BULLDOGS TAKE 2 OF 3 FROM FEDERALS
By Chris Dubiel
The Bulldogs took a trip to Fort Wayne, IN. for a three-game weekend series against the Federals. Chicago won the first two games, but they suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday.
Chicago 4, Fort Wayne 3
After facing a talented Rampage squad one week prior, the Fort Wayne Federals would prove to be another tough challenge. The Bulldogs trailed in the first period when Nick Denice opened the scoring for the Federals. Fort Wayne would take the lead into the first intermission.
The second period belonged to the Bulldogs as Chicago got goals from Matt Soukup and Colin McAuliffe. They would ride that momentum into the beginning of the third period with Jim Bohne scoring at the 3:46 mark. The Federals answered back when Brendan Lewis made it 3-2 three minutes later. Chaz Mosby tied the score at 3-3 with a powerplay goal at 12:27 of the third.
The score remained 3-3 after three periods of play and the game went into overtime. Jordan Swiderski was the hero for the Bulldogs, netting the game-winning goal at 1:21 of overtime. The winner gave Chicago its 16th straight victory. Lee Satran stopped 36 of 39 shots in the win.
Chicago 7, Fort Wayne 0
After a hard-fought overtime victory, the Bulldogs were primed for a big performance on Saturday night. Luke Morin got things going for Chicago with a shorthanded goal about halfway through the first period.
The second period would be huge for the Bulldogs, as they exploded with four goals during the middle frame. Michael Delaney and Pete Jorgensen notched powerplay goals. Then Matt Soukup netted a pair of goals, one coming at even strength and the other on the powerplay.
Chicago added insurance in the third period to seal the win. Michael Maines and Tyler Cosentino got on the board to make it seven goals for the Bulldogs. Chicago went 3-for-6 on the powerplay and Lee Satran got his second win in as many nights as well as earning the shutout. The win was Chicago’s 17th in a row.
Fort Wayne 3, Chicago 1
All was quiet during the first period of Sunday’s contest as there was no scoring until the second period. Jordan Swiderski lit the lamp at 10:42 of the second period to break the scoreless tie. His goal would be the only one of the period.
The Federals stunned the Bulldogs in the third period with two quick goals. Ryan Matteson tied the game 44 seconds into the period and Colin Fletcher gave Fort Wayne the 2-1 lead just 34 seconds later. Cameron Wirick assisted on both goals. Ian Harris added an insurance goal for the Federals at 4:48 and they would preserve the lead and go on to win 3-1. Joe Lennox made 33 saves but suffered his first loss of the season. The loss was also the first of the season for Chicago as the Bulldogs are now 17-1 on the season. Fort Wayne improved its record to 9-1-1-1 (W-L-OTL-SOL).
The Bulldogs will look to bounce back on Saturday night when the Motor City Chiefs roll into town. Motor City is the only undefeated team remaining in the GLJHL.