The Hamilton Bulldogs had their seven-game road winning streak in the playoffs snapped after dropping a 4-2 decision to the Hershey Bears on Saturday night.
The loss evened the American Hockey League championship series at 1-1. The third game of the best-of-seven final will go Monday night when the series resumes at Copps Coliseum, Gametime is 7.30 p.m.
Playing in Hershey where the Bulldogs blanked the Bears 4-0 to start the series on Friday night, Zack Stortini opened the scoring at 5:39 of the first period on Saturday night. The rugged winger wired a slap shot from just inside the blueline past an unsuspecting Bears’ netminder Frederic Cassivi. Corey Locke and Dan Jancevski earned the assists. Hershey pulled even about five minutes later when Scott Barney scored on the power play, his first of two goals on the night.
The Bulldogs regained the lead at 7:21 of the middle frame when Kyle Chipchura tipped in Jancevski’s point shot. Andre Benoit also assisted on the 2-1 goal.
But the Bears replied with a pair of goals in a span of 5:13 in the second stanza. Jakub Klepis tied the game at 8:03 with his third goal of the post-season. Barney then scored his second power-play marker at 13:16 to give the Bears a 3-2 lead.
In the third period, Chris Bourque scored the insurance marker at the 8:53 mark with his second goal of the playoffs.
Carey Price made 36 saves on 40 shots for the Bulldogs while Cassivi turned aside 20 shots.
Hamilton was 0-for-9 on the power play and went 7-for-9 on the penalty-kill.
Games four and five will also be played in Hamilton on Wednesday and Thursday, both 7:30 p.m. starts.