Despite out-shooting the Manitoba Moose 29-23, the Hamilton Bulldogs dropped a 3-2 decision in Game 4 of their American Hockey League playoff series on Saturday night at Copps Coliseum. The North Division final is now tied 2-2.
After a scoreless first period, the teams exchanged goals early in the middle stanza. On the power play, Danny Groulx fired a wrist shot from the point past Moose netminder Wade Flaherty at the 2:49 mark to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead. Jonathan Ferland and Corey Locke assisted on Groulx’s third goal of the post-season.
But just 57 seconds later, Moose forward and former Bulldog J.J. Hunter evened the score with a short-handed breakaway goal.
Manitoba took a 2-1 lead on the power play when Lee Goren tipped in Yannick Tremblay’s shot from the point at 11:23 of the second frame. It was Goren’s fourth goal of the post-season.
At 2:31 of the third period, ‘Dogs centreman Kyle Chipchura notched his second goal of the playoffs to tie the score 2-2. Receiving a cross-ice pass from Ajay Baines, Chipchura streaked down the wing and unleashed a shot past Flaherty on the glove side.
The Moose regained the lead two minutes later when Prestin Ryan’s shot from the point went through a crowd past Bulldogs goaltender Carey Price. On the night, Price made 20 saves on 23 shots. Manitoba’s Wade Flaherty stopped 27 shots.
The teams resume the series today (Sunday) at 3 p.m. at Copps.