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West Michigan sweeps Bulldogs




Chicago 3 @ West Michigan 4 – Three periods of regulation and an overtime session were not enough to settle matters as the West Michigan Wolves defeated the Chicago Junior Bulldogs in a shootout 4-3 (1-0 SO). The shootout featured 18 attempts between both teams. West Michigan came back from a two-goal deficit to capture the victory. The Wolves trailed 3-1 after a goal by Chicago's Ryan Glennon at 16:37 in the second period. West Michigan knotted things up at 3-3 on a goal by Corey Siwula at 16:57 in the third period. Siwula had a great game for the Wolves, netting two goals. West Michigan excelled on the penalty kill, not giving up a single goal in three chances. The Wolves forced the Junior Bulldogs goalie Troy Pierce to work between the pipes, taking 38 shots. West Michigan's defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in three goals. West Michigan also had goals scored by Dakota Ulmer and Austin Buchholz, who scored one goal each. In addition, West Michigan received assists from Hunter Vorva, Josh Somers, Michael Tratar, Sean Smalley, and Devin Farkas, who contributed one each. Chicago stifled the Wolves' power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. The Junior Bulldogs were helped by Niko Moulakelis, who grabbed one goal. Moulakelis scored 13:15 into the second period to make the score 2-1 Chicago. Scott Coash Jr picked up the assist. Max Piper also scored for Chicago. Other players who recorded assists for Chicago were Jordan Pitlick, who had one. Vorva recorded 27 saves for West Michigan. Troy Pierce made 34 saves for Chicago on 37 shots. 



Chicago 0 @ West Michigan 5 – Brandon Benaglio scored twice as the West Michigan Wolves completed a weekend sweep of the visiting Chicago Jr. Bulldogs with a 5-0 shutout on Sunday. Goalie Kyler Patenaude stopped all 28 shots that came his way for his first career shutout in the win. Goals from Ian Rolfsen and Benaglio put the Wolves ahead 2-0 after the 1st period. Benaglio scored again in the 2nd period to make it 3-0 and Devin Farkas and Corey Siwula also scored to complete the 5-0 win. Michael Paku made 34 saves in the Bulldogs loss.


 The Bulldogs host West Michigan for the third consecutive home game on Friday before playing three games in the NA3HL Showcase in Blaine, MN.