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Jaskin and Cundari lead Chicago over a worn down Hamilton squad

Sunday, 01.26.2014 / 6:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Jaskin and Cundari lead Chicago over a worn down Hamilton squad

HAMILTON - Dimitrij Jaskin and Mark Cundari both had a goal and an assist as the Chicago Wolves defeated the Hamilton Bulldogs 4-1 in American Hockey League play on Sunday.

Tyler Shattock and Joel Edmundson also scored for the Wolves (23-15-4), who won their second game in as many days. Matt Climie made 21 saves for the win.

Christian Thomas had the lone goal for the Bulldogs (20-18-4) while Robert Mayer stopped 40 shots in defeat.

Hamilton's offence sputtered for much of the first period, but manufactured the game's first threat 11 minute in when Jordan Owens gathered the puck along the boards and found Jarred Tinordi with a centring pass in the high slot.

The defenceman drew a move from Climie as he glided to his left, but snapped his shot just over the crossbar.

The Wolves produced the game's opening goal after Hamilton's Gabriel Dumont was penalized for interference.

Chicago peppered the Bulldogs with point shots on the power play and the final one, courtesy of Brent Regner, took a deflection onto the stick of Jaskin, who easily chipped a shot over the near shoulder of Mayer at 14:25.

A costly misplay by Mayer allowed the Wolves to double their lead a minute and a half later.

Shattock carried the puck along the right boards and fired a weak wrist shot toward the net with teammates headed to the crease. Mayer stopped the effort, but deflected a rebound into the air, where it clipped a defender and slid past him.

Chicago's lead swelled to three goals just 1:28 into the second period, with the two teams playing 4-on-4.

A giveaway in the neutral zone spurng Alexandre Bolduc, Adam Cracknell and Edmundson on a three-man break, and Edmundson took the final touch on the right wing and fired a rising wrist shot past Mayer at the far post.

Less than two minutes later, the Bulldogs responded on what seemed to be a harmless rush.

Thomas carried the puck into the offensive zone on the left wing with his linemates alongside him, and launched a long-range wrist shot from the top of the circle that beat Climie over the shoulder at 3:24 of the second period.

Hamilton appeared to make it 3-2 when a bizarre bounce off of the glass behind the net had the puck bounce off the back of Climie and into his goal.

But Bulldog centreman Maxime Macenauer was judged to have touched the puck with a high stick, and the goal was disallowed.

A potential turning point avoided, the Wolves increased their lead with a fourth goal at 12:02.

Nathan Longpre took possession of the puck below the goal line and found an unmarked Cundari with a centring pass. He reacted quickly to snap a wrist shot over the far shoulder of Mayer.

Hamilton defenceman Morgan Ellis fell awkwardly into the boards midway through the period and was slow to return to the bench with an apparent upper-body injury. He stayed on the bench for the remainder of the period, but did not return for the third.

The most promising scoring chance of the third fell to Macenauer, who weaved through Chicago's defence pairing before firing a wrist shot off Climie's far post.

Still pressing for consolation, the Bulldogs were denied by a highlight-reel worthy save by Climie with six and a half minutes to play.

Martin St. Pierre protected the puck on the left wing and threaded a pass cross-ice to Owens, whose one-time shot was snared by the sliding Climie.

Chicago went 1 for 6 on the power play while Hamilton failed to score on four chances with the man advantage.

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