Will it be a Moose or a Griffin? Actually several Moose and several Griffins.
Hamilton Bulldogs will face either Manitoba’s Moose or the Grand Rapid Griffins in the North Division final after eliminating the Rochester Americans from their American Hockey League divisional semifinal. Hamilton’s 6-2 win on Saturday night gave the Bulldogs the best-of-seven affair four games to two.
Manitoba and Grand Rapid are tied 3-3 with the deciding game set for Tuesday (May 1) in Manitoba. If Hamilton meets Grand Rapid, that series will start Thursday and Friday at Copps Coliseum and if the Bulldogs play the Moose, Hamilton will travel to Winnipeg to open the series on Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday night, Maxim Lapierre scored two goals to lead the Bulldogs.
Also scoring Hamilton were Eric Manlow, with his second of the playoffs, Ryan O’Byrne, with his first-ever pro career goal, Kyle Chipchura, and Corey Locke.
Timo Helbling and Clarke MacArthur replied for the Americans.
The series win was Hamilton’s first against Rochester after the Americans had beaten out the Bulldogs four times.
Carey Price made 25 saves for Hamilton while Craig Anderson stopped 27 of 33 shots.
The Bulldogs were 1-for-6 on the power play while the Americans went 0-for-3 with the man advantage.