‘Dogs return to pound with 2-0 edge over Manitoba Moose

Apparently the Price is right.

Goaltender Carey Price picked up a pair of wins to give the Hamilton Bulldogs a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven American Hockey League North Division final against the Manitoba Moose. The two wins, 3-2 on Sunday and 2-1 on Saturday in Winnipeg, leave the Bulldogs in a favourable position for Games 3, 4 and 5 (if necessary) with the series resuming at Copps Coliseum on Tuesday night. Game 4 is set for Thursday and Game 5 is reserved for Saturday night.

Price, assigned to the Bulldogs when his junior team was eliminated from the playoffs, stopped 41 of 43 shots he faced on Sunday night and was equally impressive in the series opener 24 hours earlier, turning away 24 of 25 scoring efforts. Price has won five playoff games for the ‘Dogs.

Hamilton struck first on Sunday, with Cory Urquhart scoring his second post season goal at 9:44 of the first period. Just under eight minutes later, while on the power play, Yannick Tremblay evened the score for the Moose.

After a scoreless middle stanza, Manitoba took a 2-1 lead just 1:30 into the third period. Lee Goren was credited with the goal which hit the crossbar and dropped behind Price.

Hamilton replied just 2:02 later when Maxim Lapierre drove the net with the puck and muscled home his fifth playoff goal.

Two minutes later, Matt D’Agostini scored the eventual game-winner.

On Saturday night, after a scoreless opening frame, Ajay Baines tallied the first playoff goal at 6:55 of the middle stanza to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. At 14:52 of the third period, defenceman Andre Benoit gave the Bulldogs a two-goal lead on the power play.

Goren got Manitoba on the scoreboard with only 25 seconds remaining in the game.

Tuesday’s game starts at 7.30 p.m.