The Hamilton Bulldogs face elimination from their best-of-seven American Hockey League playoff series after dropping a 4-1 decision to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Friday night (April 24). The Griffins lead the opening playoff round affair 3-2 and could wrap up the series on Sunday when it returns to Copps Coliseum for Game 6.
The Bulldogs managed a meager 15 shots in the loss while the Griffins Darren Haydar scored two goals in front of 5,110 spectators.
The Griffins opened the scoring at the eight minute mark of the first period. While on the power play, Jakub Kindl blasted a shot from the point that was saved by Hamilton goaltender Marc Denis. Denis was unable to control the rebound, which Tom Galvin grabbed and flicked over the netminder. Grand Rapids took a 2-0 lead at 15:07. Kindl received a pass from Francis Pare and hammered a shot that sailed past Denis.
The Bulldogs cut the lead in half two minutes later while on a two-man advantage. Ben Maxwell fed the puck to Mike Glumac, who was positioned in the high slot. Glumac rifled a shot past Grand Rapids goaltender Jimmy Howard.
The Griffins scored their second power-play goal of the game at 11:11 of the middle frame to take a 3-1 lead. Haydar received a pass from Garrett Stafford before firing a shot from the point. The puck made its way through traffic in front of the net before beating Denis below the blocker.
Haydar added his second goal of the game at 7:17 to give Grand Rapids a 4-1 lead. Ville Leino passed the puck to Haydar, who carried it over the blue line. Haydar snapped a shot from the top of the left faceoff circle beating Denis on the glove side. Denis faced 34 shots on the night.
Sunday’s game starts at 6 p.m. game. All home playoff games can be seen on Cable 14 or fans can listen to the game on TALK 820 radio. All post-season radio and online broadcasts will begin with a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to each scheduled game-time.