was a great start to 2013 for the Chicago Bulldogs, as they would cruise to a 9-3 rout of first-place Wisconsin on Friday. It was the first game in weeks for both teams, and the Bulldogs were mired in a five-game losing streak.

                With a tough opponent in town, the Bulldogs were determined to start the new year on the right foot. Being shorthanded would not stop them, as Joey Close scored to give the Bulldogs the early lead. Chicago would not just kill the remainder of the penalty after Close’s goal, but follow up with yet another shortie by Vince Bartkowiak 36 seconds later. The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead into the intermission.

                It was more of the same in the second period as the Bulldogs scored three more times. Luke Morin scored a pair, including a short-hander and Close added another at even strength. Pucks continued to fill the net in the third, as Ryan West, Nick Gorczyca, Nathan Viberg and Close padded a big lead. Close’s hat trick put him at the 30-goal plateau.

                James Maher carried a shutout into the second period with some key saves early in the game. He ended up turning away 17 of 20 Rampage shots as the Bulldogs defeated Wisconsin 9-3.

                After a day off following the win, the tables turned for the Bulldogs on Sunday. Wisconsin would strike first with a goal by Ryan Davlantes less than three minutes into the game. Close scored his 31st goal of the season on the power play about three minutes later, but that would be all the Bulldogs would muster that afternoon.

                Later in the first period, Matt Blaszkiewicz scored shorthanded to break the tie and the Rampage would never look back. James Walsh and John Zupko would add to the lead in the second period and were in control of most of the game as they skated to a 4-1 win. Kyle Weiner was strong in net for the Rampage, stopping 18 of 19 Bulldog shots, including a handful of point-blank chances.

                The Bulldogs are back at it again for a three-game home series against the Fort Wayne Federals starting on Friday at 8 p.m.