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Series win gets Bulldogs back on track


By Chris Dubiel

After a rough weekend in Wooster suffering a sweep to the Oilers, the Bulldogs got back to winning ways, taking a pair of victories in Stevens Point.

                The start to the road series wouldn’t be what the Bulldogs were looking for, as the Central Wisconsin Saints prevailed in the opener, winning 4-2 behind goals from Colin Van Hauter and Brett Lucas, who each scored twice. Vince Bartkowiak and Michael Maines scored for Chicago.

                On Saturday, the Bulldogs shifted the series into their favor, cruising to a 4-1 win. Trevor Foley, Luke Morin, Griffin Mason and Adamson Thoma found the back of the net. Joseph Close assisted twice. Chicago excelled on special teams, going 1-for-3 on the power play and killing off all three shorthanded situations.  James Maher made 30 saves on 31 Central Wisconsin shots to notch his ninth victory.

                The Bulldogs would not disappoint in Sunday’s series finale, storming out of the gate with four first period goals. Maines opened the scoring about four minutes in and then Adam Marshall, Nathan Viberg and Doug Kurzawski followed with goals. It was Kurzawski’s first goal as a member of the Bulldogs. Maines would score again in the third period on the power play and Chicago cruised to a 5-0 victory.

                Matt Young produced a stellar performance between the pipes, turning away all 22 Saints shots. Young earned his 11th win of the season and second shutout.

                The Bulldogs play their final home game of the regular season on Friday night, as they host the division-leading Wisconsin Rampage at 8:00 p.m. at the Canlan Ice Sports Arena in Romeoville.