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Sterling scores two early goals, Wolves hang on to beat Bulldogs

HAMILTON - Brett Sterling opened the scoring with two goals and the Chicago Wolves hung on for a 4-3 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs on Saturday in the American Hockey League.

Chicago opened the scoring on the power play at the 8:25 mark of the first period when Sterling's wrist shot to the glove side slipped past Bulldogs netminder Yann Danis. Sterling then scored again at 12:04 of the period, shovelling a rebound into the back of the Bulldogs net.

Hamilton cut Chicago's lead to 2-1 at 18:10 of the first when Greg Stewart scored his first-career AHL goal. Jonathan Ferland, who drew the lone assist on the play, won the face-off straight back to Stewart who fired a high wrist shot to the top left corner of the net.

Bulldogs forward Eric Manlow registered his second goal of the season at 3:28 of the middle period to tie the game 2-2. Marvin Degon setup Manlow who blasted a shot over the right shoulder of Wolves' netminder Fred Brathwaite.

Hamilton (4-6-0-3) then took a 3-2 lead at 15:27 of the second frame when Janne Lahti banged in a loose puck at the side of Chicago's net. Corey Locke earned an assist on the goal and took sole possession of third place on the Bulldogs all-time scoring list with 166 points (57-109-166), surpassing Peter Sarno who posted 165 points (42-123-165) as a Bulldog.

Locke now needs 14 points to overtake Brain Swanson (71-108-179) and become Hamilton's all-time leading scorer.

The Wolves stormed out of the gate in the third period with two goals in a span of 1:26 to take a 4-3 lead. Fifty seconds into the frame, Jesse Schultz scored his seventh goal of the season to tie the game at three. Chicago's Andre Deveaux then scored the game's eventual winning goal at the 2:16 mark.

The Bulldogs were 0-for-4 on the power play while the Wolves went 1-for-2 with the man advantage.

Danis turned aside 34 of 38 shots in a losing effort for Hamilton, while Brathwaite made 29 saves on 32 shots to earn the victory for Chicago.


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